CABOT, Ark.- Despite battling with chemo a local resident is doing her part to battle hunger and more in her community.
"Everybody knows her because she is such a people person," said Vickie Jackson, who nominated this weeks Pay it Forward recipient.
Kimberly Buchberger didn't know a soul when she moved to Lonoke county in 2005.
"When I came to Cabot and I pulled into my garage, he just gave me a vision of what I wanted to do."
That vision came from God.
"I had been through a really hard time in my life," Kimberly said.
It inspired her to help strangers
"Hope just started growing."
Hope's Closet eventually outgrew her garage and into a donated building off U.S. Highway 167.
"If there's a need, she's there," Jackson said.
Now 8 years later Buchberger and a half a dozen volunteers hand out more than just free clothes. Hope's Closet's supplement food pantry serves more than 50 families a week. Last Thanksgiving, Buchberger and team served hot meals to more than 500 families and sent them home filled with groceries, called "Boxes of Hope."
"It makes me happy that I’m doing something good for our community," Buchberger said.
In between getting chemo for breast cancer, Buchberger keeps her commitment to the community.
"There are days where I don't feel like walking, but I tell my husband I’ve got to keep pushing."
"Ya'll are going to make me cry."
With the help of friends and family, we dropped in Tuesday unannounced and paid it forward
While she hopes to use the 250 dollars toward a new deep freezer, she also pointed out an immediate need
"We lost power yesterday so we had to shut down early and I felt bad. So we need emergency lighting."
KARK and McDonald's reward a faithful friend to many, now inspired to keep on fighting her own battle.
"This gives me strength, this gives me energy and it gives me the hope in knowing that everything is going to be ok. It's going to be ok and I’m going to make it," said Buchberger.
Doctors report that her tumor is gone and she just needs two more treatments. Since her diagnosis in August, Buchberger has had to take off from her day job as a bus aide for the Cabot school district. She plans to return in August.
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