CBS 5 News is recognizing a Valley man who just wanted to make a stranger's day better.
Jeff Simmons is a busy man, working a full-time job by day and then spending hours in his garage with his side business, cutting, painting and personalizing wooden works of art.
It doesn't make him rich, far from it. And last month for the first time in a while he had a little extra after paying the bills. So he decided to splurge and take his truck in to get washed.
That's where he spotted an obviously upset Christi Stephens.
"She's wiping her eyes and crying and I didn't know what was going on," Simmons said.
Stephens had just been told her tires were dangerously worn. But she was an unemployed single mother and simply didn't have enough money to replace them.
Simmons looked down at his newfound spending cash and decided he didn't really need it.
After getting permission from his wife, he offered to buy Stephens four new tires.
"I just figured we've been behind in paying check to check for so long, it's something that we're used to doing," Simmons said.
"I just about, I got goosebumps. I almost wanted to vomit a little bit because I just couldn't believe somebody would be willing to do something like that," Stephens said.
The very next day after Simmons bought Stephens the tires, he drove over a nail and blew out one of his own tires.
Simmons' good friend, Rhonda Wright, emailed CBS 5 News not wanting his good deed to fall through the cracks.
"So for your good deed of selflessness and what you did for a total stranger, [CBS 5] gave me $500 to pay it forward to you for doing such a great deed for somebody," Wright said.
"It doesn't matter where you sit financially, if you can make life easier for someone else, even if it is for 10 or 15 minutes, it's worth it," Simmons said.
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