SHARE YOUR STORY

You have been challenged to change a life; what will you do?

We want to hear your experiences on how you are sharing the card with others.

Post your story below and help others learn how much fun it is to give.

If you received this card from a complete stranger, friend or family member, please post how someone shared their time and talent or money with you.

*** This site is to remain anonymous, please do not leave your full name. Share how this random act of kindness has inspired you to give more in your life. E-mail addresses will not be published to the site or any third party.***

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  64 comments for “SHARE YOUR STORY

  1. Francisco
    May 11, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I really like this site. I want to help someone!

  2. Mark
    May 12, 2011 at 8:36 am

    This site looks amazing. What a concept! I was given the card and asked to share it with another. I bought a meal for another family while I was out with my wife this past weekend. Even during economic difficulty, we all need to find something to share. Can’t wait to hear more great experiences.

  3. Jeff
    May 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I received the card while I was putting gas in my car. Didn’t know what it was. The gentlemen said, “I know this sounds strange, but I’d like to pay for your gas today.” Just to be nice. I was deeply humbled and touch by the act of kindness. This is what we need more of in today’s world. What a great site. Whoever is behind this, well done and thank you. I will look for a great opportunity to share this card with another.

  4. Steve
    May 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I have heard about the card floating around and was told the site was ready to go. It really will be so inspirational to watch as this card goes from state to state and encourage giving on all levels. I have ordered my first 50 cards and can’t wait to share them with my family and friends. I am nervous to go up to random strangers but I think it will be fun and very rewarding.

  5. Michelle
    May 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I also have heard about the site and am excited to be a part of such a fun cause. I think we all need to find ways to give and share our talents. This is a great way to find others and encourage them to make a difference. Truly inspirational what is being done. What a great concept. I have ordered the cards for my family and will be passing them around to encourage even my little ones to embrace the spirit of giving. You don’t just have to buy something for a stranger. The card can be given with any simple act of service.

  6. Andrea
    May 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Can’t wait to hear everyone’s experiences. Love the idea. I too just received my cards and am ready to start sharing. Even during these difficult times I know that I can do a lot more. My heart is already helping me decide what I can do. No act of kindness towards another is meaningless. Every bit helps. Can’t wait to share. I’m looking for inspiring ways to help another.

  7. Tyler
    May 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

    This card will make its way all over the world. It is funny, but having it in your wallet does hold you responsible to use it. Every time I look at it I am inspired to give it away. I am challenging myself to ponder who needs it the most. It is making me step out of my comfort zone as well in my thoughts and deeds. It will be fun to read the random experiences from total strangers. It will provide that link to both people in the circumstance to read what each felt due to the act of services rendered. Very interesting. Well done.

  8. Aly
    May 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    The card is here!! This will change everyone’s life who chooses to be involved!! Can’t wait to hear the stories and create some of my own!

  9. James
    May 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I was browsing the internet i saw this website. It looks really nice and the cause seems to be a noble one. Kudos!

  10. ashley
    May 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    great concept and i love the platform. what a great thing to be a part of.

  11. Tony
    May 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Just got invited to the site today via Facebook. Wow! This looks like a lot of fun. I’ll get some cards and spread them around the community. Glad to help.

  12. Rachel
    May 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Good to know that there are people that really want to do something great. I’m inspired by the invitation to serve another. I won’t say who invited me, but thank you. You know who you are and I know who you are. I will take a large step in putting myself out there.

  13. Maribeth
    May 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I was extended the invitation to think about my talents and opportunities to share. I’m grateful for the reminder of a small few that want to continually inspire truth. Thank you for the effort in launching such a fantastic challenge. I will give it my all.

  14. May 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I was given the card and told to pay it forward, do something good with it. A couple days later, I met a 28-year old short track speed ice skater who is training for the 2014 Olympics. He was asking for a donation to “help inspire the deaf community and help them realize their dream.” I gave him $50. I know that he will do great things.

  15. Stephanie
    May 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    i too was inspired by the concept. We will be sharing the ten cards we have with others that we are looking to serve. Thank you for the invitation. Can’t wait to get started.

  16. Alex
    May 17, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I was sitting at dinner with my two kids yesterday. The bill came and the waitress said she “had never seen anything like this, but someone bought your dinner and gave you this card.” We both were stunned and loved the idea that giving could be turned into so much fun. I had a great dinner and will buy a meal for someone else next time I’m out. I’m very thankful that someone was caring enough to
    share with me. How fun!

