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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.

We Made It

I got my first Giving Key in LA with my husband this year. We were at a point in our 11 year marriage where we almost ended things. Our relationship was restored when we got our keys. We both got the word HOPE. We made it!! I have a very dear friend who has been through so much this past year with trying to get pregnant and can't. So they decided to adopt. I just felt very strongly that she needs HOPE for the future with the baby and some health things she is also going through. I have to say...

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Extra Strength

I purchased this necklace for a very strong women. Her name is Janet Lieving and has recently become a widow. I gave her the strength necklace because she is the definition of the word. She has been through a lot, more than most could imagine and I have never heard one negative thing come out her mouth since I have met her. Although she is a very strong, independent and sweet lady I know this next year is going to present many hardships and obstacles that no one should have to face alone. I hope this necklace can bring you...

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An Angel Of Strength

I purchased this key as a symbol of the person I have become. Several years ago, an Angel came into my life to teach me unconditional love, acceptance, and most importantly - strength. For sometime I relied on this special person in my life for strength. I borrowed her strength for sometime until I could find my own. Today, I know I have the strength to overcome any obstacle in my life. I find strength in knowing that within me, I can find answers/solutions to any obstacles that come my way. I am the solution! I will forever be indebted...

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True Picture Of Bravery

I have given and received several Giving Keys. Here are 2 stories to help shed some tears... Our daughter has Type 1 Diabetes, a muscle and nerve disease. Each year we walk for JDRF and our team is "Hope for AnnaGrace". HOPE is everything. HOPE sustains us. We are very close family friends with the 14th Commander of AirForce One. He was diagnosed with grade 4 Glioblastoma. Our sweet AnnaGrace gave her HOPE necklace to them. She said they needed it more than she did. She knows how powerful HOPE is. It is hanging in their house where they see...

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Beauty In The Broken

When my best friend moved far away we still talked regularly and helped each other through the challenges of family and life. We had both had great family situations we had walked through. I had had a very tough day so when I came home and found my "courage" Giving Key in the mail, I wept because I knew she knew that deep in my spirit and soul that I was a fierce fighter for my family and future.When I read the news that my good friend's brother, who was also a friend, had succumbed to his battle with heroin addiction,...

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