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.

The Giver

I bought the Trust and Faith key for one of the best friends I've ever had. She is one of the most amazing, selfless people I know. She understands me in a way few people do. During the hardest time of my life, at my lowest point, she stood by me, loved and respected me unconditionally, when I didn't deserve it , and I can't thank her enough for that. There's never a day that goes by that she doesn't put somebody before herself. I have learned so much from her and I am a better man for having the...

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Strength to Forgive

I purchased the key Strength at a time when I was working through a betrayal from friends and business partners. It had been a very difficult time in my life and I didn't think I could ever have the Strength needed to forgive these people with whom I had been very close. Through much prayer, God lifted the burden from my heart and, although still hurt, I do believe I have forgiven.In recent months, I noticed that a leader in our church was withdrawn. She was absent. When she was at church, she was crying. She was the heartbeat of...

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Strength In All Situations

I have been looking for a gift for one of my best friends, who is going through a hard time. She has gone through so much these past few years: Her husbands drug addiction and all that goes with it, losing her house to a fire, her husband going to jail, and then having to kick him out 10 weeks after he came back. She is a faithful believer who only wants to serve God, and be the best wife and mother she can. I have been trying to find something with 'Strength' written on it since Christmas. So I...

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Keep My Head Up

I've been in and out of emotional and mentally abusive relationships all my life. I chose the word Love for my Giving Key because I had finally decided that I needed to learn to love myself and then another. I wore the necklace everyday as a constant reminder that I needed to Love myself and others at all times. I found the Love I needed for myself and in someone else as well! I decided to give my key to a complete stranger that I only know through a common interest, OCR racing and a shared Facebook group. I posted...

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Every Day

Three years ago my friend gave me a Giving Key with the word Courage on it when I began treatment for anorexia. Courage was exactly what I needed to leave college, move back home and start treatment. Courage got me to recovery. Courage got me through college. Courage got me through the transition of moving to a new city and starting my first big girl job. And for a second time, Courage brought me back to treatment for my eating disorder. Ever since the day I got my key I prayed that God would show me who needed this Courage...

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