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I chose Meals on Wheels - Missoula Aging Services
Due to COVID-19, client numbers rose by 40%. Within the last ten months, 96,000 meals have been delivered to Missoula's most vulnerable.
Thank you to the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
I chose to donate my Pay It Forward card to the Ronald McDonald House in Missoula. Ronald McDonald Charities of Western Montana provides a safe comfortable place to stay for families of children who are receiving medical care at a Missoula area hospital or healthcare facility. Families who utilize the Ronald McDonald House are recommended by either the social work department or medical staff at the hospital where their child is receiving care. This wonderful facility provides some peace of mind and comfort for families who may struggle to pay for lodging in order to remain close to their child during a very difficult and stressful time. This enables parents to focus 100% on their child's care and treatment.
I'd like to thank the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation for affording me the opportunity to donate to this very worthy cause. The Pay It Forward program has helped so many people over the years and I am proud to work for an organization that offers such a unique way for their employees to help others in their communities.
I donated some of the money for a family that could use it for groceries, also used some to pay charlo senior citizens bill at grocery store, and the rest to a local pre school in charlo, to be used for odd and ends that they may need.
Thanks for the opportunity.
I chose to donate the card to Jen's Little Rugrats Daycare and Playschool. There, they used the donation for classroom accessories. They included animal life cycle models, magnifying glasses, tadpole growing kits, chicks, ant farms, and National Geographic reading material. All of this material will help young children interact with animals instead of just reading about them. This is a great opportunity for them to have hands on training on the developmental process of life.
Thank you Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation!
We recently started a non-profit foundation for our daughter Rawkee Hunt so that she can start paying forward all the kindness that has been done for her during her last year of burn recovery from her burn accident. Our foundation is called RAW Foundation (real.authentic.warriors). This specific card for $500 was donated to this foundation and the $ will then be used to complete our most recent project called "A Dance for Charity" . Charity is a little girl who recently passed away from a burn accident. After spending 3 months in ICU Burn Trauma unit she didn't make it out of her last surgery. My daughter Rawkee had become very close with Charity as we had spent many hours coloring pictures, writing letters and sending gifts to her and her family. My little girl was so very excited to finally have a "burn friend" just like her. They had made big plans for when Charity would be released from the hospital. Sadly that day never came. When we told out little Rawkee her friend had passed away she immediately wanted to do something special for Charity and her family. So the idea was born and the project unfolded. While my own daughter underwent 2.5 months in the same Burn ICU unit as Charity, dance was her motivating factor that has helped her the most on her road to recovery. So she decided she wanted to dance for Charity. With the help of the most incredible individuals (Dance teachers, fellow dancers from her studio, videographers, camera men, photographers, ATV rentals, amazing parent and so many more....) we spent a bitter cold day in a very remote location (the warriors walk) is its name. Filming our daughter performing her memorial dance for her friend Charity and her amazing family! The video will be completed in the next 2 weeks and a copy will be sent to the Burn ICU team and Charity's family for first viewing. We will then post the project on our YouTube channel to share with the world. Our hope with this specific project is to help bring healing and closure to everyone who was apart of Charity's amazing journey. We also hope that random viewers will be touched and inspired to push on in their on trauma and trials and find hope that no matter what life throws your way you can choose to get up and keep going.
Because of incredible people like you and Scott we hope this project will be the first of many many more to come. These donations as you well know make it possible to touch lives and hearts in special and specific ways. We so appreciate you help and support in our cause. We hope you will view this special video when it goes live and accept our deepest gratitude in making this project a reality for my daughter and her sweet friend Charity!
This year, I split my Pay it Forward card between two causes especially important to me: Herd of Wyoming and The Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association. Based in Sheridan, WY, Herd of Wyoming is a herding dog rescue organization that helps place unwanted dogs and puppies with owners across North America. My wife and I adopted our dog Violet through the organization a few years ago. She has meant a lot to our family and provides us with an activity partner during the day and a cuddle buddy at night.
The Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association (SWMMBA) is a mountain bike trail advocacy organization that helps better the mountain bike experience for riders of all ages and abilities. As more and more people discover the therapeutic benefits of exercising outdoors, SWMMBA has worked to increase trail access. Through mountain biking, people can engage in a healthy lifestyle and further their desire to protect the natural environment that makes Montana such a special place to live.
I'm thankful for the generosity of the Washington family. Because their philanthropic spirit, I was able to give meaningfully to organizations that do a lot of good things for people in Montana and Wyoming.
