The Pay It Forward Challenge
First, the pair spend $500 on grocery cards from Key Food, a local grocery chain. To help make their project a success, Key Food matches their donation! Then, Camille and Patrick buy gift cards for Toys "R" Us for holiday presents. They also purchase gas and metro cards so parents can look for work.
The parents are thrilled at Camille and Patrick's generosity—and relieved that some financial pressure has been lifted from them around the holidays. Camille and Patrick get a lot out of it, too. "We learned a lot through this," Camille says. "… that I don't need as much as I thought I needed … how lucky I am because I have a roof over my head. I know where my next meal's coming from and I don't have to worry about being on the street."
Patrick says he enjoyed helping the families. "They believed that no one cared about them and were worried about what the future held for them, " he says. " We showed that someone cared and that we're able to help them in their darkest hour."
Camille adds that since she and Patrick "paid it forward," she has heard that two of the parents they helped have found work!