(COLUMBUS, Ga.) Tonight News 3 is introducing a new segment called "News 3 Neighbors." It will air each Monday during News 3 Evening Edition at 6:00 p.m., 5:00 central time. The stories will feature folks who have an inspirational story to tell, those who are doing good in their community, those who are motivating others to "pay it forward."
To launch this new segment, News 3 anchor Phil Scoggins travelled to Americus, Ga. to meet 58-year old Dorsey McMath.
Every church could use a member like Dorsey. Whatever chore needs to be done, Dorsey will volunteer to do it.
Wayne Gosa brings Dorsey to church every time the doors open. Wayne has been knowing Dorsey most of his life. Wayne says Dorsey is the first person you see if you go to Eastside Baptist in Americus. "Dorsey is the greeter. When you first come in you meet Dorsey. He's got a smile on his face, and he passes out bulletins on Sunday mornings," according to Wayne.
Eastside Baptist is getting ready to build a new church. No one is more enthusiastic than Dorsey. He came up with the idea of collecting aluminum cans to raise money for the building fund. He does it riding his bike. Dorsey has a built-in radar for spotting cans along the side of the road. But he also has friends saving cans for him. Take Lane Lacy for instance. He owns a paint and body shop and saves the aluminum cans from his drink machines for Dorsey.
When Dorsey gets a load of cans, he heads to a local recycling center where he's a familiar customer. Ruel McKinney works at KeII Recycling in Americus. He says, "Dorsey had 196 pounds yesterday. That's probably about average, between 100 and 200 pounds."
Over the past two years, Dorsey has collected just over seven-thousand dollars worth of aluminum cans for his church. That represents over 13,000 pounds of aluminum.
Reverend Andy Kines is the pastor of Eastside Baptist. He sums it up best. "A church that doesn't have a Dorsey is hurting!"
If you know someone who has an inspirational story to tell, send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.