Pay it Forward: Knoxville man uses walking sticks to brighten a stranger's day

Knoxville man uses bamboo to help others with walking.

KNOXVILLE - "The Lord just laid it on my heart to do it."

Chuck Lee called it divine intervention. After a windy storm blew bamboo onto his neighborhood road, he decided to keep a few of the stalks… just in case.

"One day a little light bulb went off and I said, hey, I could use that for a walking stick," Lee said.

2,216 sticks later…Chuck Lee was set to help people steady their walk.

Karen van Rij is one such recipient. She has arthritis and the walking stick makes it a little easier to get around for her job at the Karns Branch Library.

"The only thing he asks is that people pay it forward and do something nice for someone else. And I said, well, I can certainly do that," van Rij said.

Chuck also likes to finish each interaction with a little piece of what got the whole process started in the first place…

"I say one more thing before we part, and that's God bless you…. And I've done that 2,216 times so far."

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