As an educator, I do not make the most fabulous salary in the world. There have been times that I was worried about how groceries were going to fit into our budget. However, through prayer and the good grace of others, I have always made it by. It seemed like when I was at my lowest, there was always that surprise of a nice act, someone just "paying it forward" that has literally saved the day.
Now that things have been improving for my family and I, when possible for us to Pay it Forward, we do it.
A family that is very near and dear to our heart has been going through some major family struggles. The father of four children, who is only in his young 40s, had to have his second open heart surgery in as many years. Sepsis from kidney dialysis(that he has done for over 10 years), affected his heart and he had to have all of his valves replaced. This required him to spend a lengthy amount of time in a hospital far from home. His wife had to miss a lot of work and I can only imagine how tight their finances must be.
When learning about this campaign for a second year, and then learning I was accepted, I KNEW who the supplies had to go to. Their youngest is heading into 5th grade and they had been unable to get his school supplies.
Now, I know we were only supplied with $25, but we wanted to "Pay it Forward" and just bought everything that was on his school list.