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Pay It Forward Stories 2013

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Operating Santa Claus“Operation Santa Clause is collaboration between KPAM radio host Bob Miller of Oregon and The Salvation Army. Each year during Christmas, Bob asks his listeners to donate money for Operation Santa Clause. This money helps provide for the needs of our military and their families. From Christmas toys and food, to rent payments, to replacing a blown transmission, Operation Santa Clause gives real support to our troops. The Salvation Army works with the chaplains and family service coordinators within the military. This program is designed to specifically help those who have been deployed and their families. Once the referral is made, The Salvation Army can step in. Their unique brand of practical, emotional and spiritual help offers military families the encouragement that they need to keep the home front strong until their loved one comes home.”

Christina Chapman

Cause: Operation Santa Claus

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animeals-pix“The Pay It Forward program is such a wonderful way to give back to the local community. I gave much thought to where I wanted to help and finally decided to give my card to AniMeals. I am a big supporter of rescue animals and AniMeals is a no-kill shelter, but beyond rescue they are so much more. As their mission statement notes “The mission of AniMeals is to save the hungry, the helpless, the lost and the little ones just struggling to survive; to house and feed as many animals as possible; to ease the suffering of the weak and unloved; to build a no-kill community and realize the achievement of a no-kill nation.”

Joni Jo Uhe

Cause: AniMeals

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“This is the second year that I have been privileged to be able to give a donation in the name of the DPW Foundation. Two days after receiving the card as I was pondering where it would best be used, I learned of a young woman in my hometown that had a recent tragedy. She is a single mother of 3 kids whose house and all of their belongings were destroyed in a fire. I was able to contact her mother through a friend of mine. The mother Chris Evans was trying to start a fund for her daughter and grandchildren so that they could try to pick up the pieces of their life. I felt that this is what giving is all about and gladly met with her mother to donate the card for clothes and basic necessities for her loved ones. I wish them well as they strive to move forward past this terrible event.”

David Hardy

Cause: A family in need

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“I donated the Pay-It-Forward card the the Stevensville Volunteer Fire Department. Our fire department is all trained volunteers from our community who donate their time to responding and ensuring the safety and needs of our community with limited funds. Thank you for your generous support of the Stevensville Volunteer Fire Department with your Pay-It-Forward program! With the funds granted, we were able to purchase a firefighter gear dryer. The dryer will quickly and safely dry the firefighting turnout gear that our volunteer firefighters wear to protect them from the dangerous hazards of firefighting. Before we had the gear dryer, it would take 24 to 48 hours to completely clean and dry a set of gear. Now it will only take about 2 hours to return a set of gear to service. This will save our department and community volunteer’s time and money by keeping our expensive gear clean and in good working condition in a timely manner. Thank you again for this opportunity.” -Stevensvile Fighters. After a fire the turn around time for cleaning all the gear was 3-4 weeks, now it’s 3-4 days.”

Melissa Schnee

Cause: Stevensville Volunteer Fire Department

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“I gave my card to a local home builder that has been diagnosed with cancer. It’s such a devastating thing, both emotionally and financially. This was greatly appreciated by the family.”

Cayce Jones

Cause: A family in need

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“The pay it forward card was donated to a family in need in Saginaw, Michigan. The father is undergoing medical treatment for stage four lymphoma. The donation will be utilized to assist with medical and personnel expenses.”

Aaron Demand

Cause: A family in need

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“I donated the gift card to a local organization that helps families when they need it most. Here’s a story of how SARC really has helped people out. Two years ago our agency, The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC), was connected to family that was just experiencing a disclosure from their nine-year-old daughter. The nine-year old disclosed that her biological father had been sexually abusing her. Her mother brought her into our agency for a forensic interview as part of the police investigation. The girl made a very creditable disclose about enduring the sexual abuse by her father while he was under the influence of a drug called “spice”. Soon after the interview the father was arrested, incarcerated, and charged with child rape. While he was incarcerated he ended up committing suicide within the Benton County Jail. The family members consisted of the mother, the nine-year old, and an older brother each of them dealing with this horrific situation. The family was connected to advocacy services and on-site counseling right away. They were also connected to grief services to deal with the death of the father. After an intensive year of weekly services at our agency, the nine-year old (who is now eleven) was transferred for continued long-term counseling with a private practice counselor and her mother is also seeing a private practice counselor. Now it has been almost 3 years since everything happened. The mother of the almost twelve year old girl just completed the training to become a volunteer advocate for our agency and she is responding to crisis line calls after hours and to hospital calls for sexual assault cases. Last month, I met with the mother and the daughter about the girls passion about speaking out about her abuse. She is now going to a variety of places (with support) and telling her story in the hopes that it will help other children. Part of her story includes her gratitude for our services because she wouldn’t be where she is now if it wasn’t for SARC. They are an amazing family who is now taking their tragedy and using it to help others. It is truly an amazing experience to continue working with the family and witnessing their transformation.

