These words started it all…


Pay It Forward was one boy's idea that sparked a movement. 

Established in September of 2000, the Pay It Forward Foundation was established by Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of the inspirational novel Pay It Forward, as a way to inspire a movement of people, all around the world, to show acts of kindness for others. 

The Pay It Forward Foundation is a 501 c 3 charitable organization. Your financial gifts to support our work are tax deductible. 
Our primary work is encouraging and inspiring acts of kindness, as well as providing copies of the Young Readers Edition of Pay It Forward for use in schools and other learning environments. 

What will you do to Pay It Forward and start a ripple effect of good deeds?  Show your support and commitment to the movement by wearing the official Pay It Forward bracelet. Order yours today! 


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  • commented 2015-05-05 00:35:18 -0500 · Flag
    I am sick with upper respiratory problems because of my house has water damage rotten cabinet and now no plumbing under the sink …buckets…i need help it is infested with bugs because of the water I can’t get well and we are clean people and the roaches are going to get me out someone in Jesus name…help…
  • commented 2015-05-05 00:27:28 -0500 · Flag
    Joellen marino
  • commented 2015-05-04 20:40:25 -0500 · Flag
    Hi, my name is samara Hite and I am on here because my fiancé and I have decided to become foster parents for medical babies! Our children are older so we have to start from scratch. We are in need of 2 state standard cribs (my caseworker will inspect it) a play pen, two bouncy chairs, two high chairs and two strollers as well as any baby clothes from newborn to 2Ts and toys. We are currently putting in an offer for our first home to begin this process :) Thank you and God Bless!
    (not sure how this works, I’m new.) :-)
  • commented 2015-05-04 15:33:07 -0500 · Flag
    My Name Is Jeff Johnson,I’m Married !! In 2013 I was Diagnosed w/ Liver Cancer-Subsequently Learning I Was Also Told About Stage 3 Cirrhosis Too !! I’m Waiting For My Disability, & AM Currently Waiting For My (LANDLADY)To Evict Us We Owe$625.00 & Have only $200.00 ! Her Name Is Karen Duncan-We Live At 3912 PINE AVE .HUNTSVILLE,AL 35805 $ She Lives In Town!! If ANYONE CAN & WANTS To HELP!! Make Checks Out To My (LANDLADY) MS,.Karen Ducan at 101 Bibb Rd,Hsv,Al,35801
  • commented 2015-04-30 08:48:03 -0500 · Flag
    Greetings, my name is Tish Smith and I am founder of You Help A Life, You Save A Life. It’s a foundation where I go around Washington D.C., Fredericksburg VA, Richmond VA, and Portsmouth VA feeding and clothing homeless people. I sell t-shirts, sweatshirts, and wristbands to help raise the money for the food that I cook and the Restaurants I order from (Jimmy Johns subs, McDonald’s, Chic-fil-a, Dominos). God has truly blessed me to be a blessing to others. I just need more help with donations. in D.C. I feed between 70-100 people and like Jesus and the 5,000 he fed God allows the little I supply and makes it more than is needed. Help me help them. You can contact me at YHALYSAL15@YAHOO or Yhal Ysal at Facebook. God bless.
  • commented 2015-04-29 20:59:15 -0500 · Flag
    I think some of the people on here are missing the point.
    You don’t get to ask someone to “Pay it forward” to you.
    The person has to find a reason to “Pay if forward” to you without being asked..
  • commented 2015-04-29 17:06:13 -0500 · Flag
    this is for my daughter who is 13 and type 1 diabetic
  • commented 2015-04-29 14:21:49 -0500 · Flag
    Hello my name is Bridget Pillsbury I have a 24 year old son name Dustyn Pillsbury he has just been recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Although throughout his life he always needed special attention at home and at school he has always kept a smile on his face, Since Dustyn has found out about his new medical condition he has put on an even bigger smile. He still look forward to going to college and becoming a teacher and even though he knows that a little far fetched right now i want let him give up and he want give up on his self either. our family really need the support of the United States Of America so therefore, my son can follow through with his dreams and become a teacher even its just for a little while at least he will be able to say he made it. I know that dreams can come true if you pray and ask you shall recieve and God put it in my heart to get on this site and tell the world my story about a special man that deserves the world and that my son Dustyn. So please help us through time of need so my Son can see things he has never seen and get to experience life as a normal adult just for a moment in time thanks for all your support
  • commented 2015-04-29 13:54:50 -0500 · Flag
    Hello my name is Bridget I have a 24 year old son that has just been recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He has kept a smile on his face since he was born and even a bigger smile on his face since he found out that things will not by be the same as his life continues. A
  • commented 2015-04-29 13:54:49 -0500 · Flag
    Hello my name is Bridget I have a 24 year old son that has just been recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He has kept a smile on his face since he was born and even a bigger smile on his face since he found out that things will not by be the same as his life continues. A
  • commented 2015-04-29 13:54:48 -0500 · Flag
    Hello my name is Bridget I have a 24 year old son that has just been recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He has kept a smile on his face since he was born and even a bigger smile on his face since he found out that things will not by be the same as his life continues. A
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-28 23:51:55 -0500
    Home (revised)
  • commented 2015-04-28 16:47:18 -0500 · Flag
    Looking for a small bit of help until I receive my Widow’s Benefits from SS. My phone is currently out of service and I have been looking for a job, but am now facing repossession of my 2001 Passat. Sometimes you don’t realize how quickly things can change in your life but you keep pushing forward as there are people who are in need more than yourself. I am looking only for enough to get me through until May 13th and I would be eternally grateful for whatever anyone can do to help me. If you would like to contact me my email is:
    Thank You and God’s Blessings
  • commented 2015-04-28 15:05:03 -0500 · Flag
    Hi All, I see this homeless young man on the street, he collects bottles & survives with the money he gets from those. I have been seeing him for last 5-6 years, he sleeps in the park in winter & summer. I tried to give him some money a few days ago on my husbands birthday, which he denied saying “I dont beg”. I wonder if anyone looking this can offer him a job, that may help me make a better life for himself. He is a tall white guy, can usually be found at the park close to queen center mall on woodheaven blvd. I am not capable to helping him with a job, but may be someone out there can, so just wanted to spread the word. Thanks !
  • commented 2015-04-28 14:34:28 -0500 · Flag
    in need of a place to live for my family (2 adults 2 toddlers 1 infant) we are currently not able to pay out any income because we are always going from place to place to live and there is no saving up because when we pay people we live with they either take all our money and little later ask us to leave or we lose job opportunities due to having to leave, its just one thing after another please help us My email is and my name is susan graham
  • commented 2015-04-28 10:22:09 -0500 · Flag
    Fotini Christopher
  • commented 2015-04-27 10:45:20 -0500 · Flag
    Many of you are mentioning GoFundMe. Let me “Pay It Forward” with this tip. Every crowdfunding site I’ve found, including GOFundMe, charges for their services. If you are the recipient, they’re taking your money. If you are a donor, the $10 you intend to give does not all go to the person or cause you want it to go to. But I have found one site which is different! is free because it is supported by people, apparently especially one, who want to do this. You are welcome to support if you wish, but it is never a part of their business plan.

