Pay it Forward: Honoring Amy's work with the disabled community

Every Thursday afternoon at the Simpatico Restaurant in downtown Jamestown a lunch is hosted for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Every Thursday afternoon at the Simpatico Restaurant in downtown Jamestown a lunch is hosted for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The lunch, which has been dubbed as the "Bridges Brown Bag Series," is the brainchild of Amy Barclay, who came up with the idea as a way of bringing the disabled adult community together from across the state.

"I love coming here," one man told NBC 10 News. "I feel special because everybody's around that I know."

Others agreed.

"I want new friends," another man said. "I love meeting new people. That's my new thing."

"Amy is a nice person," a woman added.

For Barclay, it's all about bringing a community of disabled people together from all over Rhode Island.

"It gives everybody an opportunity to just enjoy lunch, enjoy the great outdoors, (and) meet people that have different disabilities from different agencies," Barclay said.

Because of Barclay's hard work, NBC 10's Alison Bologna decided to Pay it Forward. To help Barclay continue her mission, Channel 10 awarded her $500.

Barclay said she intends to use the money to purchase special treats for her friends.

"We'll have a Rhode Island day with Del's and Allie's" she said to the excitement of her guests. "Thank you very much."

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