Andrew Simmons

Cause: The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC)

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“I was so excited to receive the $500 gift card! I immediately contact the Benton City food bank and asked them what they needed. Steve (from the food bank) told me they serve so many senior citizens there that they had a real need for some “single serving” type food stuff. So, my daughter and I went shopping and filled two carts full of food. We delivered it the next day to a very grateful food bank. It really feels good to help out and it is important to remember that food banks provide a service all year round!”

Margo Abbott

Cause: Benton City Food Bank

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“I donated my giving card to Lowell & Tami Hochhalter with F.R.E.E International. FREE stands for Find, Rescue, Embrace, and Empower. More than 1 Million children worldwide will become victims of child trafficking this year! FREE International is working to locate, nurture, develop, and network various forms of safe housing to be used for the aftercare and restoration of those who have been enslaved. Lowell & Tami are dedicated to this mission and put their heart & soul into finding these kids.”

April LaRocque

Cause: F.R.E.E International

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“My wife and I have a friend that works at a veterinary clinic. The friend started a nonprofit for assisting people with veterinary bills. Was advised that the money we donated went to a 89 year old man who’s dog had cancer and was not treatable but medication was available to make the dog comfortable to live at home with the man for the short time the dog had left. Without this money the dog would have either been put down and devastated the man or the dog would have suffered greatly. Now with the medication the man can enjoy and prepare for the dogs departure.”

Zachary Sedgwick

Cause: Man’s dog

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“We would like to thank you for the Pay It Forward Program which Jason Nelson received and in return gave it to us. It made our trip to Washington (UW) a lot less stressful, paying for our gas and lodging. The heart procedure which I had is fairly new, everything went well. I hope in the future we are able to Pay It Forward for someone in need one way or another. Thank you. – Dave & Judy Nelson”

Bill Crandall

Cause: A family in need

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“I used my Pay It Forward card to buy raffle items for the Princess Ball. Each year Josh and Candy Faith hold a Princess Ball in honor of their daughter Valicity who passed away at 3 years old with cancer. Each year they pick a different charity to donate 100% of the money to. This year they donated the money to the Ronald McDonald House of Montana.”

Dave Slack

Cause: Princess Ball

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“I looked for a family who was really struggling with the economy and raising children. I found Lora and Donnie with two Children Maddie and Ethan. They like most kids are trying to do good in school and participate in Sports. Lora works for a non profit organization helping adults find jobs and Donnie is enrolling in a Diesel Tech. school. They have to watch every penny they spend and were very happy to receive the pay it forward card. I even through in a little extra for the Kids sports programs. Thank You. This is a great program.”

Jim Stevens

Cause: A family in need

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Bobby and Emilee“Every year I try to find a family that I know is really struggling and could use the extra money. My goal is always to give it to someone personal, not an organization. I feel sometimes they need it more. This year I gave it to a young married couple who is expecting a child next month. They just had to get government help and are really struggling financially. Thank you for allowing us the chance to give these cards out! I know they really do make a difference. I’ve seen it first hand.”

Sarah Peterson

Cause: A young married couple

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“I used my card at a fundraiser for a hospice this is part of the news article for the event. A Local Non-Profit Raises Money for Hospice Care. Hospice Visions is a non–profit organization with a very special mission. “Our mission is to not only care for people with a limited life expectancy, but provide end of life education to everyone in our community,” said Slater. The fundraiser Saturday night was to raise money for their “Visions of Home.” “We through fundraising are able to scholarship people at our hospice home if they’re not able to stay at home,” said Slater. The home is also used as an educational facility. It’s a place where family members can learn to care for their loved ones. “The hospice, if we’re in the end of life chapter…hospice is the best thing. It really is,” said Kemp.”

