$100 Story

$100 story

$100 Story

Dear Friends,

I had an idea. I had an idea for a $100 Story. The idea was simple:  help a couple of fans. I sit in my house with three healthy children, a husband that adores me, and I get to work at a business which I own. I know I am lucky and it is my duty to help others.  I put out a message on my Facebook page asking for people to nominate families that needed help. I had a $60.00 budget to help. I had three families and I was ready to do something. I bought and gathered stuff to send. The postage alone was $98.02. Yes, I was over budget because I spent more than $60 on gifts for these families. This is a time when it didn’t matter.  I had to get those gifts out.

$100 Story starts

I recently participated in a fundraiser for my children’s school. I sold several hundred dollars worth of ad space on my website to help the school. Then we were at the holiday program and I won $100. I couldn’t believe it. The hundred dollars I had spent had been given back to me. I decided I would sponsor the giveaway train the week after next and I would pay the prize. Then something funny happened.  I posted about this $100 that was returned to me and people were delighted and some were still in need.

I went to get the mail and in it was a $25 Amazon gift card. I thought wow this could help one of my fans so I grabbed one. I ordered her children a gift. I went over budget again by $25. Then I received another letter for help and I helped them too. You guessed it, I spent $100 total. It doesn’t matter that I went over budget.  I have a stockpile and I am not afraid to spend my grocery budget for next week or my $20 “all about me” money on someone else.

I was so excited to help someone. It is such a wonderful feeling. In fact, it is the whole reason for Madame Deals. The site was created to help, inspire and Make Dollar$ out of Change. I then went back to work. I work all the time but it is worth it. I received an email from a company I blog for and in it was a bonus. I would like to help another family so I will do just that! I hope you will help me continue to grow my business so I can continue to help others. When you have a moment, read an article, stumble it or share it. If you have friends, send them to my site. It is because of all of you that I am able to help so many.


December 2011 – $100 Story

Update: I sent another three families toys for the holiday season :)… then I got a call and an offer for a $100 gift card to Sears. I held my contest and the winner is going to help her friend whose house burnt to the ground. I can’t imagine how horrible that must be. I can imagine the look on their faces when they receive the blessing this lady is going to offer. The best part is the $100 story continues.

I received an email which happens all to often. The email was from a company that wished to work with me. I am glad this also happens often. I read their mission and it spoke to me. It already had my mind set on creating an event to help people. I knew as I read their pitch to work with me that they should be involved in my mission to help someone help some one else. I used to call this the chain of kindness. I would challenge my students to do something nice each day. The rule was they could not explain their actions nor could they do something nice just to receive a link on the chain. The children who were third grade special education students would come to my room each day with their good deed. We would write them down and add a link to the chain. The chain grew so large that you could barely see my ceiling which was amazing since I had only 9 students. They would listen to what one of their friends did and then the next day they would replicate the act of kindness. I often think about how one good action can cause several good reactions. I have enlisted the help of several wonderful bloggers and we intend to create an amazing amount of reactions this coming week and through out the year. it only takes one kind deed to create another and I have every intention of using the power of social media to create a wave of kindness.

The Event ended and a Winner was selected. Hannah won the $100 prize. This is what she wrote me:

Wow this has brightened my day so much!  I was feeling down in the dumps today because of our financial situation and had been praying and returned to my computer to find your message.  I have been struggling to make it working from home (I have an eBay store) but it is just not paying the bills.  My husband works but we live paycheck to paycheck.  So thank you so much, you are truly an angel!  This is a huge blessing and will be used to get much needed groceries!

As for the other $50, I would love to send that to my mother, Mary Jean .  She has Multiple Sclerosis which has prevented her from working at all anymore, so she struggles financially and could definitely use this to help pay bills.


I am so excited by our progress yesterday in my email I received a message asking if she could provide two packs of diapers and wipes to a fan in need. We talk about passing it on to a local person in the area. The chain continues. I was again surprised this evening 1/2/2011 when one of my winners of 100 cut coupons asked me to send them to another family in need.

I believe we have opened hearts and created our own chain of love. I plan to unite people one good deed at a time.

 

Sincerely,

Amee
Madame Deals


December 2013 – $100 Story

$100 Story

$100 story
I believe with every good deed a life is changed. I started the $100 story to show people that the impact of $100 can actually change people’s lives for the better. The $100 story started a couple of years ago. You can read about it here in my Madame Deals $100 Story.

This is where we are for this year so far. I start with $100. I received this request in my email on facebook.

  • I was writing to ask you for your help. If you’re able to help, if not it’s okay. We’re trying to help a family with Christmas but we don’t even have much money ourselves. There is a family with 3 little girls, there ages ranges from 16 months, 2 years, and 6 years. Their mommy was tragically killed a few months ago by a drunk driver, she was pregnant at the time. The father of the girls is trying his best, he works construction so money is very tight. Her family is fighting him for custody and its a big mess. Anything would help. We’re trying to get them some toys together and we have a Santa lined up to help us deliver them. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

     

    and I responded… I sent three gifts one for each little girl amount spent $35   still left $65

    and this happened as a result of sharing my donation…

    • Hi I wanted to help with the Christmas gifts. Do you have any other information about the family other than their ages? Do they require toys to be new in box? Thank you. I know how hard it can be and when my family can help we really try to reach out.

      and this….

      • Hello,
        I am writing about the 3 little girls in need of Christmas gifts. I have a few things for them already (and plan to get a few more)…Where do I send them to? Do you have additional info such as their likes, sizes, names, etc? Thank you for all the wonderful things you do for all of us!!
        Staci
        PS If you would like to pass this message on to the fan who originally posted the request, that is fine by me!

      …. I would like to give one of you the opportunity to help someone as well…

      Recap amount of people helped
      3 little girls

      Helped by three people

      12/4/13 Box of Toys Winner

      Sharon M.
      “Lil I love surprises thank u do very very much Hun I was broken hearted believing the kids were not getting Christmas couldn’t get little man his birthday n beccas birthday is next week was feeling so horrible. I lost my job due to back injury still waiting on disability with whet savings I have I have to keep a roof over their head. I can not thank u enough I am in tears. You are a wonderful person”

      If you want to donate to the $100 let me know… [email protected] subject: $100 story
      I get many request to help people and I can’t do it on my own.


Topic: $100 Story


Comments

  1. michelle coppock-mitchell says

    this is a truly special thing all of you are doing. thanks for being a generous and loving group of people

  2. Kristen Grumbine says

    It is such a HUGE thing that you are doing for people, as I personally know. I find myself relying on company giveaways for items such as shampoo samples, razors, etc.. otherwise I just could not afford these items. I do not go out to eat – not even the occassional trip to McD’s, we do not rent movies or go “out; and this is very hard because I have a 7yr old little girl that I want to give the WORLD to, but can’t. I work part-time at an Optometrist office an hour away, but I have premature emphysema & lost part of my right lung (I’m 30yrs old), but we could never survive on disability-so I drag on, and rely on the computer. I don’t know what I’d do without the coupons and freebies that are posted by great blogs such as yours. But your stories are so touching – GOD BLESS YOU!!! You are making a HUGE difference inthis world.

    • Arline says

      I believe in paying it forward at least once a month and that means each week one member of our family must do something! So far we each do something each week some weeks we help more then others but when the opportunity arises..we take it and help out!!

