Veteran pays it forward to woman who help her when she was homeless

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OLATHE, Kan. — A veteran who found herself in a tough situation said she wants to pay it forward to the woman who has helped her and her family get back on their feet.

Odester Stokes said her life abruptly changed when the apartment building she and her children were living in was unexpectedly sold.

“So they gave us 60 days to move,  but we don’t have family here so it’s really, really hard for us to find somewhere to go,” Stokes said.

She says Sadie Sanchez insisted that she and her family move in so she wouldn’t become homeless.

“She was like stay here what are you talking about, there’s no other place I’d rather you guys to go,” Stokes said.  “Stay here, that’s where we are.”

Stokes says she is waiting on disability for a medical condition she developed while serving in Desert Storm.

“It’s been really complicated to make ends meet, but I got blessed with the vehicle from Cars for Heroes,” Stokes said.  “Now Sadie is blessing us with a place to stay until we get our own place.”

Stokes and FOX 4 presented Sadie with $300 as part of Pay It Forward.

Sadie was overcome with emotion when presented with the special gift.

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