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For a lot of us, this time of year is a chance to give back and help those less fortunate.

For Sheila Vian, generous giving knows no season.

As a member of the VFW Post 9265 Ladies Auxiliary, she has raised thousands of dollars for folks in need over the past 17 years.

Vian's friend, Debroah Mooney, nominated her for First Fidelity Bank's Pay it 4Ward.

She said her friend brings love, hope and honor to folks who think no one cares about them.

"Veterans, and veterans' families, and widows, and orphans and anyone who needs help" Mooney said.

Vian's day job is stocking shelves and helping customers at Swaim's Serum and Veterinary Clinic.

Her true passion is helping others who have fallen on hard times.

"If they are ill and they don't have the money to pay for their medical services or anything, she's the first one to take up donations," Mooney said.

Vian has organized countless fundraisers, many at VFW Post 9265.

Mooney said she works tirelessly to raise money through fundraisers, asking for donations from businesses, and her sheer will.

Vian also helps pet owners in need who may not be able to afford proper care for their four-legged family members.

First Fidelity Bank's Tim Cook couldn't wait to help us Pay it 4Ward with $400.

"She is a tremendous example of a citizen in our community who puts herself in front of others and tirelessly to help others who are less fortunate," Cook said.

Sheila was working the counter at Swaim's, completely unaware of what was in store for her.

When we let her know she was the winner of First Fidelity Bank's Pay it 4Ward, of course, she did not want the attention.

Mooney made sure Vian felt how much she is appreciated with a good, long hug.

When asked why she does it, she was quick to answer.

"Somebody's got to. It's in my heart. You can't say no."

Even if she could say no, Vian would not have it any other way.

She plans to give the $400 to a home for abused children, another cause very close to her heart.