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Steve Morgan - "A Present from the Heart"

Two sisters in Cleveland help mark a 'Pay it Forward' milestone tonight, $10,000 in total cash gift surprises!

Janet and Georganne Keppler can hardly wait to Pay it Forward to a stranger-turned friend for his gift of sight seven years ago. In October of 2006 a crash that nearly cost Georganne her life.

Her sister, Janet, could do little but watch from Georganne's hospital bedside.

Janet says, "She was incapacitated for quite some time. Because of that she lost her job."

The car was totaled and so were Georganne's glasses that she so desperately needed.

"She could only see to about the end of her nose, and so, she was going through all these treatments and surgeries and everything. We just could not afford to replace her glasses."

That's where Steve Morgan comes in. He heard about Georganne at church where he also works.

For very personal reasons, Steve wanted to give her back her sight, and saw to it that an eye doctor gave her new glasses at no cost.

Georgeann chokes back tears, "Nobody has ever done anything remotely like that for me before. It was totally unexpected and I'm very grateful."

Now Janet, Georgeann, and a circle of friends wait for him to emerge from his office.

He walks out without seeing us and Janet shouts, "Hey Steve, can you come over here a minute? I want to tell you something... on behalf of McMahan Law Firm and NewsChannel 9 Georganna and I want to honor you..."

Steve finishes her thought, ... "And Pay it Forward."

"That's wonderful," he smiles and says.

Steve lost his sight to Multiple Sclerosis but tells me it was his heart, not his eyes, that recognized a person in need.

Steve says, "People often will ask you, when did you lose your vision? I didn't. I lost my eyesight and my vision actually got better."

Once complete strangers these friends now count their blessings in a truly 'Pay it Forward' way.

Janet goes on to say, "So put your hand out, Steve. Here's $100, $200, $300, $400, $500."

The crowd inside First Baptist church into bursts applause.

Steve and  hugs his friends and family, "Thank you so much."

By the way, Steve Morgan is Christian counselor at First Baptist Church in Cleveland and also serves as a chaplain with Disaster Relief of Tennessee.Steve Morgan - "A Present from the Heart"

Wednesday, October 16 2013, 07:50 AM EDT

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