    • Julia Soriano says

      Kristen, I am so feeling you! It’s hard for my husband and I not to get down about how hard it is to get by. We find ourselves reminding ourseves all the time that our difficuties are not unique to us. Sometimes the difficuties of other’s don’t even stem from money — it’s drug addiction or the baddness of other people that keeps them awake at night. It’s hard to wrap my mind around. But I guess I worry about money so much, not because it’s so scarce (which it is), but because I have a rare neurological disease that keeps me from working at any job that requires regular hours (I never know when I’m going to need a nap) and my energy to get things done in the time I have is rather liimited. I’m well-educated and have a lot of experience and ideas, but I can’t accomplish much professionally, including having my own church, which I would love. I’m pretty mad about how my world is shrinking. Although our concerns about money are real, sometimes I think all the worrying I do is to keep my mind occupied away from being angry about my disease. Well, I’m just throwing that part of my story out there — maybe something will be helpful to you, maybe nothing will. Anyhow, I know that when I’m feeling at my wit’s end, it helps me to know that someone is listening and responding to me. Somedays, that’s the best I can do — listening and responding.

      As for your specific situation, as I was reading you note, I thought I’d pass this along. I have recently found that if you sign up at redbox.com, they will send you codes for free rentals at your local redbox.

      I think you are doing the right thing to read this type of site. Lot’s of money-saving tips, but encouragement and community too. Personally, I think encouragement and community are, by far, the most important.

      Your new friend, Julia

  3. ellen says

    Like Kristen , I rely on blogs for deals and freebies to get things I normally wouldn’t be able to afford. Our whole Christmas was from winnings I had saved all year. I also had entered a bunch of contests and donated to Toys for Tots to make some kids Holidays brighter. It is amazing what one person can do- and some of it is as simple as a tweet or a like.
    I believe in ‘paying it forward’ as much as possible and I thank you for all you do!

  4. Trevor says

    I am just getting into this couponing and love going online for all the freebies and contests! I am looking forward to saving big and making huge donations to my local animal shelter :)

  5. Virginia W says

    Paying it forward is contagious! My family and friends are catching on now to how wonderful it feels to do something nice for someone and not ask for anything in return – Before Christmas when angels were paying off layaways at Kmart – my daughter in law was amazed at the generosity of strangers. Her friend from work was at Kmart and the lady ahead of her was putting back the bike in layaway because she couldn’t afford it and the friend paid off the bike to this amazed mom. Looking forward to paying it forward all year long

  6. Gisele Phipps says

    My mother always said “All that you send out into the lives of others comes back into your own.”. You are definitely proving her point! God Bless you!

  7. Anonymous says

    About 6 weeks ago I committed to begin to try to save as much money as I can by couponing after becoming ill with a chronic illness that in a matter of weeks I went from being an active 40something woman who had worked full time since I was 16 after having my 1st child, to being completely unable to hold even a part-time job. Gratefully, my husband has a good job, and we have our all our needs met. My quest for saving money, perhaps came out of some kind of pride in not being able to contribute at all to our family monetarily. I came across your blog a few days ago and it has inspired me to not only to help my own family save money, but to search for ways to help others as well, since I have been involved in volunteering for quite some time. Yesterday, albeit it small I purchased some toys that were discounted, added some coupons I had found and donated to our local indigent alcohol/addiction recovery center, many of the women there have children or are pregnant. The homeless & the addiction community has always been my passion, but now you have given me inspiration to continue to help out in ways other than physically as I used to be able to do. Throughout my own health issues, I’ve tried to do random acts of kindness on a daily basis, even if it’s simply taking the time to carry on a conversation with the elderly in the grocery store, or leave random notes/cards of inspiration on ppls cars. You’ve inspired me to do more, and I not only applaud your efforts, but thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to inspire me more. Blessings to you!!

    • Julia Soriano says

      Anonmous, my story is almost exactly the same, except that my husband has a crappy job and it frustrates me to no end that I can’t contribute more to our family’s financial quandries. Here I am, with three master’s degrees and tons of business experience and I’m having an amazingly productive day if I manage to make my husband’s lunch, do the dishes and make dinner. So I try to think of what I CAN do and DO have, rather than the other way around. I can no longer give much financially or physically, but I do have a lot of close friends and access to blogs like this. So I focus on kind words, encourage and passing on my knowledge. That usually cheers me up. In fact, I feel like my life, just the limited way it is, is awesome!

      Your friend, Julia

  8. says

    Fantastic post. Thank you for sharing it. This week I received a $25 gift card I’d won. It arrived the same day I met a young family with a 2 year old, who are struggling to make ends meet. I gave them the gift card. The card I had won blessed them, and also make me feel great, for being able to help someone.

  9. Hollie Duet says

    I think this is such an awesome and inspiring story. So many of us go through life not realizing how lucky we are and not really seeing the ones truly in need. Sometimes the littlest thing to us could mean so much to others.

  10. says

    Thank you for sharing such an inspirational story of your mission. Selfless and giving people as yourself will reap your rewards in hundred-folds…..

    “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.” ~ Hebrews 13:16

  11. CATHERINE G says

    truly inspirational….thanks so much for brightening my day. I find myself giving back in my own little way quite often. Sundays are my shopping days and while at a local grocery store I came across a couple that was very carefully selecting foods that would stretch their budget. They were buying a particular brand of pizza that was 10/$10 and I overheard the wife tell the husband that as a treat he could have two. Clearly they were experiencing hard times and he was elated to have his two pizzas. I just so happen to have 10 coupons for $.50 that I received from this company for writing an email to them about their product. This store doubles coupons so it would make for 10 free pizzas. I offered the couple the coupons and they happily accepted. The simple joy of knowing that they would have a little extra money to buy maybe one more item as well as 10 pizzas was great. My 11 year old daughter happened to be with me and she was beaming as we left the store. She said “mom, Im so glad we could help those nice people. I hope that I can learn to coupon like you so that I can help people too.” One of my proudest moments!!

  12. JAY SMALL says

    I love your story, I am sure we all could use a little help now and then, I know alot of us are to proud to ask, That is why I love free samples and coupons, I dont have to be embrassed to ask for anything that way. I always pay it foward when ever I can,.
    Great post :]

  13. Tammy Slade says

    This story is tremendous. I love hearing how someone gave all they had and yet it was returned to them. If only we ALL could learn that lesson. If we dont give it away we cant keep it. Thank you for your efforts and inspiring others to do the Same

  14. Brooke Adkins-Kirk says

    This is very touching! I know most people don’t give in hopes of receiving something back, but, its nice to hear stories of when giving comes back to those that give with joyful hearts! Thank you for sharing, for letting other’s share their stories, and for continuing to Pay It Forward <3

  15. Rachel says

    I went out to a thank you dinner last night. It was to thank the people where I volunteer at (a place that helps families in need). The place was a little family owned restaurant that donated the dinner to us & there were other patrons there as well. The owner of the organization where I volunteer at gave a very nice speech about the organization & it was very nice. Afterwards 2 different people came up to her & each gave her a check for the organization! These were complete strangers who overheard her talking to us. We run on verry little money, it’s all donations so this was such a blessing! I couldn’t believe it! It was so heartwarming! I am still smiling about it! :-)

  16. Kim Barton says

    I am inspired by this and hope to something special this weekend. I do however participate in several Cancer fundraiser throughout the year by volunteering my time and donating by way of items to raffle or auction. My husband and I truly enjoy these fundraisers

  17. Bridget Merker says

    You are such an inspiration to me – what a reminder that even little things can help someone who really needs help.