Doug Johnson

Cause: Hospice Visions

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National Marrow Donor Program“I elected to donate my 2013 Pay It Forward to the National Marrow Donor Program. Two years ago, my son Tyler was notified that his bone marrow was a match to a 13 year boy that had been diagnosed with Leukemia. He went through five months of inpatient treatment, but relapsed and was forced to go through four more months of treatment. I accompanied Tyler to Denver in December so he could donate his marrow. Tyler was given updates on the boy’s progress, but it was not until a year later that he would find out that the recipient was Dylan Price, a 15 year old boy from Greensboro, NC and is now cancer free. He and Dylan then began corresponding through email. Dylan through his treatment he continued to progress through the ranks in the Boy Scouts and decided there was no better project to do than to pay it forward. He decided to organize a bone marrow drive to help register people to the Bone Marrow Database at the UNC Chapel Hill Campus on February 7th. Dylan and his family invited Tyler to come to North Carolina for the Drive. The meeting was an emotional event for Tyler, Dylan and his family. In addition to the very successful Donor Drive, they were able to spend some great bonding time, enjoying the Greensboro area, even fitting in a hike in the Appalachians. Dylan and his family are planning to visit Montana this summer. After being so closely involved in this live saving program, I truly felt that this was the program that I would have to support with the wonderful donation from the Washington Foundation.”

Chris M. Johnson

Cause: National Marrow Donor Program

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mares956web1“This year I have chosen to give my pay it forward card to Western Montana Equine Rescue and Rehabiltiation off Corvallis MT. The pay it forward card was used for vet expenses in caring for and the upkeep of the rescue horses. The horse that was helped this year was a rescue filly still with her mom that had come in with strangles a very contagious disease. The bacteria typically infects the upper airway and lymph nodes of the head and neck of the horse. The filly required extensive vet services to help her overcome the disease. The filly is on her way to recovery and will be able to be adopted with out further complications.”

Kim Swanson

Cause: Western Montana Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation

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“I spent a lot if time looking into different options for using this gift card. I had made up my mind to give it to our local KidsSports foundation that was struggling to raise money for a neighborhood project. In passing one Sunday morning at church, I met a man who was struggling to contain his five kids who were all waiting in line for hot chocolate. We briefly spoke about some light topics – nothing very personal. I spoke with our pastor several minutes later and learned that this man was raising his five kids alone, as his wife had fallen into drug use and left them all several months before. When she left, she took all their savings. Days after this, this man was let go from his job of 10 years. He had not found steady work since then. The church had been helping with some of their basic needs, but they were struggling with groceries and school supplies. I knew immediately that I had to help and I had been given the opportunity to do just that. I had the giving card in my pocket that morning and I ran to the parking lot and flagged the family down as they were leaving. When I explained the giving program and offered the card to the father, he broke down in tears. It was one of the most meaningful moments I have experienced in being able to meet some tangible needs of a family on the brink of hopelessness. The family was so excited as their next stop was Walmart for some groceries and school supplies and the gas to get there! Thank you to the Foundation for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who cross our path daily.”

Sean Chalette

Cause: A family in need

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“I chose to donate to Energy Share of Montana which helps those in Montana that are unable to meet their monthly energy bill obligation. “Energy Share of Montana’s primary purpose is to help Montanans faced with energy emergencies meet their needs and move towards self-reliance. Since its inception in 1982 Energy Share has distributed 14.4 million dollars in energy assistance to more than 44,000 families.” One of the chief ways they help people is with their heating bills. They also administer two programs funded by Energy West and MDU for their customers who have unsafe furnaces or water heaters. They have the appliance examined and either repair it if possible, or replace it if necessary. Energy West funds the winterization program for their customers to maximize energy savings by performing cost-effective weatherization measures in the homes of qualifying Energy West customers. One hundred percent of private donations are used to help Montanans who are facing energy emergencies.”

