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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.

A Force To Be Reckoned With

Beth Porreca is a force to be reckoned with. Anyone who has spent five minutes in her presence would agree. The ultimate boss lady. I was introduced to Beth in 2011 when I joined a company in Baltimore where she was the Director of Events. Since meeting her, Beth has become a friend, a mentor, a teacher and so much more. Beth is also mom. Not in the traditional sense; she doesn’t have kids. But she has adopted everyone who’s important in her life: coworkers, friends, family, her niece. Beth takes care of everyone. I could leave for a work...

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Real Courage

I run a child care program that has 84 children enrolled. My husband bought me the "Courage" key as I fought and overcame close calls of developing pancreatic and colon cancer. The pancreatic tumor was found by accident at the earliest of possible stages.... I had to have my entire colon removed as it was a do or die. Both major surgeries took their toll. I hung on to that necklace for quite a while - that is until I found out that one of the Aunt's of one of the students in my program was just diagnosed with a...

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Complexities And Intricacies

I got my first Giving Key on my first day of work at The Giving Keys headquarters. I had mine engraved with the word 'infinite.' I chose that word because it was a word I had been thinking about for the last couple of days. I throw around the word 'infinite,' a lot, but do I understand it? Rather, do I understand that God has no beginning or end, and that His love is the same yesterday, today, and forever? I chose the word Infinite because I have just come to realize that there are days I can't wrap my...

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Day By Day, Step By Step

One of the bravest gals I know, Alison Smidt, #teamalijoys. Alison and I played college softball together and she for a long time had been battling an auto-immune health challenge and if that was not enough, this past year she went toe to toe with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and started an 8-round of chemotherapy process that spanned from January to June. She documented her entire process, rounds of chemo, the shaving of her head, to good and bad days, care packages sent to her, etc on Instagram. On Saturday morning, July 9th she and I were finally able to meet for...

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We Give Each Other Strength

My sister gave me "strength" for my 60th birthday in February. My boyfriends' mother was in critical health and I was on my way home from a visit with my sister when this 95 year old lady was put in the hospital. She passed away in early March. I tried to give this key to my boyfriend yet he did not accept it. He needed it, yet as God would have it, He knew I would soon need it even more. My 87 year old father had a stroke mid April. I happened to stop in for a visit as...

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