Tolland Middle School student Annalee Hughes will be appearing on the WFSB segment "Pay It Forward," between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for her volunteer work to benefit local veteran Greg Caron and The Wounded Warrior Project.
Hughes was selected for the segment after fellow Tolland resident and veteran Patrick Tracey wrote an essay describing her work collecting bottles and donating the recycling proceeds.
"I wrote to WFSB and told them how I had gotten to know her," Tracey said. He initially visited Annalee after learning about her recycling project in a local newspaper. "I more or less told them how she captured me with her big smile."
Tracey said he only wrote an essay for the "Pay It Forward" contest after seeing an advertisement for the program on Channel 3.
As the contest winner, $500 will be given to Tracey, who will donate it to Annalee's volunteer efforts.
Tracey, WFSB's Denise D'Ascenzo and camera crews surprised Annalee at her home to give her the winnings.
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"She was just amazed," Tracey said of Annalee's reaction to the news crew coming into her house.
He added that he only hopes the segment will help Annalee in her recycling project.
"Because of this, I'm sure the cans and bottles will be flying in by the boatload!"
For more information on Annalee's project, check out Tolland Patch's article on her volunteer work.