  17. Brian
    May 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I was having a late lunch yesterday while my car was getting repairs. The restaurant was empty until about half way through my meal when a younger couple walked in. The thought popped in my head to pick up their check too… So I pulled the server aside and asked to pay for their meal too. She said, “Oh, that’s nice. Do you know them?” I said “No.” Then I asked her to put this card into their bill folder. She looked at it and turned it over, then asked if she could also have one to give to someone else! Such a cool experience!

  18. Cheryl
    May 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I too was the recipient of the card this week. Thank you to whoever bought our desert while we were out for dinner. The waiter said whatever we wanted to get was paid for. Really fun way to encourage everyone to catch the giving bug. Thank you, thank you.

  19. john
    May 20, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I wanted to thank my friend Terry for the kindness he showed towards me. I was praying for help with a specific matter and even though he didn’t know it, his actions were a direct answer to my prayers. I know it is often through another that our prayers are answered and that was the case for me and many others I’ve read on this site. It’s hard to put it in words, I’m very humbled and grateful.

  20. michelle
    May 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Greatful for a certain someone in my neighborhood that sent me an anonymous thank you note. It meant so much to me. You know who you are and for me it enough that you know it meant the world to me. Thank you. Made my week.

  21. Lacey
    May 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    It is amazing to watch how this is beginning to spread. What a fun idea. I have been challenged to do my part and help another. I have begun talking with my kids to think of fun ways we can spread the card as a family.

  22. Terry
    May 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I have been introduced to the card and website and been impressed with the concept, I love it! and wanted to share a story from my past. I had a friend and his wife that i knew were hurting badly financially. They were very poor for several months and he mentioned to me that he didn’t even have enough to buy food. So late that night i went to the grocery store and bought several bags of groceries and placed them at their door. Several days later he told me that they were overwhelmed that someone would know they were in that condition and think to help. This was many years ago and remaines a secret to this day. The interesting part of this story is this person has gone on to become ultra successful… I think he has never forgot it but I have always remembered that feeling that came from that random act of kindness and its always stayed with me. It may of fed their bodies, but it fed my soul. I love that this card will challenge others to feel those same feelings.

  23. Gretchen
    June 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I was given the card and waited for the perfect opportunity to use a pay it forward to the young kid who holds the signs for Little Ceasars Pizza. Always happy, always smiling, grateful at such a young age to HAVE a job. He just graduated from high school. Never asks for anything. Saw his a little “down” one day on the side of the road flipping his sign — I pulled over to speak with him. I let him know that every single day I see him – he makes me and my family smile (he was shocked and had no idea that he made a difference in people’s lives like he does). He wanted to take his new girlfriend out for graduation but couldn’t because he didn’t have enough money. I gave him everything I had in my wallet and told him to have a great time. As I was driving away (relatively short conversation with a kid I barely know), I could see the tears in his eyes. He has the card. I know it changed his life.

  24. Nadean
    June 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I had the great challenge to share the card along with the gift of $50. I chose to give all of the money to a group home for disabled women. I included cards for the staff, with a note to use the money however they see the ladies can best benefit (there are always so many needs in a group home). I also challenged the staff to pass-it-on. I’ll continue to share the card and pass-it-on. What a great challenge, thank you for sharing with so many of us!

  25. Chalise
    July 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    With the card and invitation, I chose to buy a family of 5 movie tickets at The District. I’ll never forget the look on the mother’s face when I offered to buy her and her four children movie tickets. It was such a great feeling and an experience I will never forget!

  26. Len
    July 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Last Saturday, my wife and I took a load of stuff to Deseret Industries, and we also ended up buying a few things. The guys working in the back helped us load the stuff into our car, and get some stuff tied down and secure. It was about 100 degrees outside, but they were so helpful and patient. We went to the Smiths around the corner and bought Sobe’s for everyone there. They were shocked when we drove back around, and very appreciative.

  27. amber
    July 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I received the card over the fourth of July while at the park. What a fun idea? We need more of this in our society. I can’t wait to share the card and learn of fun ways for myself and my kids to get involved.

  28. Thomas
    July 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    The 2nd Greatest Commandment, LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
    I have been inspired to increase my kindness because of the cards in my wallet. I see the love and gratitude in peoples eyes and the surprise that someone cares. Its a shame that its a surprise,so many suicides close to me this year, I wonder what a card would have done for them? Food,Shelter,Entertainment or a Hug, Please share your stories!!! Keep this going and let someone know they are loved!

  29. J
    September 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I was given the card along with $50 to pass it along to someone else. A few weeks ago I was leaving a parking lot and out standing in the hot sun were the fire fighters collecting for Muscular Dystrophy. Having known a few people who have suffered from this terrible disease, I decided to contribute to this great cause and pass along the card. I am so grateful for this site and for the opportunity it gives us to think about what we can do for someone else.

