Brandie Wallen started Paying it Forward in Pampa in February 2016
Volunteer, Katy Wilde, says she wanted to help because she knew there was a need in not only Pampa, but surrounding communities
PAMPA, TX (KFDA) -
Brandie Wallen always seems to know who needs help in Pampa. Earlier this year she started the Facebook page, 'Paying it Forward in Pampa' where residents post their needs and those in the community donate items to help.
She first started collecting items at her home. Donations quickly started coming in faster than she could give them out and was in need of a bigger space.
Later on in February, she received an offer to move into a big warehouse. She moved hundreds of items from her home into the old building -- items like furniture, clothes and household items that are free for anyone in need.
Now, after 8 months in the warehouse, she's almost back to square one -- looking for a new place.
"I'm looking for someone just to donate the building for us to use," said Wallen.
The property owner who let her into the warehouse recently put it up for sale. Wallen says she cannot afford to buy the warehouse -- or the increased rent to the owner -- leaving her in an unsure situation.
"We have done tremendous work for Pampa and it's a good thing, nobody wants to see it go away," said Wallen. "I didn't start this for it not to make it."
Since she started 'Paying it Forward', Wallen and her two volunteers have lost count of how many people they've helped.
"Hundreds, hundreds of people," said Wallen.
"It's the people who make you do it because there's such a need in this town," said volunteer, Katy Wilde. "People come from Wheeler,McClain, Amarillo and Lefors. It's not just Pampa."
Which makes 'Paying it Forward' that much more important. Wallen and her volunteers say they will try to not give up, despite not knowing what will come next. In the meantime, Wallen says all she can do is pray.
"I've given it to the good lord," said Wallen. "He will find us a place, he will."
If you would like to help keep Paying it Forward in Pampa alive, contact Brandie at 806-440-5079.