I gave the giving card to a very dear friend of mine who lives in Billings. Melissa has been enduring the effects of Ehlers-Danos Syndrome since she was a teenager. This disease is extremely rare, and because of that it is misdiagnosed in most cases. Melissa recently underwent her 15th surgery to help correct some of the results of having this life changing disease.
Through all of this, Melissa has maintained her role as mother of two wonderful girls, wife to a great man, business owner/operator, and friend, caregiver, and support system for countless others including myself. Melissa has focused her talents and time on becoming an advocate for E-DS, so that others who are dealing with this terrible disease can be properly diagnosed and treated.
Melissa and her family are the first ones to step up to help others, even if that means giving up what they themselves may need. I couldn’t think of a more deserving person for this generous gift from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. Thank you to the Foundation for sponsoring this unique opportunity to let your employees distribute your kindness and good will to those in our communities who need it.
In addition, I would like to personally thank The Washington Foundation and Montana Resources employees for providing me with their giving cards to offset the costs of my treatment for cancer. Not only is the financial help appreciated, but the thoughts, and family treatment and support from all levels of the company have been amazing.
The Washington Group / Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation are leaders amongst their many peers in providing a great and rewarding career for their employees and an unsurpassed willingness to give back to their employees and communities.
The family that I donated the card to used it for gas and travel to Salt Lake City for treatment of their daughter. Their 5 year old was diagnosed with high-grade glioma, stage 4 glioblastoma. It is a the most aggressive and hardest tumor to treat and does not have a very good long-term diagnosis. The family lives here in Missoula, both parents have served in the marines, and have an additional 5 kids to care for. The entire situation for has been extremely hard on the family mentally and financially.
Recently, the 5 year olds treatment has been oral chemo, and required them to spent two weeks in Salt Lake to ensure there were no adverse reactions to the new medicines. She will be on a six week cycles of chemo for at least the year, maybe two. She will have MRI's every three months, plus bloodwork and physical exams every six weeks, for which will require more travel to Salt Lake.
Thank you for allowing me to help this family in their time of need, they were very grateful.
We used the Pay It Forward Charity to help a friend of my wife's coworker. He is in his 50s and was diagnosed with Covid in February and was subsequently put on ventilator. He was in ICU for a few weeks and his family was concerned if he was going to pull through. He is in recovery and was in need for money for family, medical expenses and food. He is greatly loved and had also received additional donations from his coworkers. The Pay It Forward Charity was a great inspiration. This gift card came at a perfect time for his family . Thank you!
I donated my card this year to a single mother with 4 kids. With all the problems with Covid this year it was very hard to make ends meet. With this gift they were able to buy some food and pay some overdue bills. She would like to thank you so much for this gift.
My Pay It Foward gift card went to a student that attends Beartooth Elementary School in Billings. The students did a "Chuck Your Change" fundraiser for Chloe and raised over $3,500.
Since Chloe was three years old she has had growing rods to help with her severe kyphosis and scoliosis.
Chloe and her family will head to Seattle for a spinal fusion. She will first be in a halo traction for two months before she receives her posterior/anterior spinal fusion.
For the past nine years Chloe and her family have traveled back and forth to Seattle to have her rods adjusted every six months. This time they will stay there for about three months for this procedure. The gift card and money raised by her peers will help with expenses while in Seattle.
I used my giving card this year to help a family in our church their 3 year old son has been having strokes and has Been having to do things all over again so I thought the card could help they out
I gave mine to the butte high chemical free graduation party. They were short on donations to fund it so I thought this would help.
I chose to donate my Pay it Forward card to Safe Haven Llama & Alpaca Sanctuary in Corvallis, MT. The sanctuary takes in abused, neglected, handicapped, unwanted and abandoned llamas & alpacas and provides humane/compassionate care of these beautiful animals. The donation will help with food, medical treatment, rehabilitation and wellness care for over 30 animals currently at the sanctuary. The sanctuary seeks suitable and permanent safe homes for those that are adoptable and serves as a permanent home for those that are not. All proceeds donated are spent for the care of the animals.
Thank you to the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation for allowing me to be a part of the Pay it Forward 2021. The welfare and rescue of all animals big and small is very near and dear to my heart, I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to help them even more!
This year I decided to split the card between two entities, Whitehall PTSA and Jefferson Valley Community Foundation.
