Delivery driver from Red Bank feeds homeless twice a month

Daryl is one of the folks Wanda serves. (Image: WTVC)

A woman from Red Bank spends two weekends a month serving the homeless.

In this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises her in action.

Wanda Espy is always ready to help those in need. As a delivery driver she encounters homeless folks every day.

She started carrying food, clothes and hygiene items in her truck years ago. Today its turned into the Hope Homeless Outreach.

Warm sweaters, tooth brushes and stacks of canned goods.

They're all items Wanda Espy collects to hand out to the homeless twice a month.

"She's very focused, very driven, if she has a passion for something, she's going to dive right into it and nothing is going to stop her," said Cindra Vaden.

Cindra is one of several folks from Rock Bridge Community Church that helps Wanda with her ministry.

They set up Saturdays across the street from the Community Kitchen in Chattanooga.

At first, she was helping the homeless all alone.

"We just wanted to come along side her and say, you can do it bigger and better with more hands helping you, so that's how we get involved," said Cindra.

This Saturday, Cindra is waiting for Wanda to pick her up to help set up.

As she pulled into the parking lot, Cindra was ready.

"Wanda, on behalf of Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, they would like to award the Pay It Forward for all that you do for the homeless, because we know how much that ministry means to you, and how much you give. So hold out your hand sweetie, 1, 2, 3, 4, $500. We love you so much," surprised Cindra.

"Thank you," cried Wanda.

As Wanda climbed out of her truck, one of the folks she serves walked up to say hello and take a picture with her.

Daryl says its her smile, not the hot meals that warms his heart.

"A smile tells everything about a person's personality," said Daryl.

Before Daryl took off, Wanda made sure he was taken care of.

"How about some beef sticks?" asked Wanda.

"Thank you beautiful," said Daryl.

"You're welcome," said Wanda.

"I feel like sometimes they bless me more than I do them," said Wanda.

Do you know someone who deserves $500 for helping others in need? Nominate them here!

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