Veteran starts Facebook page to help people with projects for free

A Veteran in Dade County has created a Facebook page designed to help people in need. (Image: WTVC)

A Veteran in Dade County has created a Facebook page designed to help people in need.

All you have to do is send him a message, and he'll tackle your project for free!

In this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises him on the job.

John Huffman served in the Navy for 24 years.

During that time, he recieved several awards for his volunteerism.

After his service he wanted to continue the tradition of giving back at home.

You can find "Your Dade Helper" on Facebook.

Its a page created for folks in Dade County who need a little extra help around the home, and have no means to pay for it.

The man behind the message is Veteran John Huffman.

"We actually need a lot more people like him," said his friend Pam Morcombe.

Pam got to know John while volunteering for the PTO.

He later ended up fixing her broken mailbox after her family had fallen on hard times.

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"It was amazing. My son and husband were out there helping him and he said he wasn't used to the helper being helped. It was a great experience for all of them," said Pam.

John also delivered a donated swing set to Eileen Stone's daughter after it was destroyed in a storm.

"He brought the swing set to her, set it up, and then took her old swing that was on the ground and gave all the wood to someone he knew needed wood," said Eileen.

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These ladies say John deserves a big thank you.

So they lured him to Dade County Elementary school saying they needed help installing a new computer program.

"Hi John! How are you?" asked Pam.

"Good...how are you?" said John.

"On behalf of Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, I would like to Pay It Forward to you for all the generous and thoughtful things you do for our school and community. Hold out your hand please. 1, 2, 3, 4, $500. Thank you and God bless," surprised Pam.

"Did you know about this?" John asked his wife as he hugged Pam.

John says being known as Your Dade Helper gives him purpose.

Whether its removing trash, making hot dogs at the school concession stand, or helping a turtle safely cross the road, he's willing and ready to make a difference.

"I like helping people and the most important thing for me is knowing people are getting there to-do list items done. So I feel I am helping the community in that way," said John.

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

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