    So if you need to raise money…or if you are looking for a place to pay it forward…go to You will be glad you did!

    Now “Pay It Forward,” and share this tip everywhere you can!
  • commented 2015-04-27 07:40:10 -0500 · Flag
    Dear friends and pastors, Praise the Lord! My name is William Masih native of India.

    With due respect and humble submission, I beg to lay the following lines before you for your kind and favourable consideration. I am a student of class eleven. I was born and grown up in a very poor christian family . I have two sisters too three of us are studying in the school . My father finds it extremely difficulty to meet with all our demands. I therefore request you all humbly kindly to pray for me, my family members and provide scholarships for me and for my sisters we are in need of at least $100 per month to pay our school fees. I do hope for a favourable decision. Please contact me at : Thank you! Sincerely – William Masih
  • followed this page 2015-04-27 07:21:53 -0500
  • commented 2015-04-27 02:22:02 -0500 · Flag
    In need of help to build back up. I’m not one to ask for help but I’ve fallen on hard times. If there’s anyone who knows of anywhere that will help with a security deposit or first month’s rent in northwest Indiana please let me know. I lost my last house because the guy who claimed to own it did not own it. Now I’m waiting on court because they refuse to pay me back the money I just put out for that house. Anything and everything is appreciated!! Thanks in advance.

