Pay It Forward
A selfless giver is how this man is described. Even though hes now in his 70s-- the man who was orphaned at age nine continues to give to those in need.
"You said that all we had to do was love you, trust you, serve you, and you would provide for all of our needs."
When we presented him with the $500 check from County Market to Pay It Forward for his good deeds, Sam Winger said a prayer. The widowed Springfield minister has dedicated his life to making things easier for people facing hardship similar to those of his early life.
"Its my calling. This is what the Lord has called me to do. You know my thinking about life is that the greatest tragedy in life is if you live all your life and the creator had something for you to do and you missed it," Winger said.
He and his late wife founded Serving Jesus Willingly Urban Ministries in Springfield. Once a month the ministry sponsors a food drive, and the 24 hour operation ensures that no one ever has to go without clothes.
"Hes very popular. First of allthe porch is very popular. Without Sam even being there to represent the center, the center represents itself because of Sams spirtgiving. Its on the porch. You can come up; get what you want. Sam selflessly works with or without help," Winger's friend Deann Horton said.
A board controls donations made to Wingers organization. Some months like this June are very lean, but Winger says he makes due personally with however much or little there is at his disposal. Horton says its part of what makes Sam Winger the man he is.
"Hes been the same man since Ive known him. Hes never changed. Hes been the same kind, community man, interested in the needs of others without asking questions. Theres always justhes, hes a giver," she said.
Its for those selfless acts we "Pay It Forward" to Sam Winger.