Pay It Forward: Arthur Ray
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
The residents at Timberlake Estates in Springfield are like one big family, but there's one resident in particular who everyone describes as a miracle in disguise.
Meet Arthur Ray.
"I'm just happy to have the ability to help people," Ray said. "That's the good thing about life."
It doesn't take long for Ray's effects on residents at Timberlake Estates in Springfield to become clear.
"He's got the biggest heart I've ever known," said Judy Shade, a resident.
Everyone we talked to for December's Newschannel 20's Pay It Forward, said almost the exact same thing about Ray.
"Of all the people I've ever met, Artie's the kindest, sweetest, giving, most selfless person I've ever met," Roberts said.
So, what exactly does Ray do?
"Artie would take my car at that time and go and get my scripts and go to the store for me and just do a lot of things like that, cook for me," said Judy Shade, another resident.
From being residents' personal chauffeur to individually scraping the ice off of dozens of cars in a frozen parking lot, Ray does it all.
"As far as him helping people, he's been doing that as long as I've ever known him, and like I said, I met him when I was 11-years-old," said Ray's lifelong friend, Peston Hope Howze.
The key act of his kindness though, food.
"He cooks and bakes wonderfully," Roberts said.
When Newschannel 20 asked, "Is there anything Ray isn't good at?"
There was a simple answer, taking compliments.
Just a glimpse into the many reasons Roberts wanted Ray to get $500 in groceries from HyVee this holiday season.
"These unsung heroes, they are important to our community and it's all about helping people, so, we're glad that HyVee can be involved," said Marketing Coordinator Stacy Barnett.