The Whitehall PTSA was doing a cold gear drive along with socks, under garments and pants. Often when a child has an accident at school the school provides a fresh pair of clothes however they do not often get them back. Kids are always in need of hats and gloves as well.
The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation support lots of organizations by raising money at their annual event. This provides funds for the Library summer reading program, museum, Whitehall Veterans and more.
I was able to provide gift cards to a local family for use at local vendors as they deemed necessary! It's wonderful to be able to provide just a little something to folks out in the community for use in supporting local families and economies!
I presented the gift card to Dave Williamson, Chairman of the Southwest Montana Veterans Home Foundation. The monies will be spent on assisting veteran residents at the veterans home. There was several items that the monies could be used for to help assist the veterans from buying medical supplies, Covid prevention supplies, assisting in food services, and also going to help fund the project to enclose the walkways between the buildings at the facility. I am waiting to get an official use of the monies and a thank you card from the foundation. I will pass the information onto the Washington Foundation when it is received.
I choose to donate my chosen giving card to The Ramsey Keller Memorial Foundation of Billings, MT. Their story from their website explains it perfectly; "The Ramsey Keller Memorial was started when our precious daughter moved to heaven too soon. We became a nonprofit to help other families affected by the loss of a child. Our organization contracts with funeral homes throughout Montana to help pay for the expenses of children’s funerals. We know firsthand how devastating it is to pay for your child’s funeral and we hope to take that burden off of heartbroken families. Donations go directly to families that have lost a child 1 year of age or younger to help with funeral costs".
My family also knows firsthand devastating and overwhelming it is to prepare for a funeral instead of bringing our precious babies home. We were lucky enough to have had the RKM foundation pay for all of our expenses we incurred at the funeral home for our stillborn twins in 2018. They took out the financial burden during the most devastating time of our lives. This allowed us to focus on our family, memories, and to grieve the babies we lost. I am so grateful to have been able to give this giving card to RKM to help support them in their journey of continuing to pay for these funeral expenses for families in Montana who are grieving the unimaginable.
If you're ever in the Billings area around May, every year they hold an annual 5k, 10k, half marathon run to raise money to pay for these infant funerals. Sunday, May 16, 2021 is their 10th Annual RUN for Heaven’s Sake.
Thank you to the Washington Foundation for allowing our family to present the Ramsey Keller Memorial with a $500.00 giving card to allow us to pay it forward to a foundation we will forever be grateful for.
Thank you for this amazing opportunity to give back to the community. This year I donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters program to help out our local kids and office. When I presented them the card they were overjoyed. You could tell this meant a lot to them. Whether its to buy supplies or food for the littles it all helps out. I just want to say thank you again for letting us donate to a cause that is important to us and our community.
Thank you !!
When I'm not doing railroad work, I love sending pucks "Where Mama Keeps the Peanut Butter" (i.e. Top Shelf). I've enjoyed playing hockey at Glacier Ice Rink since 2007, and now my three boys are starting youth hockey. Glacier Ice Rink is ran by a non-profit called the Missoula Area Youth Hockey Association. My 'Pay it Forward' donation will be used to help replace the TV monitors in the lobby.
Brandon England ( Mrl engineer) his younger brother passed away suddenly 2 weeks ago! I donated my entire pay it forward card to the fundraiser for his family! To help lessen the burden of the costs associated with his funeral!
We appreciate the opportunity to do this as often as we can!
I gave the card to a lady who has significant health issues and can not work. Through the pandemic she made over 2,000 masks and donated them throughout the community of Missoula. She did not want to sell them but give them away knowing people needed them. She is a very giving person and never expects anything in return. I was hoping by giving her the card she would be able to take care of some of the personal needs such as medical expenses.
In 2016 my favorite son died as a result of suicide so I wanted to try and help this terribly awful experience from happening to other families. I forwarded the card to the Mt. Chapter of the American Federation of Suicide Prevention.
I recently heard about a single mom, Jen, who was involved in a motorcycle accident. She had some bad injuries and did not qualify for workman’s comp. Being a very proud person and Mom, she didn’t want to ask for any help but deep down she needed some. I gave her my gift card so she could use it for any expenses she deemed fit. I wish Jen the best of luck and a speedy recovery. I would also like to thank the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation for allowing me to help this family.
Money from the card was used to buy materials to expand and enhance the skate rental room at the High Altitude Skating Oval. It was much needed with additional skates we have now to rent to the general public.