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I used my card to help my niece Heather and her husband David with exorbitant medical bills related to Heather recently being diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer and undergoing chemotherapy and David has a heart condition that will eventually require a heart transplant. Before their medical issues came to light these two wonderful young people had adopted two infants in the last 5 years and are raising them as their own. With the costs of raising a family and the huge medical expenses they are incurring I can't think of a better use of $500.
A hearty thank you to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.
As a "Pay It Forward" recipient, I elected to donate to Family Promise of Missoula. Family Promise is an interfaith collective that helps families in crisis by providing for basic needs such as shelter and food. They also prioritize keeping families together as these needs are met. Given the current housing challenges in our community, they address an important need by assisting these families that have been negatively impacted. Thanks to the DPW Foundation for providing this giving opportunity.
I gave my card to my daughter. Through school sports, my grand kids became friends with siblings of a drug addicted mother. Approximately 6 months ago, my daughter’s family was asked to take in these 2 (of 6) children for an unknown period of time. These children had nothing. Virtually the clothes on their backs and receive no financial help from the mother. It has been a tremendous financial burden to purchase beds, clothing and necessities as well as absorb the added expenses of school programs. They are working hard to ensure these two additions to the family have a healthy and stable family environment. My daughter was overjoyed and has expressed her extreme gratitude to the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation for their generosity and kindness.
I have an elderly lady that lives behind me, she has no family. She was diagnosed with cancer last summer. She has been struggling to get to and from her appointments and the pharmacy. We give her rides when we are able to, and try to help her any way we can.
She is very appreciative and one of the kindest individuals I have ever had the privilege of knowing.
As I handed it to her, and she read the card and paperwork, she had tears in her eyes and could not thank me enough.
Thank you for the opportunity to spread some joy and light on such a dark situation!
Thank you, and God bless!
I donated the $500 to the Missoula Mayfly Project. This non-profit uses fly fishing as a catalyst to mentor children in foster care. My son, Mason, loved to fish. He grew up in Minnesota so did a lot of lake fishing but always wanted to learn how to fly fish. He did get to try it one time on a trip to Montana and I know if he were here with me now, he would be perfecting his fly-fishing skills. Mason died by suicide at the age of 17 in June of 2022. I made this donation in memory of my beautiful boy.
I chose to give my card to my daughter who is struggling financially due to a pending divorce. Her husband's addiction in addition to no longer having the desire to be a dad has brought forth undue hardship. She is a stay at home mom, taking care of her special needs son, getting him to his various therapy sessions in addition to one on one time at home. While caring for him, she has a daughter to get to and from school, help with homework etc.
I know this card will be a blessing and I thank you for this opportunity to pay it forward to a loved one in dire need, especially in these hard economic times.
Thank you, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, for allowing us to bless others in your name. I have never worked for a company as giving as Washington Companies and am so grateful for the opportunity to participate.
This year, I chose to use my pay it forward card to give to a local family. I worked with this man for over a decade before he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2023. Not only were we coworkers, but friends. I knew his wife and children - and cheered on the milestones in his families triumphs and successes along the way. He, the super proud father, always kept us up to date on his children's accomplishments. His cancer diagnosis took everyone by surprise. He is relatively young, and should have many years left - but he won't. This man was an expert in his field. His knowledge was extensive not only in his field of study - but also in many areas - and this made him a very versatile individual. He was always a person his coworkers would turn to for help, and he never refused anyone.
Though he did take steps to prepare financially for their future, those plans were cut short - and thus the struggle to maintain daily expenses plus all of the extra expenses that come along with terminal illness and inability to work have become a burden for their family.
In a heart felt "thank you" he sent via text he expressed his sincere gratitude; not only for some financial relief - but for restoration of hope. In his words, "It is so much more than money, but that is a generous gift that is perfectly timed right now. We are finding it so hard to hope as all the avenues are leading down dead ends. We know that He (God) knows, but that is a request we can't be certain he'll answer. Thank you again so much."
The doctors have offered no hope. The road is dark, painful, and scary. And because of your kindness - a family was able to regain some hope. My prayers continue to be with this family. I feel as if God himself works through this program in so many ways, meeting so many needs, and I'm so thankful for the impact it has had not just for those receiving funds - but those of us who have had the privilege of giving them as well.
Acts 20:35 NLT "And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Just as Paul spoke in the bible - Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation have inspired many of us to "pay it forward" in our personal lives with our own money and resources. Thanks for being a great example!