  30. Sara
    September 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I first heard about this site while listening to the podcast 48 Days by Dan Miller and it was immediately something that I knew I could get behind. I have practiced random acts of kindness for years now, and look forward to sharing the cards and encouraging others to do the same!

  31. Kris
    October 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Heard about this site while on a family reunion. Can’t wait to get started with the cards! I plan on putting them in my children’s stockings at Christmas so they too can get involved. What a fabulous idea! Thank you!

  32. Tyson
    October 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I received some “Your Turn” cards from my uncle. He asked me how many I would do, I said “seven.” When I got home, I made about four dozen cookies for some people in my neighborhood. I left the card and the treats left a joyful smile on their face. When I got home I had a bigger one.

  33. Carson
    November 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    So after last week I thought of doing several things with card.  At first I was going to some baked goods to every office in my complex with a stack of cards inside the box. I still plan on doing this but  my schedule this past week didn’t allow the time to do this right.  So as I continued to be mindful and read your experiences I was searching.  This morning I was getting a drink at the gas station and there was a long line of people, the cards were in my car and I decided to get a stack and go to the front of the line and pay for everyone in store and give them a card to start their day, well strike two….. I had forgotten my wallet.  So I was a little disappointed not knowing if I would have the courage to do it again, then a woman walked in from the rain, shivering, cold and very upset.  She had lost her keys and had no phone, she was a little “off” no one was paying her attention and the workers even less helpful.  I pulled her aside and let her use my phone, we searched for her keys in the storm, I was receiving a mixture of warm looks and glares but no one else was going to bother.  She was clamoring that her husband was going to beat her or kick her, her look was just what you would expect from a stereotype.  She had no answer from the phone and I offered to drop her off.   As we were riding she was talking to herself saying “help me Jesus”, the thought through my mind was, he is.    The card was in my hand but I didn’t give it out, it wasn’t the right timing.  Still my desire to provide help to someone in need was and thus the day began as a success.

  34. B
    November 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    The Price of Peace
    Some time ago, I happened so see an old friend. He was in between jobs and had faced some health issues as well. On the day I saw him he was pretty low, he had no money and the last of any finds and resources was gone. I knew others were aware of his situation and had not chosen to act. He didn’t ask me for anything we just caught up a little and he was about to go on his way. As he left I felt impressed to run after him and give him a hundred dollars. He gave me a hug and thanked me and went off into the world. That night I told my wife what had happened and she was so happy, not a passing thought of the cost to do such a thing. For a few moments that day and evening I had the peace of knowing I was helping and doing my part to bless others, the truth though is I was the blessed one.
    Several months past, nearly a year and then I saw my old friend again. When he saw me he stammered a little and started to mist up, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on now and if things had not gotten better. He pulled me aside and on the brink of tears explained that he had tried to come to my house 3 times to tell me thank you and pay me back. He said he time he started to cry and could not make it to the door. I was humbled and trying not to break down myself, two grown men in public doing the best they could to just say “I love you brother”. He explained to me that that day he received the paper money, he had no gas in his car, no food in his house and no money. I mean really no money not like he had a little and needed more I mean he was out with nowhere to go, had I known just how dire that day was I would have done more, in some respects I am ashamed I did not do more anyway. The truth is the peace and feeling in my soul that day will live with me forever, my heart swells up every time I think about it.
    The price of this peace is so little and the feeling must be the best you can have on this earth. I hope and pray I do not miss these opportunities in my life, we all have them. We have more of them when we look for them.
    I have seen many people give and receive, most have times of their life they are on both sides of it, no one passes through this life without trials of one kind or another, likely many of them. I can say with certainty I have never met a person who did not have something to give another, my old friend who had no economic resources at that time has given me one of the greatest gifts of my life. He and his family are doing well in all aspects now and I still see him from time to time. We both have a deeper appreciation for caring for our neighbors, I can’t help but know, that as I have before, I will again be on the receiving end. The only way to feel good about that time is to be adding to the giving bucket at all times. My dear friend if you ever see this…… Thank you! Peace be with us all. God Bless.

    • Catherine
      December 15, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Jim, Thank you for sharing your story. It touched my heart and inspires me to do more for others! Thank you for following that prompting and for sharing your story here. I’m looking forward to touching others the way you do!