  18. rachel layer says

    You know that old saying a smile is contagious well I think a good deed is as well.I told my mother I was going to help my sister get her house in order since she doesn’t have the time being a single mother with two children to put through college.Well she jumped on the bandwagon and came over to help as well and then came my two nieces and one nephew.We got the job done quickly not only did they help her they helped me get the job done that much faster.So you see kindness is contagious.

  19. Tim says

    I had a similar situation happen to me. I took a friend to the movies who was a little “down in the dumps, spending about $20. When we were leaving the theater I found $30 on the ground. I actually made a profit of $10 by being nice.

  20. Sheryl lynn says

    What a great idea. We enjoy king the Angel tree at Christmas. WE have 8 children of our own but still like to adopt a couple of angels for Christmas. We usually try to dopt older siblings as most people prefer the little ones.

  21. Heather Nicole Tarver says

    So inspirational! And thank you for the newest giveaway as well, its nice to be able to have a chance to win something, but it’s even nicer to be able to share the prize with someone else!

  22. Christine Beasley says

    it’s cool to see how this is multiplying. I have been following since I first saw it about a month ago. It strikes a chord with me because my husband and I have been helping several individuals and families since we got married. It is encouraging to see people avheive progress in their lives and to see others doing this kind of thing as well, especially in these times.

  23. Ron Casteel says

    I’s a wonderful thing you are doing we always try to help those less fortunate than us we give to the food banks and donate to goodwill helping makes the world go round

  24. Chris Shari Alligood says

    I truly believe in the $100 movement & think that it’s uplifting to pay your good fortune forward. I think that if we pay it forward just one time per each person this world would be a better place. Thank you!

  25. Dani says

    Wow. What a wonderful example for all of us. My husband and I are barely scraping by at the moment and we’re $40,000 in debt for student loans. Until he graduates in April and we can move, I don’t have a job and he has a job making $7.90/hr for 15 hours a week in order to pay for groceries and utilities. Even though things are tight for us, it’s a good reminder to know someone else is needing our help!

  26. rachelle jones says

    stories like this make me remember that there are in fact, decent people still left in this world, thanks for helping me remember that!

  27. Thea Tapson says

    This is one of those blog posts that makes me happy to read. You do so much for people and it just keeps multiplying. I believe that like begets like, so the more wonderful things you can do for people, then the more they can do for people and so on. Not to mention the more wonderful things that happen to you! Thank you for making this world a better place.

  28. Nicole S. says

    This post makes me happy. I truly believe if you are doing the right thing or traveling the path you are supposed to, then good things will happen. I have been lucky in contest when I seem to need it the most, and been able to help families with some of the freebies and contest I have received. I enjoy being a part of making someones day brighter and reading stories like the post above.

  29. jennifer dansberger jones says

    There are angels everywhere helping others. I have had that help myself, so I try to give back. We have a family of 5 kids ranging in age from 16 yrs. to 7months and we do ok. People ask me why I donate unneeded clothes, toys and furniture instead of selling them and I always answer that there are people that could benefit from them. We also donate every month to united way. I just wish I could do more. You encourage me to do so thank you!!

  30. angelica angel says

    i have been tryin my hardest to teach my kids the importance of giving and helpin others … it warms my heart when im able to help or see others doing so… great job =)

  31. Cassie says

    that’s awesome… the people that received these gifts appreciate it probably more than you’ll ever know. i hope to do something like this around the holidays this year now

  32. Chelsey says

    What an amazing story! It’s such a blessing to receive help when it’s needed, and a wonderful admirable thing to give help when possible. I hope more and more people write stories of lending a hand, whether that includes giving money or gifts or a simply a shoulder to lean on. Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder that we can always give back.

  33. jennifer says

    I love the idea of paying it forward. I’ve always promised myself to not only pay back the people who have helped me but also to help others in need as well, once I’m able.

  34. Donna Kay says

    Your truly an inspiration! I am couponing to say my hubby and I money right now as he is in college and we are in our 40’s. I am paying it forward by receiving samples, freebies and passing those items down to our adult sons families that are in need as they are also in college. Thanks for all you do. All the above stories are touching .

  35. says

    What a wonderful idea. Love the idea of paying it forward. I try to do it even if it’s in little ways. Giving change to the person in front of me at the grocery store or buying a coffee for the person behind me in the coffee line.

  36. 1955nurse says

    OMG – this is FABulous! I was sitting here feeling sorry for myself because we have a real serious situation in our family. It is very complicated & I have been asking friends to pray for God to send us an answer… & then I read this article, & realized that it could ALWAYS be worse – our house is intact & we are all relatively healthy & safe. I am going to find a way to do something for someone locally ( the job situation here is grim & I’m sure I won’t have to try TOO hard!) today. It won’t be $100, but maybe it will help…. Thanks, I really needed to read this today!!!

  37. Brittany Gerber says

    That is a really inspiring story, especially since you didn’t know that you would some how get that money in return. Keep doin what your doin!!

  38. Kim Jones says

    This is a amazing story! It is such a blessing! Thank you fr all that you do.I am truly a believer in “if you do good to people l, good things will happen to you” my mom and brothers were staying in a house that was full of drug addicts and after 2 years staying thereu mom got sick due to her diabetes.A friend that she hadn’t seen in literally 10 years showed up to the hospital to see her and told my mom to move out of that house and move with her immediately.My mom did.Nowy brothers go to a great school that offers so much to them.My mom is so happy now.The reason I tell this story is because this lady is a angel and came out of no where with her open heart.Thanks so much!

  39. kimbuckjr says

    You are truly a humanitarian! Thank you immensely for your generosity and wealth of unselfishness! If this world had another 1,000 people just like you, I believe the world ‘might’ be a better place live, just a little!
    Thank You!
    kimbuckjr

    PS. Karma…what goes around, comes around, three-fold. I honestly believe that!!!! Especially now!

  40. Crystal Green says

    this is so amazing to read. My dads favorite saying was always ‘what goes around comes around’. He was the kind of man that would stop and help others before doing for himself. Glad to see/read that there are still generous people out there willing to do the same.

  41. Bonnye Sensenig says

    What an absolutely wonderful person you are! Its stories like these that remind me there really are good people out there!

  42. Cari Griffin says

    This is a great story! Every year during Christmas my husband and I choose a child off of the tree at Walmart to buy gifts for. We do this instead of buying gifts for ourselves. It feels great to be able to help others!
    This Christmas we were had both been out of work (and are still) so we were only able to buy something small. I know that it doesn’t matter what size gift it is, but I still feel bad that we couldn’t do more. I’m hoping that when we get back on our feet that we will be able to help more people. Thanks you for inspiring me to keep going!!

  43. Lily says

    Wow! God bless you for all your generosity. It is better to give than receive. It gives you a sense of pride and you feel good inside.

  44. Alicia E. says

    It is so true that the more you give to others, it all comes back to you in some way. I am glad I read this post today!

  45. says

    I think it’s wonderful what you are doing to help people. And it’s good ripples at work because those people are then more likely to help others when they can! And your story just reminds me that the universe works with us when we’re positive and good.