Lorna Pettigrew

Cause: Energy Share of Montana

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Tori Colwell“Family and friends of Tori Colwell are uniting to raise money to help with costs for her past and upcoming heart surgery. Imagine being seven and a half months pregnant, going to bed like any other normal night, and waking up ready to give birth within minutes. That is how Victoria chose to enter this world, fast, furious, and unexpectedly. Since that moment over six years ago, life has never been calm. Tori, as she likes to be called, is a beautiful red haired elfin faced six year old girl. She has been through more surgeries than most of us could ever imagine, and unfortunately for her, she will most likely continue to have them for the rest of her natural life. She was born with an affliction called VACTERL Association. V – Vertebral anomalies: she had a tethered spinal cord, which was surgically released last November down at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, CO. A – Anal anomalies: Tori was born with an anal fistula, which was surgically repaired when she was approximately eight months old. She doesn’t have complete bowel control, but does not have to wear a colostomy bag. C – Cardiac anomalies: Our sweet angel was born with four holes in her heart, which have miraculously healed themselves. However, she has a leaking mitral valve, and this is the reason for the upcoming surgery on December 28, 2012. Because of this valve, she has increased pressure in the right atrium of her tiny heart, and has also been diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension. TE – Tracheal/Esophageal anomalies: Tori did not have a fistula (hole) between her trachea and esophagus, but she did have a “floppy” valve. The flap that closed off her trachea when swallowing was weak, and took four years to train. Prior to her fourth birthday, Tori had to receive her food and or drinks through a tube in her stomach. She is now eating and drinking like a champion! R – Renal anomaly: Tori was born with a solitary kidney, and her only kidney has what is called reflux. (back flow of urine from the bladder back up into the kidney). L – Limb anomaly: Tori was very lucky in this area, as some kids are born with out whole limbs. Tori just has a fused thumb, and one leg and foot are longer and larger than the other. To add to this, Tori also suffers from Asthma and pulmonary hypertension and at the age of 15 months, had the lower lobe of her left lung removed. Tori’s family loves her more than words could ever explain, and she has a very large family! She is number seven in a household of eight children! If you have met Victoria Angelina Colwell, you’ve seen that there are no bounds to the joy that she brings to life. It’s cliche, but to know her is to love her. The proof is in the pudding. Ask anyone who knows her. She is a bright, joyful, and loving young girl, not to mention cute as a button. One would be hard pressed to find a child with her exuberance that chose a harder row to hoe in getting there. She spent the majority of her first 18 months of this life in the hospital. She has been in and out of hospitals ever since, with corrective surgeries, and illnesses that her little immune system just can’t fight off alone. She has conquered every obstacle thrown at her, and has reveled in the victory. You can’t keep the girl down! She has seven adoring siblings, who are usually more than willing to bestow their knowledge on her, and to assist her with her needs (usually a little too helpful). Through the good and bad, they give her all they have. She is a kindergartener wise beyond her years with their guidance. Mom and Dad adore their little girl. Mom has been through hell caring and worrying for her, but her fight and resiliency get them both through. It is a constant struggle to keep track of her medications and limitations, but to watch her growth makes it worth the battle. Pride gets in the way, and Dad hates to inquire, but trying to care for Victoria, and give each of her seven siblings the attention that they deserve is a difficult task; emotionally, physically, spiritually, chronologically, and especially monetarily. Victoria is having a leaky valve repaired in her heart on December 28, 2012. We have to be there on December 26th for pre-op, and after the surgery she is projected to be in recovery for a minimum of a week and a half. The expenses for the surgery are immense, even with insurance, not to mention the travel costs, lodging, and meals to be with her for the duration.”

Larry Kayes

Cause: A girl in need

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YTC Group“My gift card was given to Youth Trapper Camp, Inc. a 501c3 educational organization who each year teaches 150 to 160 persons ethical trapping methods. YTC, Inc. is a collaborative effort between Montana 4-H, MTFWP and the Montana Trappers Association; each June there is a weekend camp geared towards educating youngsters from 8 – 18 years old on the proper & ethical use of the traps, tools and methods needed for humane harvest of one of Montana’s renewable natural resources – “fur” and the proper use of fur in today’s society. This camp is definitely family oriented and all attending family members are included in the itinerary. The instructors, as well as all other workers are volunteers and believe in the rich heritage of trapping in Montana. Families have attended this camp in years past from all parts of the US, some traveling from as far away as Louisiana. This camp has been used as an example to start the same type of camps in other states and it certainly promotes a strong sense of family, ethical and common sense approach to the value and use of our renewable and sustainable natural resources, plus the proper methods to harvest these important items.”

John Wilson

Cause: Youth Trapper Camp, Inc.

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“We gave our $500 Pay It Forward card to Special Olympics Five Valley chapter. Special Olympics does a great job of allowing children and adults with disabilities to compete in athletic events. They are also working to change society’s attitudes towards people with disabilities.”

Randall Peterson

Cause: Special Olympics Five Valley Chapter

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“I donated my card to Boulder Elementary School. I have 1 child attending kindergarten there and another that will in a few years. The classroom sizes keep getting bigger and they have a hard time keeping up financially. In talking with the principal, the Card will be used to purchase 2 iPad mini’s for the classrooms. One for the classroom that my son is in and one for a classroom that has a brand new teacher this year and hasn’t been able to purchase much needed items for her classroom on her own yet. To say that they were very appreciative is an understatement!”