  35. Matt
    November 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I had been challenged by some good friends to find somebody to help and pass a card on to that individual. My mind was racing for a week about different things I could do to help someone. I even did a few small things throughout the week to help others but never found the right way to pass on the card. Finally, the day came where I knew I needed to find and share with somebody. I was at lunch with a coworker when I spotted a couple across from us. I knew I needed to buy lunch for them. These types of random spontaneous acts are not in my natural comfort zone. My mind was racing and I lost track of what my coworker was saying. I just kept waiting for the right chance. Finally, the waiter put the check down and I sprung to my feet and told the couple that I would like to buy their meal for them. Of course the gentleman asked me if I was sure and why. I told him Ijust wanted to do something nice for someone and gave him the card. The couple was very gracious and appreciative. I felt good about the buying of the meal but I felt even better about giving them the card. You see the free meal will stay in their stomachs for a while and in their minds a little longer but if they follow through with the card it could last a lifetime.

    I am grateful to my friends who challenged me and love me enough to pull me out of my comfort zone. If you know anyone like me and care enough about them please challenge them to go beyond their comfort zone. They will really surprise you with what they can do.

  36. jim
    November 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Throwing money is easy and somewhat painless for me. I’m not saying that it isn’t cool to help someone out by buying lunch or a drink or whatever, in fact, I think it really surprises people and is effective. But a friends comment stuck with me and last week I was trying to come up with something that wasn’t “easy” for me, something that made me sacrifice a little for someone else. Anyway, I had a small job for a customer last Friday morning that was going to mean a couple hundred dollars to me. While I was doing the work, I remembered that the day before, when I had met with this customer, it came up in our conversation that he was a veteran. The little voice inside told me that it was Veteran’s Day and that I needed to do this job for free for all this man had done to serve others. Then my own voice came and reminded me that business had been slow all summer and that I couldn’t afford to do that…I said to myself, “I’ll just give him fifty dollars off for Veteran’s Day”. Once again, that little voice came and said do it for free.

    There is a Christian gospel song that I listen to often that in the lyrics says, “I put a twenty in the plate, but I never give till it hurts”. The songwriter implies that he gives, but what he gives is easy, not a sacrifice. Those words immediately came to my mind as the battle between the spirit and I was happening in the basement of my customer’s home. The spirit won the battle and I somewhat reluctantly gave in. When the job was complete, I explained to my customer what I had done to fix his problem, thanked him for his business and grabbed by things to walk away. He asked for the total to write a check and I told him that today was Veteran’s Day and that the service free. He did not want to except my act of kindness, but as I told him that he had done more for me and my family than I could ever do for him and gave him a card, his emotions began to get the best of him. With tears in his eyes, he thanked me with one of the most genuine “thanks” I have ever received and my emotions began to get the best of me. There we were, two strangers, tearing up because of what we had done for each other. I quickly waved goodbye and jumped into my truck and drove away to save him from seeing how much it affected me.

    I listened to that little voice (by the way, I don’t always do that) and it made all the difference. I hope to continue to do the weekly simple and sometimes easy acts of kindness, but I also want to look for the bigger sacrifices for me. They do make a “bigger difference”, at least for me.

    • Tricia
      November 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      loved your story, made me cry! I am sure you will be blessed in return and what a way to show that veteran how grateful we all should be for his service. Awesome!!

    • Karina
      January 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

      may you be blessed a million times over for your act of kindness. It’s in those moments that are the toughest, that we learn from, especially in this day where we are all struggling economically. To appreciate those who have done so much for us, isn’t done often enough. I am glad you shared.

  37. aly
    November 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Some good (and by good, I mean the very best) friends of mine have been listening to me complain all year about challenges I have been facing. They decided to bring their family over and deliver a small but very personal token of their love for me, and help me get into the Christmas Spirit. I was so touched that they took the time to think of something they could do for me that I would appreciate and tell me how much they care for me. It goes to show that sometimes the most deeply touching things we can do to make each others’ lives better can be small and simple, but profoundly effective. Instead of avoiding me and my complaining, they have embraced me and made my life better. They have inspired me to stop moaning about myself and share my love with others. Hopefully I will take their small spark of love and use it to ignite a fire for good!

  38. Tyler
    December 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Awhile ago, I was with my mom at a donut store and we pulled in and got out of the car. As I opened the door for my mom, an Elderly man walks out holding a box of donuts and a drink. I let him through the door and when my mom went in the store to get donuts, I looked back and saw him having trouble finding his car keys. So I told my mom to order for me, and I went out the door and help the elderly man. I asked if I could hold his drink and donuts while he looks for his keys. He nodded yes, and within a few seconds he found his keys! He unlocked his car and got into it. When he sat down, I handed his drink and donuts right back to him. He thanked me for my kind act of service and he pulled out his wallet. As he was opening it, I told him “Sir, I do not need your money.” He asked one more time if I wanted his money. Replying once again “Thank you Sir for offering me money, but I do not want it. I saw you were struggling to find your keys so I helped you without anyone saying anything.” As I said that, he got a little chocked up and thanked me once again for helping him. He drove off in the distance and I waved goodbye, feeling like I did a good deed.

