Katie Bright, a Pierce County mother of two, is WSECU’s Hometown Hero for February. She is the founder of Pay It Forward Northwest, which helps connect families in need. Inspired after her family went through some difficult times, Katie started the group on Facebook to help families who have fallen on hard times or are struggling to make ends meet, says her husband.
People can donate supplies, like diapers, formula or baby food for a newborn, grocery money, or even a ride to a doctor’s appointment.
Katie is assisted by 25 faithful volunteers to run and maintain the group, and there are now Pay It Forward Northwest groups in every county in Washington State. Pay It Forward Northwest has assisted over 18,000 people in the Northwest, and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM and WSECU are proud to award Katie $2,000 to help her continue her work with the group.