LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In the midst of all the holiday cheer Amanda Wynn was thinking of her very dear friend Emily and her twin girls.
"She never complains," Amanda said. "She keeps a song in her heart all the time."
The tune has changed for Emily and her 8-year-old twin girls. After her divorce life has been quite a bit harder for her and the girls.
"She had to go to work for the first time. She works at Walmart. They scrape to make ends meet," Amanda said.
Sometimes the ends don't even come close.
"This week she's been sick so she missed work and if you work certain places you don't get paid if you don't show up for work," Amanda said.
As a stay at home Mom and house wife before the divorce she knows the meaning of hard work.
"She struggles every day, every day," Amanda said. "There's times she doesn't know if she's gonna get gas money to go back to work until she's paid again. She gets paid every two weeks."
Even if she can afford the gas, she's not always sure she can count on the car to start. We counted out the amount we could give Emily to help – and we weren't the only ones helping to Pass the Cash. Between WAVE 3 News, Lazer Blaze, Amanda's boss and her granddaughter Aliyah we had a total of $601.
Amanda asked Emily if they could just meet for a minute. Emily never saw us, but when she finally did she knew exactly why we were there.
"Hold your hand out," Amanda said as she began to Pass the Cash.
Each bill was worth more than just its cash value.
"This is, this is amazing," Emily said. "It shows me there's giving people out there."
Emily's girls were adopted by a local basketball team and given bikes but she had already saved and bought bikes at Walmart where she worked. Her daughters had an idea about what to do with the extra bikes.
"They gave their bikes to other kids who needed them," Amanda said.
The girls just knew it was the right thing to do, especially knowing they too had been helped by someone else.
"God doesn't leave us alone," Emily said. "The Bible says he never forsakes us or leaves us."
The money Emily and her family would have gotten if she had return the bikes she bought for her girls was right back in her hands times some.
"I am very blessed and I am very thankful for the people God has placed in my life," Emily said.
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 wave3.com.) You cannot nominate yourself or a family member.