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Ollie Farris - Friends for Life

This week's Pay it Forward celebrates friendship.

Over the years we form common bonds with people whose caring and compassion enriches our lives in profound ways.

True friendship can survive the test of time and sustain us through all of life's ups and downs.

Tonight's series takes us to Meigs County. We meet our nominator in the parking lot of a Decatur business where we plan to surprise a woman who spends her days helping seniors in need.

Diane Colbaugh can hardly wait to honor her friend and fellow nursing home volunteer.

Diane says, "I nominated Ollie Farris because she is a person that touches a lot of people's lives. She volunteers over at Brookwood nursing home three days a week... but she does more than that."

Seventy-nine year young Ollie is constantly on-the-go, getting groceries, picking up prescriptions and cooking for people who cannot do so themselves.

"Like, if you're at home and sick or something she'll call if she can't come by just to check on you.. and that makes you feel a lot better," Diane says.

Across the street the Brookwood bingo game is about to start and Ollie's expecting Diane at any time. So we count out our cash, arrive at the nursing home and meet more of Ollie's friends outside.

Then we make our way to the rec-room.

Diane shouts, "Hi everybody! I'm runnin' late today."

Explaining to a surprised Ollie and room of residents she goes on to explain, "Everyone loves you (Ollie) for what you do and I just wanted to recognize you.  And, on behalf of McMahan Law Firm and the NewsChannel 9 people, hold out your hand. I have one, two, three, four, five hundred dollars.

In front of a cheering crowd the friends exchange hugs.

"I love you, Ollie," Diane says.
 
Choking back tears she replies, "I love you!"

Ollie says she's been volunteering at Brookwood since her husband passed away several years ago.

"Losing him, you know, got stressful, so, in order to see my friends I just kept on comin' up here and volunteering,"  Ollie says as she sheds a tear.

One-by-one, I meet the kind folks at Brookwood and it's easy to see why Ollie returns each week.

I ask her how long she will continue her volunteer work.

Laughing a little, Ollie says, "As long as I'm able to get out of bed."Ollie Farris - Friends for Life

Monday, August 19 2013, 06:35 PM EDT

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