  46. Heather! says

    Awesome! I have, for many years now, spent one Saturday morning a month paying bills. AT that same time, I take whatever money is allotted (depending on my own current financial circumstances) and send some amount to one or two charities that I support. At various times in my life I have been poor–very, VERY poor!–but even then, I always sent at least five bucks. We ALL have *something* to give, whether it’s money or time or advice or a little elbow grease and know-how, etc., and I truly believe we should always be actively looking for ways to give. What a wonderful world that would be!

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  47. says

    My family likes to help people we see in need, but when people like you bring it to light, it allows us to look for the chance to help people in ways we never would have seen. Thanks so much for this great eye opener!

  48. says

    I love to hear stories like this! Before the holiday’s I just happened to get on Facebook and see a post from a woman who said that her kids weren’t going to have a Christmas. My heart sank into my stomach reading that as I had found out that my cancer had returned right before Christmas and knew that our Christmas was going to be quiet sparse but my son was still going to have a few things. I quickly messaged her for information on her children’s ages and what they were into and although I couldn’t contribute monetarily I did have items that my son and me had that were brand new but didn’t fit so I thought I would send it along. I sent two boxes full of things for her children and I have to tell you that I was delighted that I could help her in her time of need as I couldn’t fathom my son not having a gift under the tree.
    Long story longer, I re-connected with an old friend from elementary school and a week later I received a $200 gift card in the mail! I was so overwhelmed with emotion and wasn’t going to keep it until someone told me that it would be just like the lady sending back the boxes of items for her children.
    The kindness of strangers is amazing and paying forward is more rewarding then anything!

  49. Jo says

    This is why I love your site. We,too,have faced a very bad year and both had to retire because of health issues. We have gotten through having to live on just social security and we are both alive. Thank you for your inspiration.

  50. Pamela Halligan says

    It is amazing how good deeds really do inspire others to “pay it forward.”. You are very generous – our world needs more people willing to give, not only of their money, but of their time and talents. Thank you.

  51. jess h says

    thanks so much for all the wonderful things you do and I really love the pay it forward effect. I love to give as much as possible, and now that ive been couponing, doing sweepstakes, and getting freebies I love giving my family things i wouldnt normally be able to afford!!

  52. Joey P says

    You are such a kind and warm person for all that you do. Your story is heart warming & inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.

  53. says

    I like to help the kids in the community. We frequently take items into our local Ronald McDonald House such as toiletries, laundry detergent and have even made a full blown Thanksgiving Dinner to serve those families stuck at the hospital on Thanksgiving.

    • alice santell says

      I was really lucky this year to win $5000 to JCpenneys. I am trying to save some of it, because I am a college student, so when I get a place of my own I will need to purchase furniture. But i got to buy things for a girl on the angel tree list. and that made me happy, because I didn’t know if I would have enough money to do that this year.

  54. Barbara Blanton says

    I love what your doing! I believe the littlest act of kindness can make all the differences in the world to someone. I always try to pay it forward I live paycheck to paycheck but with the use of coupons and deals I am able to find I am able to donate to our local food bank once a month and do various small things like pay for a co-workers lunch once in a while :)

  55. Whitney Lindeman says

    I think loving people and creating a sense of community across the world is what it’s all about – bless you!

  56. Amanda Nguyen says

  57. Mary Beth Hewitt says

    You are exemplifying pay it forward and karma and all that is good. Way to be an incredible example to others and raise the bar for what it means to really give!

  58. Wendy says

    Your story has touch my heart so much. And I also tell all of the bloggers how there hard work
    helps me and I know so many more people. I am disable and take care of me and two my children 7 and 9 so I know all the samples and freebies we get help us so much and we give so to friends and family that need. I cut coupons and as any one who gets the paper ask if they don’t use there coupons if I could get them and when I get 5.00 coupons for over 50.00 for you order I will give them to someone in the store so they do not go to waste. I want to say thank you so much for your hard work.

  59. christi baham willie says

    So amazing this story has made so MUCH happen…just from your simple start of goodness has turned so BIG…How WONDERFUL this is!!!!!

  60. Kat Petelle says

    Thank you you are a special group of people who deserves a pat on the back again thank you for all your hard work

  61. says

    That is an awesome story and like you, my hubby and I have always been giving. We’ve helped neighbors, friends, family and even strangers because it’s what we love to do. It’s such a GREAT feeling seeing the smiles on the faces of those you help and knowing that you were able to be the sun in someone’s day. Love it!

  62. YAdira Pelkey says

    wonderful awesome!! paying forward is a great thing.. I do this with my sister who has 3 kids and very low income help her with coupons and trying to find her deals.. Keep up the great work.

  63. tia says

    I love this idea, my family has always done a random act of kindness everytime we can. Its not always monitary, it could be a ride, food, clothes.

  64. Christina Domingue says

    your story has inspired me to try harder to help. i always offer my coupons to others. i am trying to help my friend Lacie and my friend Sherry right now.i posted earlier to see who needs what coupons.

  65. beth kelsay says

    This is great because not only are you helping someone in need you are helping us to see that we could have it a whole lot worse. THANKS

  66. Melanie says

    If only the world had more people like this. thanks for sharing this story, hoepfully it inspires people to do the same.

  67. Elizabeth Bubel says

    This is a really great thing that you did I wish i was able to do something like this for a family. I do give my childrens old clothes to kids who need them and try to help people who need the help.

  68. tami husak says

    LOVE it!! If more people were willing to pay it forward just a little this world would be a better place..I just remembered once I was at the store..buying my instant tickets and an older couple handed me a dollar or too just because…and when I left the store there was am older lady with a cart full of groceries, so I helped her load them into her car, Its not always about monetary things, just helping someone else weather they need it or not really is a blessing both to the person you are helping as well as how much joy it gives to you!!!

  69. says

    This is great! I have done similar things and it is true that your reap what you sow, if you are a giver that your giving is provided for. God is so good and can use anyone and even blogs to help people in need! Thanks for sharing!

  70. says

    If everyone was as motivated to bless other people, what a beautiful world it would be. You have inspired me today to find a way to help someone! I hope you will continue to inspire others.

    Be radically blessed!

  71. says

    It is so great that you have such a wonderful heart to help people out! I love doing things like this as well! I say, it really is so much better to give then to receive! You will inspire many to do the same thing and keep the good going!

  72. Megan Buttorff says

    I would like to win the gift card to help out the families in henryville Indiana and to do a donation for the crayons of hope drive.

  73. says

    What a neat idea!! Sounds like you are doing some really wonderful things :) I will be following along to see how you continue to do this great work!

  74. Tammy says

    Thank you for your wonderful blessings, I can not wait until my Husband and I reach financial stability since you have inspired me to follow right behind you, I love helping people, just as you do. we actually have taken in 3 children from the state of fl until thier parents can regain parental rights. The state does not have funds to help us so it is draining us right now but that is ok cause this is what were called to do. I just wish we could do more.Again thank you from our family to yours.

  75. Ellen says

    I love your pay it forward. I am a single mom that was struggling to care for my family after three surgeries in two and half years. I was blessed to find couponing. May 14, 2011 our family suffered a terrible a loss when my boyfriend’s 16 year old niece died in a house fire. Her 12 year old brother escaped. Her 14 year old brother was not home at the time of the fire. Because of couponing, on multiple occasions I have been to give several large boxes of needed items not only to that family but to several others in need in my community. I have been able to donate pet food to my local animal shelter and food to my local food bank. My latest adventure this week was to buy Irish Spring body wash and deodorant to donate to the local mission for homeless here in my area. Thank you so much for your commitment to sharing deals and freebies that makes it possible for me to do these things. We are all truly blessed.