    A couple of years later, I saw the same man but at Wal-Mart. I proceeded to do the same thing, as i did in the donut store. Chuckling while he closed his door, he rolled down his window and said “I’m guessing you still do not want my money?”
    Looking back, I replied “No Sir. I am just doing a good deed so others can see how nice it was to help someone.”
    “Thanks again” He said while driving off.
    When he got home, I had put the card in one of his bags with my number on a different card. He called me and he said he went to the website and gave the card on to someone else. He felt the same feeling of what I had when I helped him. I hung up the phone and prayed for his safety and peace throughout the rest of his life. I hope the elderly man and others saw what I did so they can do the same.

  39. someone
    December 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

    There is a man in my neighborhood who lost a great job a while back…he has been doing everything it takes to take care of his family. This means taking jobs that are beneath his skill set just to put food on the table. I am grateful for his humility and tremendous example! I was given a $100 gift card from work and was asked to give it to someone I felt needed it. This man and his family popped into mind. Even though it wasn’t my money, it still was a great feeling to be able to help someone else. Also this developed in me a feeling and a desire to serve more. I love it!!

  40. Anonymous
    December 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    After hearing about the story about the gift card for starbucks I decided i was going to do the same type of thing. I made the decision, but I couldnt decide where to go. I finally decided to go to Arby’s in American Fork, UT. When I got there I asked if I could get a $20 gift card with my meal. I was immediately rewarded as they were doing a promotion that gave me a free combo meal if you bought a $20 gift card. I had no Idea that Arby’s was doing this and felt like it was inspiration to go there. Especially since this particular Arby’s was not that close to where I work. I may not ever know what the impact of doing this will be, but I feel good about doing it, and has inspired me to do more of these types of things.
    There have been times in my life where I really needed help financially and hoped that somehow, someway, that things would work out and the money I needed would be there. I hope to be on the other end of that hope one of these days and be the miracle they are praying for.

  41. Kris
    December 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Stopped for a bite to eat for lunch and the young man in front of me kept looking at the time so I knew he was in a hurry. We both got to the register at the same time so I told the clerk I would be paying for his with mine. He looked at me with much surprise and started to hand the girl his debit card. I said “No, I’m paying for yours too.” He said, “Really?” I said “Yes, I saw you were in a hurry so go ahead and go and I’ll pay.” The look on his face was priceless but the gratitude he showed by saying thanks at least 4 times was priceless to me as well. Who got the greatest blessing from this…yep me!

  42. Lizzy
    December 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I was introduced to this awesome pass along service idea when at a choir performance, one of my best friends was listening to me complain about how i was not happy. i didn’t feel happy, i wasn’t feeling much of anything but doubt and heartache. She started naming off all of these wonderful things to be happy about, and completely ignored the fact that i was complaining at all. She sat and listened to me, and didn’t interupt. She gave me multiple hugs, and really brought a smile to my face! I am determined to place kindness at the head of my motives, and make everyone feel as loved as i did!

  43. C. Allen
    January 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I had a beat up grease stained card in my car for a while. I just couldn’t throw it away. But thought to myself “Who’s gonna look at this card and want it?” I can’t give it to anyone. So there it sat in my front car tray for a month or so.
    One day, as I was traveling out of town with my kids in the car, we stopped at McDonald’s to grab a quick bite to eat. I again, glanced at the greasy card when I was reaching for my spare change. I thought- well here’s my chance. Greasy food and a greasy card- I can pass this on, right? So that’s what I did.
    We got to the window, and I payed for my food and told the man at the window I was also paying for the car behind me. I waited for him to hand me the change and then passed the card to him and asked for him to give it to the car behind me, since they were not aware that I picked up their tab. Then I moved forward in the line.
    As I pulled to the next window to wait for our food, I noticed the man look at the card trying to figure out what it was. I was surprised that he instantly figured it out. He knew, just by those simple words what it was and leaned out the window waving the card to me calling out in a loud voice “PAY IT FORWARD, PAY IT FORWARD!!” I put my hand out the window and gave him a thumbs up nod.
    That did it for me. To watch this worker at McDonald’s be SO excited that he was a part of this transaction was wonderful. He hadn’t gotten anything paid for. He was just so happy that He was a witness to it.
    I watched in my rear view mirror as he handed it to the next car in line and saw him explaining what it was. Another thing that was great was that I actually only ended up paying a little over $3 for the car behind me. It wasn’t a large amount of money at all.
    I sighed “go figure” when I was asked to pull forward again and wait for my food to be brought out, as it wasn’t ready. I thought, this car is going to think I’m waiting for them…that’s not what I wanted.
    As the car passed by, my son rolled his window down and the man and woman were so happy to say Thank you. I let them know, we weren’t intentionally waiting for them, but to have a good day and “pass it on” They said “We will, we will. With smiles on their faces, they said Thanks a few more times and were off on their way.
    Another great part of this story was to hear my children’s comments as they watched this simple gesture transpire, and how they were affected by it thought it was “a really nice thing for you to do, Mom”

