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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.

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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Beauty In Everything

My kind, loving, selfless daughter Natalie asked for the inspire key for her 17th birthday this past April. It suited her to and I was happy to oblige. She was always looking for the beauty and goodness in every situation. A peace maker that wanted everyone to smile, laugh, be happy and their best selves. Tragically, we lost her in a car crash in the beginning of August. Shortly before she was eagerly scheduled to begin her senior year. Although not personally given to me, I've taken on her key. To inspire me to live each day to the fullest,...

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Even More Special

March 29, 2013 my husband of 16 years, died of cystic fibrosis. He was 43. I am a teacher, and another teacher at my school gifted me a key that said Grace. She said she thought I was handling my loss with such grace. That touched my heart. Her son was in my class, so her words and gift meant even more to me. I thought I would never be able to part with the key, but I've done a lot of healing this past year. So recently, a friend of mine was facing one of the most difficult times...

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