  76. says

    I love your post! I have been doing the “secret Santa” thing all year and it really makes me feel good! Thanks for a great post and doing something nice for others!

  77. says

    You inspire! The gift you are sharing with this is so much larger than money and I hope those children carry it through their lives. My grand father always said “Kind words cost nothing, they make us rich if we use them.” I never forget it and I think it just makes my life and those around me all the better. Is there a catch phrase for your mission that one can share with children to help them remember? On another note, I could use some help, though it would not cost a thing. If you can, I would love to know what company you blog for as I could use more blog income to help get my military family across country this summer to see family we have not been able to see in years.

  78. says

    I love this post! Thanks for the inspiration! I have recently started paying it forward and I swear we get more out of it than the person on the receiving end :)

  79. says

    This is such a wonderful thing! I love the “pay it forward” type thing. There have been a number of times when I pull up to the window at McD’s or some other drive thru place and as I pay for my order, I ask the cashier how much the order is for the person behind me, and pay for it too, and tell her to tell them to just pay it forward to someone else in return.
    Just stopped in on the Alexa hop. Thanks for hosting it!

  80. michelle hill says

    You are amazing! Im a single mom of 4 and things arent ever easy. Trying to get by is a battle. The diapers really hit home since Im always having trouble getting them for my toddler. We try to have yard sales and sell what we dont need. Then whats left is always donated. When my luck comes and I have an extra few bucks theres a website wish upon an angel and my kids shopped for a little girl and her sister since she was living in a hospital waiting for a new heart. I dontate to St judes childrens hospital even though its very small but I never have enough to get by but when you get something you didnt expect its like you didnt have it anyway so why not pay it forward. Theres always someone worse off than you. Im always praying to win the lottery so i can buy a house,donate to many great places that are in need of help and start a business that would help others. I just clicked the link from mamaloversherbargains and here is your page. I wasnt planning on writting just looking for a contest since my little wins always help with something. So I hope everyone that reads your story remembers to pass something along no matter how small. You are great…and I will be sharing your story on FB and twitter. Take care!

  81. judy Shockley says

    my mom taught me charity begins at home ,which i do ,over and beyond but you do is also above board,thank you

  82. says

    I love this. I wish there were more people like you in the world. So many don’t ever think about what people don’t have, it’s what they can buy next to keep up with the Jones. Bless you and thank you for your kindness and generosity.

  83. Maureen Butcher says

    As I read this,I’m already thinking that I am so unlike what pay it forward means. But then as I read posts from “Speak Your Mind”, I think yeah I do do it, I just never considered what I have been doing is this. To me I do what I’ve done because God has touched my heart to want to be loving, compassionate, kind to anyone that I may come in contact with during my day. That day includes anybody I make come into contact with at work, in my household, people on the net, people at church, just walking in my neighborhood, standing in line at the grocery store, or waiting for my appointment time in a reception area. I also have to admit, that there are plenty of times where I am more selfish than not. When I am behaving selfish, I miss the opportunities to have those encounters with others that God has placed in my path for that day. That makes me sad and then I realize that God is merciful and graceful and will once again give me those opportunities once I decide to start to begin anew. Thank you for such a thought provoking and stimulating blog quest. It is oh so encouraging to all those whom benefit from such a blessing that Pay It Forward is. : )

  84. says

    God bless you. We need so much more people with your integritiy and ideals in this world. These are the things that always made me happy until I became disabled and on chemo. Now there is no going out except to drs visits I can’t afford and I live alone. The internet is what connects me to the outside world. But even through the world wide web, it looks like fewer and fewer people these days have those ideals that are so important to you me and all of the commenters on this site. I guess they are all stuggling themselves and they are lucky to come across you. I have found you, this site and the people in this community to be of the same standards. You just need to know where to look. Blessings to you.
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  85. Joy says

    I love this idea. Sunday my son and I went out to eat to celebrate his making a 32 on his ACT. This was a big relief for us because he wants to go to college and he needs high scholarships offered to him. I had been given a gift card to Red Lobster and to Denny’s. My son chose Denny’s for our celebration meal. While we were there, we ran into an old friend who works there. She was talking about her family and Christmas. To make a long story short, I gave her my Red Lobster gift card, so that she could go out to eat and be waited on (instead of always being the one waiting on someone else). When I told her, “Merry Christmas” and gave her the card, she started to cry and tell me that I had made her year. I had no idea that she had been working two jobs to pay bills and that this would be the first time all year that she would be able to treat herself. It is hard to explain how I felt, but I know that we were led to Denny’s, so that I could bring a smile to her face. Thank you for all you do!

  86. Glenda Crane says

    I love all these stories. I need to find a good site for paypal and gift certificats etc.I love to do for other people, we used to be able to handout $100. Right now we can just pray and donate to Baptist association. They love it in Summer when garden is in, ’cause the said they have not had fresh veggies, just canned from Food pantry. It makes us fell god to do that much.
    Right now my husband and I bought our 1st house, it had been empty 4 yrs. Some Thieves notised My husband and son working on it, It has a nice fenced in yard, they cut the fence and broke in and stole all working equipment and all the new wiring. That was 3 years ago. We now have to buy materials monthly. After our other house burned. We moved in a trailer, that was in 92. It is really getting bad. Things will get better, wait up on the Lord.

  87. kymi a says

    Big blessings! Truly a feel good story and I would love to make someone’s day bright. We all go thru hard times and sometime that 1 person who enters you live can be life changing! I hope to be a help in someone’s life all the time!

  88. Diana says

    This is a great story.. I too have been struggling and both of us are disabled. I am depressed lately because the holidays are coming and we are so broke, again like last year it doesn’t seem like Christmas will happen this year and it’s really bothering me. This story did brighten my day and you are making a difference!

  89. janelle lawyer says

    what a wonderful person to do so much for someone else. you are great person. I donated my bike one year to a little girl . orginally it was for one of my daughters but she had so many gifts already so we gave the elmo bike we had just bought to another little girl whose family couldnt afford to get her one. Its one of the best feelings in the world to help another family.

  90. says

    You have no idea what the person beside, in front of or behind you has been through. We must change the channel and spread love to everyone for no reason. Life is a gift, with challenges please share the love for our children’s sake. Bless you all. xo

  91. says

    Geesh… thats so wonderful that karma is really paying it forward to you and has ur back. Ur an amazing person, such a big heart. Thank you. We dont have much, but i try to donate anything i cant use… Im on a local fb group, mess to messangers… and they’ve helped me a few times with food, and in return ive given away baby food that my daughter refused to eat, and even her 1st birthday decorations… it always feels good just to know u made someone elses day.

  92. Corissa Palfrey says

    This story makes me happy. At times I have helped those in need and at other times they have helped me. I have seen good deeds go full circle and watched them spread like wildfire. It is so amazing that you are doing this. Especially for comlete strangers. I thank you for doing something so positive and hope some good will rains down on me from others this holiday season.

  93. Tina says

    I love stories like this. If each of us helped just one person we would make a huge impact. If I win the toys I already have little children picked out to give them to (my baby is 25 and likes much “bigger” toys)

  94. Christine Renee Reeves says

    This is my second time reading this story, and it warms my heart so much to know there are good people left in this world :)

  95. Jennifer Cotten says

    I love what you do! You have inspired me to use the points that I have accumulated on mypoints to receive a $25 gift card to walmart and I am going to bring it to my next zumba class that is put on for free by the local community center/food bank and give it to one of the families that are there in need of assistance.