Mark Turner

Cause: Boulder Elementary School

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BITTERROOT-BUGGERS“I choose the Bitterroot Buggers Program. Classes are sponsored by Bitterroot Trout Unlimited and the Keystone Discovery Enrichment Program. Bitterroot Buggers is a program for kids, ages 8 through 14, giving them an introduction to and overview of the sport of fly fishing. The main topics covered in the curriculum are safety, etiquette, conservation, entomology, fly tying, basic knots, equipment overview and casting. After going through the classes, the course culminates in a fun filled day on the water practicing everything learned.”

Richard Shelley

Cause: Bitterroot Buggers Program

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“As a family we prayed about how the Lord would like us to share this gift. We heard The Friendship Center in Helena (a shelter for abused women and their children) had recently lost part of its funding due to Federal cuts. We called and asked what they needed and with list in hand, we took our three children shopping. They were able to shop for what they wanted to get for the women and children. It was a blessing for us to see the smiles on the faces of the employees as we dropped off four grocery carts full of various items; from pillows and cleaning supplies to diapers and socks for the kids. We were just as blessed as the Friendship Center was and our kids knew that blessed feeling of fulfilling a need for someone who could use a little help. Thank you for the opportunity to share in such a big way with those in need.”

Charlie Baker

Cause: The Friendship Center

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“I decided to use my $500 Pay It Forward Gift card in several ways. First I purchased several gift cards from stores and gave them to Zoo Montana in Billing, MT. They are in the process of building a “Living Wall” (smaller animals on display close up inside the main building) so these gift cards will help provide lumber supplies, pet supplies and food supplies for the animals. Also we used the card to purchase a meal for several Army Reserve Members who were dining at a restaurant at the same time we were. It was really great to surprise them with a free meal anonymously, they deserved it! Then we decided we would purchase groceries to provide a family Easter dinner. Thank you so much for the great opportunity to help out in our community, we had a great time doing good deeds.”

Jason Thomas

Cause: Zoo Montana, Army Reserve Members and a family in need

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Dog picture“First of all, thanks so much for the Pay it Forward Program! It was a hard decision to make. There are so many great organizations that could use donations, so we spent time researching and came up with four to help out. Being animal lovers ourselves, we chose The Rolling Dog Farm, Animeals, Humane Society of Western Montana and Rocky Ridge Refuge. Each of these places are doing their best to feed hungry animals, get them medical care, find them homes and even creating homes for animals with disabilities who are often least likely to be adopted. We have made donations on our own in the past, but the DPW Foundation made it possible to give $250 each. Thanks so much.”

Anne and Chuck Marvin

Cause: The Rolling Dog Farm, Animeals, Humane Society of Western Montana and Rocky Ridge Refuge

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“Thank you for encouraging community giving via your employees and the Pay It Forward program. What a creative way to reward your employees and the projects they care about! We were very fortunate to have received gift cards through two of your employees. Jody Ryan gave his gift to Whitehall Public Transportation. Jody and his father helped to get the original program started several years ago, and our Lead Driver, Dick Gustin was thrilled to have Jody remember the needs of the community. The Whitehall Public Transportation program is now under the governance of Liberty Place, Inc. The gift helps to match grant funds and will be specifically used to update equipment for securing wheelchairs while in transit. That program serves primary the Senior Citizen and folks with disabilities in the lower Jefferson Valley who have need of transportation for medical and social purposes. Tom Ness gave his gift to Liberty Place – Farmstead. Liberty Place, Inc. is a non-profit organization which serves adults with severe disabilities resulting from brain injury. Tom’s wife is the administrator for the first two residential treatment programs. The funds are being used to assist with program needs for that location. The program is designed to help residents regain skills that were impaired by their injuries. Again, we thank you for this program and we thank you for the gifts.”

Ann Geiger, Executive Director, Liberty Place Inc.

Cause: Whitehall Public Transportation and Liberty Place, Inc.

