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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.

Inspire Each Other

This past summer I had the opportunity to go volunteer in Romania. I got to work with children who belonged to a poor community and they were seen as untouchables by surrounding towns. Their quality of life wasn't the best but they were still so full of life and were some of the most generous people I have ever met. A group of my friends and I were in charge of running a camp for the kids for a week and I developed such strong relationships with the kids, specifically with a girl named Rozi. She was 12 years old...

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I Am Strong

I found out I was pregnant fall semester of my junior year of college. My family was embarrassed, my friends didn't know how to react, and I was terrified. I had plans of traveling abroad and finding work in a big city. This surprise gripped me with uncertainty and fear. I chose to keep the baby, despite others opinions and figured out a plan. That December, one of my dearest girlfriends gave me the key that said "Strength". I continued in school, while working full time, and held that key in-between my fingers every morning. Sometimes you have to remind...

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Joy And Light

My favorite professor of my Counseling Psychology masters course was also an amazing marriage and family therapist in our small town. She provided therapy and care for one of my dear friends while her father battled cancer and eventually joined the Lord. 5 months after my friend's father passed away from cancer, this amazing lady/professor/therapist was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. Throughout her treatment, she was a joy and light, continuing to encourage and speak love, hope, and truth into those around her as her body was under attack. My friend (the one who had her as her therapist...

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Pillar Of Courage And Hope

There was nothing more I wanted in my life than a baby. My husband and I had been trying for about 2.5 years before I received my Giving Key. It was given to me by a friend who also battled fertility issues, but had a child of her own and felt that I could use it more than her.  I put it on IMMEDIATELY and found a sense of pride and strength in it. I wore that key every single day from then on out. In August of 2016, we started our IVF journey and this little piece of jewelry...

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Fearless Is What I Am

I love my matte black "FEARLESS" Giving Key! The last one I had was at JC 2015 and I gave it away the same weekend I got it. After the conference, our group went to church at Jesus Culture in Folsom. I met a young boy there that was the age that my oldest son that went to be with the Lord, would be. He told me his story, and he came to church looking for hope. I had been on a journey seeking hope, since the death of my son in 2009. My key said, HOPE. I knew I was meant to give him my key....

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