  96. says

    Ive had things like this happen to me. I am going to sponsor 2 kids for Christmas. And my the grace of God, and savvy shopping I have 6 gifts each plus stocking stuffers. All for 20.00. Now I don’t know if I can pull it off, put if I can Im gonna sponsor 3 more little boys. I have faith god will provide a way.

  97. Daria says

    This is an awesome story. It’s amazing how one person stepping up to help with cause a trickle effect. People think they don’t have any “extra” to give, but in reality, most of us do. :)

  98. JJ Caraway says

    What an awesome post you have written and I know your heart is smiling. The feeling you have when you know you have helped others is such a reward that it is almost indescribable. My children do so much to help me out since I have SLE and I am so blessed because of them. God always provides as well as gives back.

  99. cortney walls says

    This story touched my heart. It is so wonderful to read a story about someone wanting to help others after all of the news you see and hear about all of the violence going on everywhere, and I am very thankful for people like you who understand the importance of helping those less fortunate than you! Thank you so much for all that you do!

  100. says

    Thank you for this story, we get so caught up in our own lives sometimes we forget what is important. You have inspired me to do more not only for the holidays but all year long.

  101. Carla Coe says

    As I have grown out of childhood and as a mother I have slowly realized It truly is better to give than to receive. There is so much to gain by giving away. You are an inspiration! May God continue to bless you and through you! Thank you

  102. Jennifer Ingram says

    Paying it forward is just about the most amazing feeling in the world! I love helping my patients. I love sharing my own struggle with lupus so they know they are not alone. We are all fighting our own battle! If they need something, I do my best to get it for them. I’ve been in their place. I love helping anyone who is trying to do good for their life or someone else’s life whether it be being foster parents or trying to get their education. This post has opened my eyes and I would love to try and do more with what I have been blessed. We don’t have everything we want but we have what we need and that is a blessing!

  103. Julia says

    With so many people in need during the holiday season this story is an inspiration on how even just a small bit can go a long way to people who truly deserve it and need it.

  104. Renee Wright says

    Thank you for sharing your story. I truly believe that God will bless those that bless others. i have been blessed many times by others, and I have tried to be a blessing to others when I can. things have been very tight lately in our home, my husbands hours got cut to only 3 days a week and I haven’t got more than 11 hours a week in a couple months. but god has always provided for my us and our kids. Even though things will be tight for us this Christmas and our 4 kids will not be getting as much as normal, I will still do my very best to help someone who is in need. I feel and believe that is what God would want us to do, and that it is the right thing to do. I hope and pray you keep getting blessed so you can continue to help and bless others. In my prayers!

  105. Lisa Hackney says

    What a touching post… and one that really hits home. Not too long ago, my children and I were homeless. We had run from an abusive marriage with only the clothes on our backs. We stayed in a domestic violence shelter for 3 months before we finally got an apartment in one of the housing projects in our town. things were not easy to say the least. I was on my own with 5 sons, 3 of whom are special needs, which limited my ability to work. We would have never made it if had not been for the generosity of others.
    Our first Christmas in the apartments, we were adopted by the local Bath and Body Works. They provided the most amazing Christmas for my kids. The generosity continued from various sources for the 3 years we spent in the projects, and I have never forgotten it.
    Things have changed a lot since those very difficult days. I have remarried, and my current marriage is amazing! We have 10 kids between us. One serving in Korea, one in college, a senior, a junior, a sophomore, 2 freshmen, a 5 th grader, a 3rd grader and our little girl who is going to be 5 soon. Even with all that we have on our plate, we make sure to give back. I remind the kids to never forget where you came from and to never miss a chance to help someone in need. If more people were willing to help their fellow man, this world would be a much better place. Thank you for setting such a wonderful example!!

  106. Monica Surma-Streder says

    WHat a wonderful site! Thanks for all that you do for us! This is a truly special thing all of you are doing. thanks for being a generous and loving group of people. :)

  107. Jane Ritz says

    Your story is so heart-warming. If everyone could give back-even only a little this world would be a better place. Your story is remarkable. It kept going -what goes around comes around-again and again and again.

  108. crystal lane says

    I always try to do something nice for someone and keep a smile on my face.I cant afford to anything so i just try to do things that dont cost anything.but you are a very kind woman.Wish we could duplicate you.

  109. elizabeth miller says

    this is such a great thing you are doing–my 8 year old did kind of the same thing for operation homefront baby shower for enlisted women and ended up going from what we thought would be a few things to almost $75,000 of donations for these women. She had such a sense of accomplishment from helping others and I’m sure you do as well. It’s the best way to be good all the way around.

  110. Mary Dailey says

    I think if all of us did this, it would help so much. I think we get busy and don’t follow through, even though we have good intentions. I’m going to do more to help others too.

  111. Dee says

    I pay it forward as often as I can. I don’t do it to get something back because I rarely do. I do it because even though I’m suffering in some way, there is ALWAYS someone worse off than I. With hope, these simple acts will be instilled in my children.

  112. ashlie elari says

    You are so amazing not only are you setting a great example for your kids but for everyone !every little bit helps and its about giving not receiving I wish I had the funds to do something like this for even one person:) thanks for all you do

  113. Kimberly Frazee says

    I just cant tell you how much we all appreciate what you guys do on here for us out here. Not just for the giveaways but the kind words mean so much to me and the lessons on saving Wahoo ya know Shoo it has helped. These kinds of things you do behind the scenes just take it over the top helping people in need. Yes it tight for us this year but I tried to prepare a lot earlier and the kids will not go without where others out there didn’t have the option because of circumstances beyond their control. Ive tried to help others as much as I can but you have made my whole year with your generosity, loving and caring in this touching story and I Thank God there is still people out there that will go that extra mile to help others in need. Bless you and all like you for making this a better world

  114. Menessa Hawkingberry says

    Thank you for sharing this $100 story, It is a person like you that makes this world worth being in. I hope you have a Blessed Christmas.

  115. Tanya Holland says

    It is so wonderful to know that there are people out there who care about others. I know that I rely on a lot of people for help, not just during the holiday but throughout the entire year. Thanks for all that you do

  116. Jody Arbogast says

    I sit here and read all you have done for people who sure do need some help in their lives. I wish I could help like you have done and still continue to do. I am also struggling, but I know there are so many more people out there who has it worse then me. So I’m very greatful for what I have in my life. I love the “Chain of Love”! All that you do, you do not expect anything but happiness from the People. Thank you so much for your story. I will sure pass it on. “Happy Holiday’s to you and your Family”!!!

  117. Cheryl Rahkonen says

    This article made me cry. It is so wonderful that you are helping people and good deeds never go unrewarded. You have inspired me to find my own good deeds to help others. We never really know how much a small gesture or selfless act can impact others. I pray that your ‘Chain of Love’ never ends and that all that read this can contribute or start their own ‘Chain of Love’. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome story.

  118. amybelle2001 says

    I love the fact that you pay it forward and the universe rewards you. I’m a firm believer you get back what you put out. Good for you and for everyone else helping you out!!

  119. Alicia Som says

    I have always believed that if you put good out you in return will receive good back! Do good, be good and get good in return! Thanks…it’s so inspirational!