    Ashley N.
  • commented 2015-04-26 20:07:29 -0500 · Flag
    I would love to do what my daughter did she gathered people to make out and passout sandwiches to the poor. Thats one idea i also thought helping or adopting a family or a few who r starting over again after getting out of a domestic violent relationship n help w support n needs whether its food cards to donate furniture n appliances there starting over again. Lov u thoughts n ideas.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-25 12:14:08 -0500
    Home (revised)
  • commented 2015-04-25 01:16:52 -0500 · Flag
    Single parent of two boys that mean the world to me and I’m trying to raise money for the boys for summer camp this summer and financial just can’t get it, they have been through a lot and they deserve it any help would be appreciated you can find my link on my Facebook page or go fund me any help would be greatly appreciated
  • commented 2015-04-24 19:09:40 -0500 · Flag
    I am an ex volunteer firefighter with a background in police and security work. I broke my neck in 3 places in 1987. I continued to work with nerve damage in my hands and feet until 5 years ago when I tore my L7,S1 in my lower back. I often have to walk with a cane just to be mobile because of the pressure on my sciatic nerve. I owe past-due taxes on my home and have to beg friends to pay monthly bills. I am able to drive, but have no vehicle and thus, I can only go when it is convenient for others. I dedicated most of my life to community service, now I pray that the community will find it in their heart to help me, while I continue to fight for my disability. Any amonut that you can help with would be a tremendous bblessing. Thank you and God bless!
  • commented 2015-04-24 16:06:56 -0500 · Flag
    Hi my name is Sara and I am not sure really what to say. I have a bearded dragon named Zena and she is my childrens and i reptile baby. We came home from a long walk to the store just to find she was still sitting in her water bowl as if she was getting a drink. I thought to myself that’s an awfully long drink….opened her cage and picked her up. A long line of mucus was streaming out of her mouth. I knew immediately something wasn’t right. I sat her down and noticed her breathing was very abnormal. Just isn’t herself. I called the animal hospital and they told me that I would need to come in with a full first time visit payment just for her to get a check. This isn’t including antibiotics or whatever else she may need. I unfortanetly don’t even have the first time payment of $50.00. Bills had to be paid and im lucky to have enough to feed my family til next pay day. It kills me. They told me that if not seen she could eventually get so bad she’ll reach her breaking point and pass over. I know this animal may seem like a lizard to some but to my 3 children and I she’s our pet. We adopted her from a friend who just couldn’t afford her anymore. We have had for almost a year now (also I know not a long time period) but she’s our family pet. She’s the one who rides in the car chilling on our shoulder. She’s the one who listens when things are going wrong and won’t argue back. She’s the one we watch movies with on our lap just like your family dog or cat. She’s the one who sleeps on car seat on my 9 month old daughter like she’s gaurding her like your gaurd dog would. She’s our reptile baby. If anyone knows of any home remedies or even a vet that will take a payment plan. Anything will help. Until I can figure out something I will just give her a relaxing and easy as can be passing over the rainbow bridge.
  • commented 2015-04-23 14:44:22 -0500 · Flag
    My family is trying to get back home 2500kms away. We have had a very tough 2yrs and we need the support of family, friends and doctors. Please share our go fund me page at
  • commented 2015-04-21 14:34:23 -0500 · Flag
    Needing help
  • commented 2015-04-21 13:45:51 -0500 · Flag
    I have lost my job and am in dire need of food. I have a dog but she keeps me going. I don’t have much support. My history consists of finding my ex-husbaND committed suicide. It has broke me in ways I have never seen. Pray I can find a job but right now I’m hungry and lonely. I feel alone. I feel I let God down because I couldn’t save him. I don’t know where to go.
  • commented 2015-04-19 14:11:18 -0500 · Flag
    just left a very abusive relationship and left everything behind starting out brand new with my 3 kids want to be a positive influence on them. trying to go back to school look for work a place to live.i want to show my kids that we can turn a negative into a positive.i live in anchorage ak please not sure quite what I’m asking for but any thing would help thank you n god bless
  • commented 2015-04-17 22:18:00 -0500 · Flag
    My dear sister passed away from a long battle with breast cancer.She has one son and we were the only family she had.
    I am desperately trying to get to Naples from St.Petersburg to arrange her funeral and to get my nephew.If I cant get him here he will go to foster care.
    If anyone can bless me to help me get the funds to go to Naples we will be blessed.
    it is going to cost $1250 for travel and cremation service.
    you can contact me threw facebook abby mandlow or email me at
    Thank you and God bless

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