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Pay It 4Ward: Boyd Foster

KARK honors Dardanelle man delivering food and a smile to elderly neighbors.
DARDANELLE, AR - Public housing can oftentimes be a place where you hear only negative things, but that's not the case in Dardanelle. 

That's where KARK and Chick-fil-A of Central Arkansas this week Pay it 4Ward to an Arkansan helping break that mold.
 
Each month, Boyd Foster loads up and rolls out on a path he's familiar with.

"I said we'll get started and see how it goes. I've been doing it ever since," Foster tells KARK.

His job is to deliver dozens of bags filled with a month's worth of groceries. The recipients are a part of his family.

"Hi, how you doing? I've got your food box here," Foster says to one recipient.

Foster knows what it's like living from month to month because he used to live in the housing authority where he now makes deliveries.

"When they moved away a year ago he still came back and gave food boxes away because that's the kind of person he is." says Genice Applegate, administrative assistant at the Dardanelle Housing Authority.

Since 2010, Foster has been delivering 20 pound bags of food to around 25 of his elderly neighbors at the Dardanelle Housing Authority, as a volunteer for the non-profit, Arkansas River Valley Area Council. The organization also known as ARVAC, depends on volunteers. It serves 1300 people in a nine county area.

"Boyd is just an example of our whole hand up, as opposed to hand out approach. He's utilized the program, so it's really come full circle to really give back to the community," says Stephanie Ellis, ARVAC Executive Director.

Even though he's a new homeowner, Foster will always credit the housing authority for helping him get back on his feet.

"I've needed help from time to time and people have been there for me and I just feel like I need to do the same for others that have done that for me," he explains.

KARK and Chick-fil-A surprised Foster and paid it forward.

When he's not helping feed, Foster likes to fish. He will soon be catching more with the $250 gift card he's received to Bass Pro Shops.

"I like chicken too!," Foster tells KARK.

This humble Arkansan still has a desire to do a good deed and deliver a smile.

"That's my favorite part, to see them smile and appreciate having some food on the table," says Foster.

Click here to learn more about ARVAC.

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