Carol Sandoval and Susy Garza of Brownsville are former co-workers turned dear friends.
A life-changing divorce and custody battle for Carol in 2008 showed just how important Susy is in her life.
Carol says she hit rock bottom.
She worried about her 3 kids.
Susy made herself available around the clock.
Her comfort, kindness and positive outlook is what's leading to Susy TMs Pay it 4Ward surprise during her time of need.
I called Ryan Wolf to help me, Carol said. I want to thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for being strong for me during my divorce when I wasn't and during my child custody. Through every situation you have always been there for me, and I wanted to say thank you because you were always there with open arms. Always listening to me. I know that you are struggling right now because I've been there. And I know you're not used to this because you're a strong-willed person. You're a strong independent woman, but everyone needs help once in a while."
Susy hasn't quite recovered from her divorce.
It happened 3 years after Carol's.
Money has been tight.
She tries to make ends meet for her 3 kids by selling cosmetics.
There's a possibility she could lose her home.
Carol doesn't want her to feel alone.
"So I want to Pay it 4Ward Susy to you and your children," she told her.
Karen Gonzalez with GEF Financial Agency is standing by to award the Pay it 4Ward prize.
Susy, we just want to let you know that everyone encounters struggles in their life, Karen said. But it's nice to know that you have friends that are willing to help you in your time of need. And we want you to know that GEF Financial is one of those friends. Here's $400.
Susy starts to cry.
Carol gives her a hug and tells her she loves her.
"How are you feeling right now? Action 4 TMs Ryan Wolf asked.
Very emotional, she responded. I was really struggling. I never thought I would go through this. I am very thankful for the friends that I have as well. I'm not there for my friends for any other reason other than they are my friends. I never thought this would happen to me."
Kindness comes full circle.
It TMs a friendship that stands the test of time.
"Pay it 4Ward!" Susy said.