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“The Jadyn Fred Foundation was established by Brit and Alecia Fred in honor of their daughter who battled a rare cancer from age three until her death at age six in 2001. Brit and Alecia saw first-hand the economic devastation families suffered in addition to the emotional toll of watching their children go through medical treatment. They decided to honor Jadyn’s legacy by forming the foundation to help families with expenses not covered by insurance as well as lodging, meals, gas, emergency travel, etc. To date, the Jadyn Fred Foundation has assisted 345 Montana families with children battling cancer or other major medical conditions.”

Bill Scanlan

Cause: Jadyn Fred Foundation

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“My Pay It Forward card was donated to Animeals. They are an animal shelter in Missoula, MT. They also distribute pet food to the needy. A very worthy cause.”

Steven Camper

Cause: Animeals

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“Livingston has many places that need some help so I chose to split my $500 into 3 recipients. I went to Pets Mart and purchased $200.00 of cat food and some toys for the animal shelter. $150 went to Big Brother and Sister’s when I bowled in the Bowl for Kids Sake Tourney. I purchased a $150 gift card for an elderly lady that is trying to knit 100 hats and mittens for the food bank this year. She did not have the money for all the yarn. It was very emotional to see her get her gift card. It was like that was million dollars to her.”

Cindy Moore

Cause: Pets Mart, Big Brother and Sister’s

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“I chose to give it to Animeals as they do a lot for the community and they are always in need of money. All of our animals are adopted because of charities like this one.”

Verlin Bonner

Cause: Animeals

 

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“The Rathbun Center in Ashevile, NC is a non-profit org. with 36 bed/baths offered at no cost for families who have family members in local hospitals. In Jan. my dad, John Hodge, had open heart surgery and 2 days later suffered a stroke. My wife and I flew to Asheville to be with my dad and the Rathbun Center graciously allowed us to stay in their fantastic facility free for 2 weeks. Thank you DPW for this gift to pay it back.”

Phil Hodge

Cause: Rathbun Center

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“Recently an employee of the Montana Rail Link, David L. Guptill, received a $500 Pay It Forward Giving Card from the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation in honor of his hard work. He donated this generous gift to Family Promise of Gallatin Valley. The goal of our Family Promise program is to help local homeless families regain their independence in the Gallatin Valley. Our Family Promise model of care costs 1/3 less to operate than traditional shelters. Through the generosity and dedication of our volunteers and local host congregations, every dollar donated is matched by more than $3 of in-kind goods and services! This donation of $500 will go far so support our program. Every morning, guest families utilize our Family Day Center. The Family Center provides guest families with access to laundry and shower facilities, phone and internet access. It is also where they work with a case manager to develop an individualized plan to regain housing and self-sufficiency. We also assist families with transportation from church to work, school or the Tim and Mary Bernard Family Day Center by our Family promise van. Each evening, guest families are transported to hosting congregations where volunteers welcome them as guests into their church or synagogue, providing them with meals, hospitality and overnight accommodations for one week on a rotating basis. There are currently 25 participating congregations in Bozeman’s network. We have over an 80% success rate of families who graduate our program with stable housing, employment and childcare. One of our graduated families had this to say about their experience in our program: I just want to say THANK YOU to you all…again. I cannot really say what it has meant to us with all your efforts in helping us. You are all truly amazing. Thank you for pushing us, encouraging us, and being honest with us. We are excited for the future, and will always be around for Family Promise. Thank you for your help in making it an incredible experience for us. Please let all of the hosts and volunteers thank you for their hospitality, kindness, and encouragement. With all our hearts, thank you! – Stephanie, Jason, Lucas. Thank you very much for this generous donation in honor of David L. Guptill. We are grateful for your support! – Bridget Pitman, Volunteer Director”

David L. Guptill

Cause: Family Promise

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“The gift card will be used for T-shirts with the Sister City logo for students and for supplies for the Burger Booth during the Livingston Round-up, which is one of the Program’s major fund-raisers. This gift will benefit both students from Livingston, MT and Naganahara Japan. More information and pictures are available on our web site at: www.livingstonsistercities.org/”

Henry Poeschl

Cause: Livingston Sister City Program

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“Troy Stuterheim Scholarship is a program that helps students with higher education. The high cost of college this helps students to attain their dreams one scholarship at a time.”

