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Pay it 4Ward: Woman provides for the needy in Crescent

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CRESCENT, Okla. – You find it in many Oklahoma communities.

Folks simply take care of one another.

We didn’t have to travel far up Highway 74 to find such a place.

When you drive north into Crescent, you’ll find the one stop light in town blinking red.

Hundred year-old buildings stand as silent sentinels.

They were built by pioneers whose sense of community served as mortar for the bricks.

Longtime resident Ina Richards inherited that same sense of fellowship.

Richards heads up the Community Closet, the place anyone from town can come to pick up clothes, bedding or other necessities.

“We don’t turn anyone away, because God wouldn’t,” Richards said. “Sometimes, people come in and they really don’t have anything.”

Watch as NewsChannel 4 Linda Cavanaugh and First Fidelity Bank surprise Richards with this week’s Pay It 4Ward award.