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EDMOND, Okla. - Their minds may have faded, but their hearts are still desperate for love and attention.

They are the frail and sometimes forgotten residents at Edmond's Grace Living Center.

But, 72-year-old Kathy Lankford lives nearby and visits the residents twice a day every day.

That's why Activities Director Kevin Shaw nominated Kathy for First Fidelity's Pay it 4Ward.

"Even when we had the bad weather not too long ago, here she comes in her boots and everything," Shaw said. "She's there to feed the residents. She loves doing it, and they love her. They love her to death."

Michelle Jensen with First Fidelity joined us to surprise Lankford with $400.

"We are so excited today to give gratitude to Kathy for all her hard work she dos here at Grace Living Center," Jensen said. "And, on behalf of First Fidelity bank, we are thrilled to give the $400 to Pay it 4Ward."

We surprised Kathy during a recent visit to Grace Living Center.

"I have to give God the glory because, without Him, I couldn't do it," she said.

Every month, Kathy's kitchen is transformed into a large bakery.

She sells cookies, cakes and brownies to raise money for activities and treats for her special friends at Grace.

"This will buy a lot of flour and yeast for that bake sell," Kathy said. "I have a friend who slips me 20 at church!"

The unexpected reward will be invested back into Kathy's ministry.

"The Lord loves me, and I love Him," she said. "And, I have a loving family who is giving. That's why we do what we do!"