  44. someone
    January 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I was a the grocery store a few weeks before Christmas. I was in a hurry and grabbing some specific ingredients on my list. As I spent a few minutes in one particular aisle I noticed a group of of about 5 young men, maybe ranging in age from mid teens to early twenties. Clearly there was one making the decisions while being given guff and opinions from the others. This young man in charge, I noticed, was looking intently for *literally* the cheapest and best deals he could on items he could buy that would provide any nourishment at all.
    Our paths crossed for a minute and I exchanged a quick comment of how my children love to eat the same items, and gave a suggestion of an inexpensive protein choice that could go with it.
    I noticed a few minutes later that He had moved down the isle and was picking up multiple cans of the item which I told him about.
    I continued on with my shopping and looped around the store coming back into view of the young men. Still I watched this young man slowly and methodically filling up his card with the cheapest items possible.
    I went to check out and had a card in my wallet. I asked for $20 back. Though still in a hurry, I could not ignore that feeling that THIS was a group of young men, who could use a break. I walked up to the seeming leader of the boys and tapped him on the shoulder. I handed him a card along with the $20 dollar bill. A quick exchange of comments were given and I was off down the aisle. I head a few voices calling from the boys “Thank you, Thank you.”
    I would wager to say that $20 bill nearly gave him an additional few days worth of food for who he was buying it for. To see a man with due diligence in his heart- was an awesome gift for me.

  45. Anonymous from Riverton,UT.United States
    February 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I have not always been blessed in my life with the things I needed, especially growing up.Most people NEVER knew how hard life was for me.Just as we never know how hard life is for others around us,we never know what others are going through. When I came across such a plan of “WHERE MUCH IS GIVEN” idea,to pass along a card and an act of kindness,to make someones day a bit brighter,in such a simple way that could possibly impact someones life forever,I knew I wanted the cards.We just never know who might be having a hard time.
    A friend called me tonight and asked if I wanted to go to dinner.Of course I said yes, anything to be with a great friend.We ended up at a really great soup and sandwich shop.We got our meal and were visiting.Out of the corner of my eye I saw a lady order her food.She was alone and appeared to be ordering not just for herself, but for someone else too.She ordered it to go.As she waited for her order I glanced at her a few times.She didn’t appear to be sad,unhappy or having a bad day. In fact everything APPEARED to be fine from the outside. Isn’t that how we all are on some days,we appear ok on the outside but maybe not so ok on the inside.We all have hard times,bad days,struggles and challenges in life. Its not always written all over our face. In fact, we never really know what others are going through and no one has a perfect life,life is hard.I am not really looking for the person with the obvious problems tonight,just the everyday person that APPEARS to be fine.I picked her out one of the beautiful gift baskets this restaurant has put together for Valentines.I then walked over to where she waited.I handed her the gift basket and the card “Where Much Is Given” and said,”I saw this beautiful basket and would like to give it to you,I would like to do something for you today to brighten up your day.” She appeared to be confused as though I wasn’t talking to her.I then placed the basket in her hand.She looked at me, and with a very big smile said “Thank you…thank you so much.
    I will never really know what kind of day she was having,but what I do know is,I put a smile on her face and a thought in her mind “YOUR TURN”.If we were always thinking of others and sharing random acts of kindness throughout our day to complete strangers, imagine how kind everyone would be to each other.Always thinking of others first,selfless.She walked out with one of the most beautiful gift baskets..I walked out with much more,something money cant buy.

  46. Karen H
    February 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

    A fellow we know has been going thru chemo and so I made him a hat to wear and sent a card along with it. 🙂

  47. Dana
    March 9, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I carried the card around for days and had many opportunities. I kept talking myself out of each opportunity in my head. I did feel as though someone would say no thank you or make it weird. I finally over came it and found someone I just couldn’t turn down. My heart was beating but I told them I felt I needed to do something nice for them. I gave them the gift and the card. I felt amazing that whole day and I was proud of myself as well. I helped two people. A complete stranger and myself.

