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`Paying it Forward` Facebook page helps make wishes come true

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A woman in Hammond, Indiana is using social media to restore faith in mankind. She's created a Faceook page to get everyone involved in granting someone's wish.

Tamye Haugen's garage is loaded with stuff someone could use. It's not for her, though. Haugen is what some of her friends call the walking angel on earth.

"Everything from right here to the front of the garage all the way going back has been donated," Haugen points out. "I have shoes. I have household items. Everything in the back over there is clothes by size, from newborn baby all the way up to ladies double extra-large."

Five weeks ago, Tamye Haugen created a community group page on Facebook called "Paying It Forward Wishes & Heros." If you need something---anything---just post and ask. If you have something and you want to offer it up and grant a wish, post that.

So far, 1,700 people have joined the page with 240 wishes granted. Haugen says the best part are that gifts come from the heart and not the checkbook.

"No it's not about money. Most of our members don't even have money," she explains. "They're like myself and not working or very low income--but it's just a matter of giving. I'm finding the good in people. I'm connecting people who are suffering with people that can help them."

Small wishes range from a ride to the doctors to help cleaning the house for the elderly or helping those in need of furniture. Then, there are big ways of paying it forward.

Haugen is working with Zachery Plants parents to grant their wish. The 20-month-old died of cancer in July. They're asking everyone on Facebook to save pop and beer tabs or caps so Zachery can have a plaque in his memory at the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn. It will take 750 pounds of caps to make that happen.

Paying it forward is also trying to help one man in desperate need of a new kidney.

"He has just been told by his doctors that there is not match for him and it's going to be five to seven years before they can find a match for him through the donor match registry and that he needed to find his own match," Haugen says.

Tamye works the Facebook page and computer about 16 hours a day. It's a judge-free zone and she wants to make sure that everyone has at least one wish granted.

"My main three rules: no criticism, no judgment, no drama," she says. "If somebody needs something we post it if somebody can help, we help."

For more information on Paying It Forward Wishes & Heroes, visit the Facebook page here.

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