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Woman who helps family gets $500 from Pay It Forward

January 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Inglewood resident Veronica Cole sings with Pinkie McDonald in a church choir. When Cole was asked who she would nominate for ABC7 Eyewitness News' Pay It Forward campaign, she immediately thought of her friend from church.

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"She gives to the fullest," Cole said. "If she has something she can share, she will always share with you."

Cole thinks it's about time someone shared with McDonald.

McDonald's mom, Elizabeth, struggles with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure and uses a pacemaker.

She could no longer care for herself, so she moved in with her daughter.

"It's been a real hardship for her," Cole said about her friend. "Her mom has been in and out of the hospital and she always takes care of her mom."

McDonald also supports her niece and sons all on her own.

We went to her front lawn in Inglewood to deliver a bit of good news: $500 cash.

Overwhelmed with joy, McDonald said, "It's a lot when you don't have. It's a whole lot. It's a blessing.

"It's like a million dollars when you don't have," Cole said.

She says the money will help pay her family's mounting medical bills. Her family couldn't be prouder.

"If it wasn't for her, I don't know where I'd be, I'd probably be in a home, because they told me I couldn't stay by myself anymore," McDonald's mother said.

"She helps her nieces, her nephews, she even helps me," said McDonald's sister, Veronica Richardson.

McDonald and Cole broke out in song. It was only fitting for the two friends who met in the church choir.

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