Pay It Forward Ideas – Story 5 by Colleen

December 21, 2013

This story is part of the Pay It Forward series.
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When Jim first presented the program, I had many thoughts rush to my head—donate to a school; donate to one of the non-profits I volunteer with, donate to a shelter downtown. I decided to sit on it for a while and think it over.

layaway-angel-2Finally, it hit me. Years ago I read about people they call “angels” who go into a store and anonymously pay off someone’s lay away account. I have always wanted to do that, but for one reason or another, have never gotten around to it. So finally, with your “Pay it forward” program as my inspiration, I went to Big K-Mart here in Beaverton and paid down two lay away accounts. They don’t let you pay the account off completely, because once it is entirely paid off, it no longer exists in the system and there would be no way to track the customer’s items. So, I was allowed to pay off everything, but .01.  The team at the store was great. One of the staff members looked through the lay away accounts and found two that had a lot of children’s items—clothing, toys, etc. I paid $156.92 on one and $131.65 on the other.

Working in the customer service field, we talk about things like hidden factors—the goings on in each of our lives that determine the way we behave day in and day out. I will never know who it was that I gave these gifts to, but my hope is that the gift I was able to give, with your help, acts as a positive “hidden factor” in each of their lives.

I’m grateful for this opportunity.

-Colleen

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