Mark A. Frickel

Cause: Troy Stuterheim Scholarship

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“I donated my giving card to Ada’s Place Emergency Housing Program. They currently have a need for 3 toaster ovens, 1 coffee pot and multiple gas cards. This program provides homeless one and two parent families with local motel rooms for 50 days as they search for stable, permanent housing. ”

Trish Anderson

Cause: Ada’s Place Emergency Housing Program

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“Two of your employees’, Shane and Cindy Brashear donated two $500.00 cards to the Granite County Sheriff’s Department, and Drummond Volunteer ambulance. Our agencies are very rural, and operate on limited funds. As for the Sheriff’s Department those funds will be spent for the safety and welfare of our children. We plan to purchase bicycle helmets and other educational supplies. Drummond Ambulance will use the funds for vital equipment to better serve our community. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Shane and Cindy for thinking of us, and the Pay-It-Forward program. – Scott Dunkerson, Sheriff/Coroner/Drummond Ambulance AEMT”

Shane and Cindy Brashear

Cause: Granite County Sheriff’s Department & Drummond Volunteer Ambulance

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“I gave my $500 gift card to the RONALD McDONALD HOUSE of MISSOULA. The RONALD McDONALD, is a home away from home for families with children that are in Missoula for medical attention. I have a family member that have used this in other areas and were very glad to be able to stay at a location close to the hospital and not have the added expenses of motels and meals. My younger brother has used another RONALD McDONALD HOUSE years ago and does some volunteering at the Missoula house, as does my mother and my sister, So I knew this was my choice and a family choice…”

Robin Reimann

Cause: Ronald McDonald House of Missoula

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“I have had the great opportunity to be working at MT Resources for the past 6 years.  While we have been very fortunate in making good money I realize that here in my community others still struggle.  I worked construction before being hired at MT Resources so I am familiar with the ups and downs of money and trying to make ends meet.  Recently I went through a pretty extensive back surgery that called for me to be on different types of medication so I became a regular at the KMart Pharmacy.  It was there that I realized just how many people were in a worse off position than myself.  Some of the elderly people could only afford to get half of their required medication due to lack of funds and some could not even pay for their co-pay which is required at pickup.  I chose to leave my Pay-It-Forward card with a pharmacist out there who happens to also be my uncle.  By doing this hopefully he will be able to help a few people out by making their trip to the pharmecy a little bit more hassle free and they will get the medication they need to improve their lives.”

Kyle Olson

Cause: KMart Pharmacy

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“Donated the gift card to the Butte-Silver Bow Relay for Life. The Team it went to was Walkin for Wanda and Kenna Team. I decided to donate it to this wonderful organization because my 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma when she was 3 years old. She as been in remission for over a year now but we continue to volunteer and help the ACS rais money. Thank you to this great foundation.”

Todd Burt

Cause: Butte-Silver Bow Relay for Life

Montana Resources

21b“Our family decided to donate the “Pay-it-Forward” $500 debit card to Give Pets a Chance: Animal Sanctuary (GPAC) located in Phillipsburg, Montana, serving Granite County. Give Pets a Chance: Animal Sanctuary is a no-kill animal shelter for homeless, stray, and feral cats and dogs. The shelter has been merged as a public benefit corporation since July 2011 and is operated solely by the dedication of volunteers. Give Pets a Chance has successfully adopted out 35 cats and 10 dogs into permanent homes. When an animal comes to the shelter, the staff conducts a general examination for physical health and if necessary the animal is taken to a veterinarian for treatment. The animals are spayed/neutered prior to being available for adoption. Also, Give Pets a Chance’s volunteers work very closely with the Granite County Spay/Neuter Project. They also provide care to feral cats by performing a physical examination when they are brought to the shelter. After they are spayed/neutered, they are released back to their place of origin when possible. Currently, there are no other commercial or government-ran animal shelters in Granite County. Give Pets a Chance promotes responsible pet ownership and care, educates the public on the benefits of spaying/neutering pets to prevent unwanted animals, encourages pet vaccinations to create a healthy pet population in the county, and establishes a safe, healthy shelter facility in which to receive lost, homeless, or unwanted animals and then to relocate them to loving, forever homes. All of the shelter’s activities have been funded from individuals and other non-profit groups by donations of money and supplies with a large portion coming from their own volunteers. All funds received are used for shelter operations and for expenses acquired to conduct fundraising events. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to participate in the “Pay It Forward Program” and being able donate to such a worthwhile organization that really does make a difference in the lives of animals.”

