The Stories – The Giving Keys
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Pay It Forward Stories

A collection of your stories from around the world that give hope, provide strength, and inspire others to pay it forward everyday.

What We Do Matters

On March 22nd, 2016 my friend sent me a text and said she had something she wanted to give me. I had a lot going on in my family. My son was in jail. My daughter was fighting to see her daughter, whom she had not seen in over two years, and my step daughter who lives with us was having a difficult time. To say that I was emotional was an understatement. I met my friend later in the day and she gave me a Faith Giving Key. She explained to me how she got it and what it...

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Not Stuck

So much in my life has changed since receiving this key. After months of being in a verbally abusive relationship I received this key from my best friend. Letting go of the toxic relationship was the hardest thing for me to do. Not knowing if I was going to be loved again. If you could even call that being loved. After being told day after day I wasn't good enough to live or I wasn't pretty enough of skinny enough, after many tears this key made me think. I could let go. I could let go of this horrible person...

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She Does Not Hope Alone

HOPE came to me during our eighth year of infertility. It was a gift from a friend whose story of infertility continues. I wore the simple bracelet most days until the end of my second trimester. My soul felt restored to hope, and HOPE returned to the little gift bag.Now, almost a year later a friend is in her second trimester of an absolutely miracle pregnancy. And her husband's cancer has returned with a vengeance. Insurance has denied further radiation treatment. So, one life grows; one life fades. And my friend clings to HOPE. I could not give her the...

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I told myself I was going to find the perfect person to give my Giving Key to. I hung on to the key because I was supposed to. I met my best friend in 2007 and from that point we were inseparable. We hung out like best friends do and even worked together at a couple of different jobs. The love I had for her created a sister like bond that I thought could never be broken. She helped me through some really tough times. Job changing, surgery, a divorce, a marriage, child rearing. No matter the thoughts she really...

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Imagine It

My aunt gave me a "Love" key for my birthday. She explained The Giving Keys to me and why she chose me. She, then, told me to wear it and remember why she gave it to me; then pass it along to someone I feel should have it. I have it passed it along to my friend, Sandra. She has more love and compassion for her family and friends than anyone I know. I was a recipient of that love. Five years ago, I had a terrible accident. I won't go into detail, but Sandra was an angel for my...

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