  48. Ramon
    March 9, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I had a wonderful time looking for a way to distribute the card. I actually received it from a family member last week. It is a fun idea and an great way to help me do something nice. I saw to service men standing in line to buy lunch. I thanked them for what they do in dedicating their time. The great thing is they don’t have to buy anything for someone else. They can find other ways to keep the card moving. I will do this again for sure. Makes you feel good.

  49. MG
    March 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Just a loaf of bread?

    My wife and I have been blessed with one wonderful child but have struggled for a number of years to bring another child into our family. For anybody (and there are many) who has experienced a similar challenge you know that this type of journey is full of many ups and downs. One common feeling that one experiences is a feeling of being completely forsaken and forgotten by our Creator. During one such period of time of loneliness and loss my wife and I received a knock on our door. There at the door was a lady who lived in our neighborhood and in her hand was a loaf of freshly baked french bread. She said she had been thinking about us and wanted to let us know that and that we were in her thoughts and prayers. My wife thanked her for the bread and the two spoke for just another minute. My wife closed the door and turned towards the kitchen already with tears in her eyes. She placed the bread on the counter and we just hugged one another and cried. We knew we had not been forgotten, we were not alone, and our Creator was very mindful of us. As I bit into that fresh hot bread I thought no morsel of food has ever brought such comfort. It not only warmed my stomach but it warmed my heart and soul. Months later I worked up the courage to present baked goods of my own to people I had been thinking about. I know the baked goods did not taste as good as the bread but I hope they were received in the same spirit that that loaf of bread was received.

  50. ern s.
    March 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    went to a MIG event where the concept was introduced and those cards were burning a hole in my pocket…so on the way home we paid for the person behind us in the drive-thru line and asked the cashier to give them the card. can’t wait to see what other opportunities the cards will bring!

  51. Debbie
    April 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I was invited to give the card away by someone I knew. It was difficult for me but I saw two service men standing in line to buy dinner. I walked up to them and handed them some money and told them I’d like to buy them dinner. I handed them the card and turned and ran away. My heart was racing. After I left I felt so good. I don’t know what they thought but I felt so good. I overcame my fear and hopefully inspired another.

  52. Jason
    April 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Our family made some delicious treats and by family, I mean my wife. Our kids decided on a family they wanted to drop them off for. We attached the card to see if they will keep it going in our neighborhood. Our kids loved it. Great for a Monday night.

  53. Spencer
    April 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Driving home today from work when my car started making strange noises. I pulled over to find out my tire was flat. “No biggie”, I thought. I have changed several tires and do most of my own automotive work. I jacked my car and pulled the lug nuts off. Turns out, even with my tire unbolted from the car the tire would not come off — it was rusted on. I attempted to kick, beat and pry the tire off. No luck.

    My mobile phone battery was dead. I had a friend from out of town, meeting me at home for dinner.

    Just then the nicest man pulled up in a giant white truck. He asked what I needed. I explained the situation. He also attempted to free the tire. No luck. He left and went and got some tools and came back. With the tools, we were able to free the tire and put my spare on. Without saying anything he hopped back into his truck. I quickly yelled out “hey man, I owe you”. As I was reaching for my wallet he pulled out his and handed me this card. “Wheremuchisgiven.com”. As he hopped back in his truck he called out, “look it up!” and drove off.

    Standing there on the side of the busy freeway I flipped the card over… “YOUR TURN”. I was touched by such a simple selfless act of a stranger. It was a warm light in what seems to be a dark world.

    Spencer C.

  54. John
    April 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    This is terrific. I am anxious to get my family involved. I went to lunch today at In and Out Burger and when I got to the window to pay I was told that my order had already been paid for and was given a card for my turn. Made my day.

  55. Aimee
    May 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I love the message behind this. I was having a rough day and went to the school library and a friend of mine was working on a school project. I have the same class as him and we were both assigned this same project. The name of the assignment was ‘Make a Difference.’ My friend chose wheremuchisgiven as his project. He was given the card a few months ago at his work as a customer paid for the order behind him. He gave the card to me and I looked into it. No matter how rough of a day mine may have been, I always have the opportunity to improve the life of someone else. Everything I do or say has the potential to affect someone else for the better. I want what I do and say to fulfill that potential to the best of its abilities. I feel as if supporting this cause and handing out these cards, it’s something pretty extraordinary and I’d like to be a part of it. Who knows, we could change the world, one card at a time.