Raymond Carr

Cause: Give Pets a Chance: Animal Sanctuary (GPAC)

Montana Resources

“A couple years ago a friend of ours was adjusting to her house with her husband and three children after her oldest graduated high school and moved out of state for school. They are both wonderful parents who support and love their kids unconditionally. This love and support has grown after receiving a call that their 5 nieces and nephews were living in a less than desirable situation. This couple has taken on these five children and opened their home and hearts to caring for and loving these children as their own. They have endured hours and hours of counseling, meetings, planning, court rooms and organizing a household of 10 people. Over the past 2 years this 4 bedroom 1 bath house has become a home for the 2 adults and 8 children ranging in ages from 2 to 16 that live there. These children know they will always have a safe and loving place to call home. This couple has sacrificed and continues to struggle financially they are grateful, humble and remain positive – they are an inspiration. I am blessed to know them and am thankful to have the opportunity to help them with the pay it forward gift cards. Last year after giving her the gift card she cried showing me a bag of coins that she was going to use to buy milk and cereal at the grocery store. This year I gave her the card and she expressed how grateful she was because they have been down to only one car they need money to help with repairs on a vehicle so they can get all 8 kids to and from counseling appointments, school daycare and activities. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to help this loving family.”

Rob Daugherty

Cause: A loving family in need

Montana Resources

“Jeffco Food Share, Inc. has received a $500.00 Giving Card awarded to Bill Crenshaw in the Washington Companies 2013 Pay-It-Forward program. Our food bank and the people we serve are deeply indebted to the foundation and to Bill for this philanthropic gift. The benevolence of the foundation has been far reaching and helped so many through the years. We thank you. – Cathy DuBois (Treasurer)”

Bill Crenshaw

Cause: Jeffco Food Share, Inc.

Montana Resources

“Hello! My name is Kristy Johnson and I am a Family Support Assistant for several young children in our community who are less fortunate. I was given the pay it forward card to me, from a friend of ours, Aaron Ralph who works at the mine in Butte MT. My sister and mother also both take children as well. We were able to take the kids shopping and buy them new clothes, which they do not get to experience very often. We were able to take them to eat, and give them treats! The kids were so appreciative, and us adults were very grateful that they thought of our children that we take. I just wanted to share our story with you, and tell you thank you for doing a Pay if Forward program. We have thought the children, what Pay it Forward is, and they practice trying to pay if forward to someone else. (Holding the door for someone, or telling someone they look nice today) Thank you again for such a generous thing to do!”

Kristy Johnson

Cause: Several Young Children

Montana Resources

“I gave my “Pay It Forward” card to Jeffco Food Share,Inc., the local food bank in Boulder, MT. Jeffco Food Share, Inc., established in 1987, serves northern Jefferson County providing food assistance to people in need. The food bank is located in the Boulder Assembly of God Church. The mailing address is PO Box 244, Boulder, MT 59632. Jeffco Food Share served 100 families in 2012, reaching approximately 60 children and 40 senior citizens. The organization is comprised of volunteers and all donations are used for the purchase of food. They pay no utilities or rent to the church. The money came at a good time for them because the local food mart in Boulder is having a “case sell” in March. The money will go a long ways towards food purchases during a time of year when they generally see people needing more assistance.”

Bill Crenshaw

Cause: Jeffco Food Share, Inc.

Montana Resources

“I gave my card to Judy Davis. She was in a snowmobile accident in late December that left her with a severe head injury. She is in the hospital in Missoula. She will have a long recovery ahead. At the time of her accident her husband was just starting a new job and so they had no insurance.”

Raymond Kramer

Cause: Judy Davis

Montana Resources

“I gave the Card to my sister who needed clothes and food.”

Wayne Tregear

Cause: Sister in need

Washington Corporations

“I chose to give my card to a financially struggling young couple who have overcome many personal tragedies, including the untimely deaths of several family members. In spite of all these difficulties, they continue to work hard in the social services field, helping to counsel children who are facing the possibility of being removed from their families. I am inspired by this couple because of their work ethic, their continued desire to help others despite the lack of financial compensation for themselves and their willingness to provide support for the children of Missoula. They will find a small personal relief in this gift and a message of gratitude. I am positive that this will help them to continue to give back to this community for years to come.”

Lynn Thee

Cause: A Family in Need

Washington Corporations

“It was so great to get the Pay It Forward gift card. I donated it to the Flagship Program here in Missoula. The program let me know they were going to use it to help fund the Washington Middle School Flagship Program. I think this is a great program because it offers kids the opportunity to explore a wide range of interests and hobbies while providing constructive activities for them to participate in after school. Thanks so much for the chance to contribute to such a worthwhile program!”

Toni Barrett

Cause: Flagship Program

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