Pass the Cash: A lesson in passing the cash helps a mother in need

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - We Pass the Cash every Wednesday and although we are the ones passing out the money we never know exactly what will happen. 

There is one thing we are sure of each week. We know that you will lead us to the situation and the person that needs us most. 

We looked for help at the busy intersection of Eastern Parkway and Preston Highway where we found Alicia Breckenridge and Alanna Young.

Alanna urged Alicia to stop and Pass the Cash to her friend Tisha, who right now is without a home and without the cash she needs to care for her family.

"She had her own place but finances got hard," Alicia said. "I would love to see her get back on her feet and her and her kids have their own."


After Alicia learned how to Pass the Cash from Alanna she was ready to help her friend Tisha.

We started with $300 from WAVE 3 News, we had an extra $65 from WAVE 3 News viewers that stop me on the street - including a $2 bill and then Jefferson County Extension Office of homemakers gave us another $190 that all adds up to $555.

As we arrived Tisha was happy to see her friends, but she was not ready for her close up.

Like Alanna, Tisha watches Pass the Cash.

"You know I don't like to cry," Tisha said.

The tears came and so did the hugs, but there was never an official count of the cash. I had to whisper a reminder to at least tell Tisha how much cash we were passing.

"This is $555," Alicia said.

For her 2-year-old and her 9-year-old this could mean a new start and a new place to live.

"We had black mold in our other apartment and the land lady tried to be a slum lord and she started catching allergies so we had to move," Tisha said.

With her 2-year-old sick from the mold they had to make a move they had no money for. But Alanna knew what to do.

"I told her to stop cause she didn't know anything about the program so I told her to stop and we were going to bless someone," Alanna said.

And bless someone we did.

Since 2011, WAVE 3 News has given away thousands of dollars to worthy recipients in our Pass the Cash segment. Click here to tell us about a Kentuckiana family or individual who you believe deserves a special gift of $300. (Be sure you are registered on You cannot nominate yourself or a family member.

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