  120. Jeanette Jeno says

    That was a great story. One of the mom’s in my mother group lost her job last month and a few of us are getting together to send her presents for her kids. And a gift card for her to help with bills and whatever else she needs. The best part is is that it will be a suprize for her.

  121. Rae Ramos says

    this is amazing. what i do is when i go to the supermarket and the person in front of me is short i just pay for it. i feel good after i do this. now my husband and my kids do the same.

  122. Ashley Pate says

    This is a very inspirational story…it is a true blessing to be able to help someone. Unfortunately I am one of those needing help :( I m always trying to help others when I can with things I do have. Be thankful if you are in the position to help people, God loves a kind heart. It’s a warm feeling when you can help someone that you know needs it…most often me & my husband help people we cross just on the side of the road or if we hear of someone needing something done at their home. We have been in the predicament too many times so we know the feeling of needing help. If it’s nothing but helping an older person with their groceries to the car, loading items they have bought from Walmart or fixing their leaky sink….we help were we can :D Thanks for sharing and to those who can help…..God Bless You <3 Happy Holidays!

  123. Sarah Elyce says

    This is heartwarming. I love to read stories about how others help others. It inspires me like nothing else and I believe it is exactly what the human experience really is all about.

  124. desiree says

    that was great what i id is gve my gf she had 4 gransd kid and then she did not have money to get the girls stuff so i went to dollar tree and took the coupon we made gift bag for her daughter new baby and then hubby of her daughter and then family and then each kid got shampoo and then oter goodie all the kid got stuff for the stocking and then gift for under the tree

  125. Jennifer Uhde says

    Amazing story! Thank you for your kindness! And as my grandfather always said “what goes around, comes around…good and bad”. Keep sowing those good seeds!

  126. says

    You Are an awesome person! what you started is such a wonderful way to pay it forward. This is such an uplifting story it made me cry to thing of all that you have done for other. i myself help other all the time and feel sometimes there isn’t may that feel like i do but what you wrote restored my faith that there still are good people in this world that do think only of themselves and think of others . God Bless you ,You are an angel right here on earth.

  127. katie b says

    What a great story and wonderful thing you are doing. Tis the season for giving. I told my kids we need to get rid of 5 toys each to give to someone who may not get anything else for Christmas. Although it was a small effort, I figure it is never to young to teach them the importance of sharing.

  128. Danielle Jones says

    So refreshing to hear that good people still exist I think we all need a reminder of that form time to time. Keep up the good work.

  129. Kerry Gillespie says

    Wow, this story gave me (good) chills! I love hearing things like this! Even when things are tight for us with providing for our 3 kids, we always try to pay it forward and God always seems to provide.

  130. Nicole Pyle says

    Amazing story!Thanks for sharing it with us! Need more people like you.Every Christmas I have my girls(17 and 5) ring the bell at the local stores-I tell them if no one is there ringing the bell no one will drop money in the kettle. All the money collected stays within the community.

  131. darlene olvera says

    This is such a beautiful story! Helping others has always been my passion and for many years I gave help to many many people. It always made me feel so much better when I could help someone else. Unfortunately I became disabled and am at a point now when I do good to make it myself. In the last 5 months months ,I had my Mom almost die , my sister in and out of the hospital, my brother passed away, my only transportation completely dead, and my 24 year old great niece pass away. It has been really hard but I just keep going. So continue to do what you do as you are such a great inspiration to others. If I ever get back on my feet, I will again do everything I can to help others.

  132. Andrea F. says

    I think it is amazing what you are doing! I would love to be able to help out, but with the economy the way it is now, and having 6 kids myself, I just hope we have a gift under the tree for our own kids. This gives me hope that the world is still a beautiful place and there truly are wonderful people out there!!

  133. golden storm says

    it is amazing to me how kind some people still are,,especially when you don’t see it daily from real people but then you see it online and think what is wrong with with so many people these days,,no one seems to like to give!!,,it is a blessing to my family that the blogs and the sponsers have giveaways because we sure wouldn’t have much of a Christmas without one!!,,throughout the year I can at least mange to make sure each member of my family has at least one special gift from winning prizes,,so once again thankyou for your kindness

  134. Maggie Balboa says

    WOW what an inspiration… that is wonderful!!! My family lives by the motto… it is better to give than it is to receive…. my dad always quotes that verse in the bible about a cheerful giver!

  135. Sandra Tanner says

    Wow, what an inspiring story, helping others is truly a christian thing to do and helping others gives you such a wonderful feeling, it makes you want to keep helping others, it is a true blessing! I wish that I was one to be able to help financially, but all I can do is help in a physical sense. God will bless you for all you do!!!

  136. Jenni says

    I am truly touched by your $100 story!! I love that you think of others and do nice things for them. I want to start paying it forward starting 2014, hopefully my blog will start picking up and I can earn a little bit of money to help others out as well!! Thanks so much for being so generous and sharing your awesome story!!

  137. heidi eaton says

    I think its great that you are able to help so many people with your website. Especially at this time of year. There are many people in need and so little help for many of us.

  138. Michelle L. says

    I LOVE this and willing to help any way I can. Im a single mom of 6(three are now grown and living on their own) so I know what it’s like to struggle. My hearts desire is to help people like I have been helped over the years. I may not have a lot of money but I try to give to others, if its even just clothes my children have outgrow, or toys.We need more compassion in this world today. Thank you for sharing!

  139. Alethea Nano says

    Such an amazing thing you are doing. Showing Gods love in this way. I hope to win the box of toys so I can do the same. I have a few families I work with that are in great need this year, and would love to be able to give toys for the children so I can spend my own money on food and staples. Bless you!

  140. Sharon Meeks says

    I love to see pay it forward stories. Very heart warming. Normally my family is the one helping but this yr fell on very hard times. Finding it impossible to find help for my kids. That is why it is so important to help others. There are so many in need and not enough resources to go around. So always if you are in a position to help dont put it off.

  141. Melissa Witzgall says

    I agree that when one person sees the good someone else is doing it catches on. I love to do good for others it makes me feel better and I expect nothing in return. What an amazing heart you have. Stay blessed.

  142. says

    I have been on both ends of the spectrum.. needing help and helping others. Even though I don’t have it the greatest I try to help others as much as can even if its something simple like giving someone a lift or handing out water to the homeless. And if one coupons while getting things 100 can stretch out a lot more

  143. Becky Richied says

    I think this kind of chain is a wonderful thing. The smiles are the most rewarding. I wish I had this job everyday it would be the most fulfulling.

  144. Laura J says

    OH such a wonderful thing you are doing! For what you are doing….is what Christmas is all about! Gave me goose bumps and touched my heart! I wish I was in a better financial situation to help out too!

  145. lissa crane says

    I love this story-it really touched me! We tend to overlook the little ways people help each other, but they add up! As a teacher, I know how much toys can mean to a child at this time of the year! It’s the gesture, not the toy-no child wants to have nothing! I participate in a toy drive as well for that reason-Beautiful story! Glad to see there are still loving people in this world!

  146. Mary R. says

    I think the true meaning of Christmas is often overlooked when dealing with children. My family always takes a tag off the Giving Tree at our church. Now that my children are grown, they are doing it with their families. I truly admire someone like you who tries to make someone else’s life a bit cheerier.

