Wendy Wayne's legacy: Paying respect and paying it forward

Wendy Wayne's legacy: Paying respect and paying it forward
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A day of giving was held Tuesday at Jastro Park to honor the legacy of local community activist Wendy Wayne.

Wayne died in June of 2012 after a fight with cancer. She was 64 years old.

Tuesday, local teens paid their respects by paying it forward.

One of the teens said Wayne was a very inspiring person, so they’re hoping to spread the love just like Wayne did.

The event was organized by DreamCatchers, a club at three local high schools. Usually they work with hospice patients to make their dreams or wishes come true.

Tuesday, they were asking people to go by Jastro Park, grab a piece of paper with a good deed on it, and perform that random act of kindness - little gestures like giving someone a smile, paying someone a compliment or sending a letter to a military person.

The DreamCatchers’ message: don’t sleep on the impact of paying it forward.

“You never know what small gesture you make is going to make a difference in someone else’s' life,” said Susan Reep, a retired teacher and friend of Wayne. “And if that spreads like a domino effect pretty soon you have a community that's thinking proactively and positively.”