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Ezra Reynolds - Inspiring Others in the Face of Adversity

Each Monday we bring you a new 'Pay it Forward' story that honors the generosity and goodwill of others.

This week's story is no different, except that the woman behind this cash gift surprise has NEVER met the man she nominated.

Tonight's 'Pay it Forward' recognizes a man and his family that NewsChannel 9 featured last month on another weekly segment called 'Made in Your Hometown.' A viewer who happened to watch that Friday night feature was so moved she decided to act.

We meet our nominator at Signal Centers in Chattanooga where Latricia Thomas first introduced us to Ezra.

"I'm Lisa Hall. I live in Cleveland and Latricia (Thomas) did a special on NewsChannel 9 about Ezra Reynolds and his family... and it just touched my heart... and I just thought if anybody needed 'Pay it Forward'  that it was him. So, I nominated him."

Ezra is a father of five with a passion and talent for designing toys for children like his adopted son, Andrew.

Andrew and three of his adopted siblings each have special needs.

I feel compelled to ask, "What kind of connection do you have to Signal Centers or do you have to Ezra?"

Lisa quickly replies, "None whatsoever. Just the story."

We waste no time and count out our  $500 'Pay it Forward' cash and walk outside to find him.

Ezra is in the courtyard with his wife, their new baby and little Andrew. They have no idea we're there and getting ready to walk around the corner with a big surprise.

Lisa walks toward Ezra and says,  "Mr. Reynolds, my name is Lisa Hall. Nice to meet you. I saw the special NewsChannel 9's Latricia (Thomas) did on you and it touched my heart. On behalf of McMahan Law Firm and NewsChannel 9 I would like to 'Pay it Forward."

The generous gesture from a smiling stranger leaves Ezra nearly speechless.

His eyes are wide as he tells us, "We are blown away! This is completely unexpected and we're very grateful for it. It's unexpected notes of kindness like this that actually put a big highlight on the day. So, just a big thank you to you and all the people who've helped make this day possible."

Lisa reaches down to hold the little boy who, in the face of adversity, is inspiring incredible acts of kindness.

Ezra laughs and says,  "Andrew's a hard kid to forget, actually."Ezra Reynolds - Inspiring Others in the Face of Adversity

Monday, April 14 2014, 06:41 PM EDT

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