Pay It Forward May 2023 – Lewis Lawson

ProTec Services Security Technician Lewis Lawson paid forward $500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

He said, “I’ve worked with them in the past taking part in the Make a Wish Trail Blaze challenge. After meeting some of the families of the wish recipients I know how much the wishes mean to the children and their families.”

According to, tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness. In the U.S. and its territories, a wish is granted every 34 minutes.

Their mission states, “Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses,” adding, wishes impact everyone involved—wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals, and communities. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic.

Examples include taking a child bobsledding after surgery for a brain tumor, helping the family of a boy undergoing treatment for leukemia build a chicken coop mansion for his pet chickens, and bringing a community together to help make a girl who survived cancer the princess of their Christmas parade.

To find out more or help grant a wish, visit

Laurens Electric’s Pay It Forward program began in 2015.

Every Laurens Electric Cooperative employee is entered into a random drawing to receive $500 to pay forward in any way they choose.

Each month a new name is drawn, and the employee then has one month to apply the funds toward their own act of kindness.

This initiative is budget-neutral; the funds come from Laurens Electric’s charity events, which employee volunteers make possible.

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