  147. says

    Such an inspirational story. It reminds me of my seven year old daughter. My daughter is in second grade now and has volunteered for every fundraiser that the school puts on. This year she helped raise money for the local animal shelter, the local Ronald McDonald house, donated a gift for toys for tots with her own money, and collected can goods for the Christmas food drive. I am thankful that she has such a given heart. I hope that she continues as well as you. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story.

  148. Carolyn R says

    It is great the amazing things you do. I wish I could do more but unfortunately I don’t have Christmas for my kids and we don’t qualify for any kind of help. We had a huge loss November 3rd of my mother who we lived with. I am struggling to keep my kids in our house and having to watch every penny. Thank you so much for all the posts you do it helps me a lot.

  149. desiree says

    i done it for my gf i gve her over 200 dollar of couon and we got soem great deal for the 4kid and 4 adult plus here and the dog but for got the cat but we got it something after that we got the kid all kding od stuff and then gave her stuff and then shampoo and house hold stuff

  150. Danielle Lindquist says

    Omg this is amazing and a really great idea!! This show that there are still great people out there who care about one another. I so wish I could help but still struggling to figure out where my own kids presents will come from, hoping for a miracle! I am so happy you’re giving miracles to so many people out there!! This is amazing for them.

  151. Adrienne says

    I love this. It made me cry, but in a good way. My girls and I often do things we can to help others (complimenting strangers, asking people if they need help, etc). We can’t do it financially, but we can do it with our hearts. It always, ALWAYS, make us feel better and always gives us something in return. I believe what you put out into the world will come back to you, so always put good out there.

    Thank you for sharing this. <3

  152. Shannon says

    How wonderful! I have always tried to help but this year my family has needed help and I’ve been very humbled at how much people are willing to share…keep it up!!!

  153. Jenny Padgett says

    I believe in this! A real good friend helped me out with Christmas one year because I absolutely could not afford it. She surprised me one day and filled my car up with stuff for my girls to take home. I would like to help someone else in need to do my part and give back!

  154. Amber s. says

    These stories are so inspiring. Being in a tight situation this year I totally understand how much difference 100 can make to someone and how little it takes to make someone’s day.

  155. laura veytia says

    I am on a fixed income so I spend some money on the soldiers there the ones who protect our freedom I write to them, I am going to visiti them at the Veterans Hospital for Christmas I bought some personal care items, wrote each one a personal card, candy, some snacks something just to let them know they are appreciated. So I think it is wonderful that you pick families to help. God Bless You and your family.

  156. Marbeth Carew says

    My husband and I run a Mission. We help people on a daily basis. Even when we are out and about we help people everywhere and anywhere. It is our life’s passion!

  157. Shelley Drady Enright says

    I love, love, love this! You are shining His light and He is blessing you and enabling you to bless even more people. :)

  158. says

    I am a single mother of 5. I recently finished college with my Associates and hope to start in January for my BA. I havent really been able to do much for my kids this year and yet I understand that there are so many more that have it a lot worse. I truely hope that those who win these contest truely need the toys or are giving them to those who do. I think you for the chance and the $100 story is one and that let me see that things are not always as bad as you think because someone, somewhere is going through a lot more. You are a wonderful person. Thank you for all that you do.

  159. Vivanna Wright says

    Wow-you really know how to write and the way this keeps happening should really make you know that somebody somewhere is happy about that! Nice to read this now-does my heart good-thanks for the giveaways & freebies!

  160. Sheila Owen says

    This is such a wonderful thing, I want to thank you, end everyone else who are so generous and willing to help those less fortunate themselves.

  161. stacy says

    i wish i was able to help someone,but i have lupus and MS and fighting,yes having to fight to recieve disability.And my hubby has been out of work for 3 months now and no luck with even craigslist jobs.we have 2 girls that we cant afford christmas for. But if i was able to help,i would like to help someone in my same exact situation with being ill and trying to make it off of 1 income thats not coming in anymore,because i know how it feels and how it hurts to not have for your children.

  162. Heather Adamson says

    You make my heart warm, as I was typing this my phone rang, it was a friend of mine. She knows I help when I can, she knew of a young mother with 2 children that couldn’t provide a Christmas for them, asking would I be willing to help her provide one for them with her. Of course tomorrow her and I will be out do shopping for that family. This is the season for giving. But everyone should know people need help year round not just the holiday seasons.

  163. Angela W says

    God bless you for your great acts of kidness.. I am unable to pay it forward alot, and I feel bad about myself, but GOD knows my heart. Again, you inspire me for all you do for others.

  164. DENISE SMITH says

    what a great way to help someone else in need i love to pay it forward also i try doing that all through the year

  165. says

    this is so touching! and so generous!! you have blessed so many people. and that is a blessing on its on.. the feeling you get from helping someone is a reward in its own too.. i believe if you do good you get good. and if you do bad you get bad.. 10 fold!
    I think its wonderful that you have gone outta your way for so many people.. a very selfless act… THANK YOU! I wish more ppl (including myself) could be more like that..

  166. Kellie Johnston-Hawthorne says

    You are probably one of the first blogs I ever started following. I have seen your generous, kind heart, working magic over the years! I think that’s why I still follow. It’s so refreshing to see you paying it forward. There are so many blogs out there, that simply just want, want, want for themselves. I think you’re amazing for all of the things you’ve done for needy families, and even complete strangers!

  167. Elicia says

    This is so awesome ! Pay it forward ! Wish we had more people like you in the world ! I try to help out kids in the neighborhood here when I can , And just seeing the smiles on their faces make my day ! Keep it up it will come back around to you :)

  168. crystal moyer says

    wow amazing!! Ive aways lived by what goes around comes around. If you always do good for others something goood will happen to you. good karma. I try to instill that in my children too

  169. Sherrie Mullen says

    You are so sweet! inspirational for sure. Someday I hope we’re in a position financially that we can help families out as well.

  170. Kristy Miller says

    **I could not get this to submit above *
    I have a friend who has always worked very hard to keep her family together and a roof over their head. She has 2 boys where at least one is autistic, but she has still managed to be a wonderful mother and raise her boys up to be respectable citizens. Unfortunately she was just let go of from work and will not be able to afford Christmas this year due to this situation. I wish that I could personally help her out but our family is struggling just as much currently. I would just like to see her boys and her have a great Christmas they really do deserve it and add to our worldwide community as a whole. Please help me keep the spirit of Christmas alive for her and her boys! Thank you

  171. Charity Johnson says

    This is a really sweet thing for you to do! I wish I was in a position to help someone out this year, looks like we are at the other end of the spectrum…Hubby graduated w/ his B.Sc. this summer and can’t get a FT job…we are grateful for the seasonal job he finally got..We’ve got 3kids w/ one on the way and this is a stressful season in our life…God bless you for helping others and inspiring people to reach out :)

  172. elysia perkins says

    I’m a true believer in what comes around goes around, and have witnessed it! I received much needed help when I was pregnant with my lovely twins, during and after :) as they grew up and out I passed along the things they didn’t need anymore and once we got into the swing of things was even able to help others out as well! A little bit goes a long way, even just a smile and a hello :)

  173. Jessica Claypool says

    Brightest blessings to you and the folks your touch via blog posts and indirect and direct comfort and support. :c).

  174. Dorrie Turner says

    It’s so inspiring to give what you can when you can. And for people that need it to be blessed with the kindness heals all. xo

  175. Joni Owada says

    I was so blessed to read this. You are wonderful to do this, and then encouraging others to do what they can to help others in need….
    Bless you!

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