  56. Jennifer
    May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I was at Costco today with my one and two year old toddlers. My one year old always tries to climb out of the cart so I had her in one arm and was pulling my cart full of groceries with my other toddler in it. As I finally reached my car a nice man said “Can I help you?”, I replied “No I’m ok, but thank you.” He smiled and said “You really have your hands full, open your car and I’ll unload your cart for you.” I accepted his sweet offer. Just as I got one baby safe in her carseat and went to my cart for the other one, my toddler in the cart had picked up a smoothie and dumped it all over the cart. The man looked at me, smiled and said “At least it wasn’t in the car” Ha Ha! He then handed me the card and said “look this up.” What a great experience! Thank you for doing such a wonderful project in this world of chaos:)

  57. HEIDI
    June 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

    ME AND MY MOM STOPPED AT MCDONALDS A COUPLE WEEKS BACK AND WERE WAITING TO PAY, WE GOT UP TO THE WINDOW MY MOM HELD OUT HER DEBIT CARD AND THE EMPLOYEE LOOKED AT HER AND REPLIED “THE LADY..” MY MOM JUST WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD AND AGAIN TRIED HANDING THE CARD TO PAY FOR OUR FOOD. THEN AGAIN THE EMPLOYEE REPLIED “YOU HAD THE TOTAL OF $7.86 RIGHT?” MY MOM REPLIED “YES”…EMPLOYEE: “IT HAS ALREADY BEEN TAKEN CARE OF FOR YOU AND I WAS ASKED TO GIVE YOU THIS CARD” MY MOM SMILED AND SAID “OH WOW WELL THANK YOU…”
    AS WE DROVE AWAY I BEGAN TO TEAR UP KNOWING THAT THERE ARE STILL GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE ON BOARD WITH SUCH AN AMAZING WAY TO GIVE BACK, THOUGH THE AMOUNT WAS SMALL IT MADE ME AND MY MOM’S DAY KNOWING WE WERE THE ONES PICKED THAT DAY! NOW I AM SO EXCITED TO BE RECIEVEING MY CARDS TO CONTINUE WITH “MY TURN”

  58. Joni
    August 24, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I have spent today packing to leave for the GOP National Convention in Tampa and figuring out how to put the 5000 cards I requested in my luggage. This is such a worthy cause that I plan to find a team from every state as I travel who will distribute cards and recruit good deed doers in their state. I haven’t even left and already have made contacts in a few states who are eagerly awaiting their envelope of 100 cards! I believe we are all instruments in the Lords hands and work as his angels on this Earth to help answer the prayers sent to him. We just need to live our lives in a manner that we are receptive to the promptings to help those around us. Isaiah wrote that being charitable will help us to feel “as a watered garden.” How fresh, how happy, how positive! I hope these make it to 5000 good deeds that re-replicate, let’s change the world!

  59. Jen
    December 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    My heart is overflowing with love, gratitude and appreciation right now. When my daughter and I came home tonight, there was something left on our doorstep. We came inside, opened it up and I couldn’t believe what I was staring at. That’s when the sobbing started.

    To the person, or people responsible for this, I want you to know how grateful we are for the immense act of generosity and selflessness you have shown to our little family, and that means the world to me. I don’t know how I will ever be able to thank you enough for what you have done and how much it means to us.

    I have never thought I was worth a sliver of the magnitude of this random act of kindness, and you have shown us what the true meaning of Christmas is really about. You are my angel, coming at a time when I have been struggling with all aspects of my life, and this has reminded me that there are people in the world that care about me and my amazing daughter more than I ever thought was possible. You have gone above and beyond and we are forever indebted to you.

    My greatest wish is that you and your family have a wonderful Merry Christmas, and please know that we love you, we will never forget, and we will most certainly pay it forward.

  60. First Last
    February 5, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Some guy asked me my religion then talked to me after my job for 20 minutes. A tragic story about how his dying mother was 1000 miles away and he had been robbed his ticket and money (even showed me the wounds). He hadn’t seen his mom and years and needed to catch the next train. Without me saying anything he said he hadn’t eaten in days because every penny was going to the train. He proceeded to say he needed $28 to catch the next train. I looked in my wallet and had $30 bucks. Barely enough to pay the rest and give him a few dollars for food. A great way to help someone else. Even if it was all a lie, it was obvious he needed money regardless which made it worth.

    • Catherine
      December 15, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story! I know that man is grateful to have been able to see his mother again! I’m glad you had $30.00 and I’m glad it could make such an impact on someone! Thank you for helping him and inspiring me to help others!

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