Pay It Forward Forever


By Evie Allen
By Brandon Merano

CARMI -- In White County, residents have formed a unique group committed to continually giving to the community.

Steve Talley started the non-profit Pay It Forward Forever - or PIFF -  in 2012. The organization has 15 active members who have helped raise more than $50,000 for those in need.

"And that's what PIFF's about. We try to give a hand up not a hand out," explained Talley.

One of the first benefits the group held brought in $5,000 for Debra Weber's grandson who was suffering from kidney failure.

"I look at the community a whole lot different now, I really do. I want to be there for them some day like they were for me," said Weber.

One of the group's biggest fundraisers is in October, when Talley's auto shop becomes a haunted house. We had our own shock for Talley this week, presenting him with a $250 donation from Black Diamond Harley Davidson.

"I'm too old to be crying, but I'm about ready to choke up here."

Talley says Pay It Forward Forever is committed to helping even more people and hopes other communities start their own, similar groups.

"Everybody that's in this group, it does them a lot of good to give back."

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