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After joining with her pals to give Target and Starbucks gift cards to thankful strangers in Seattle, Danya used her remaining $500 to buy tickets to The Nutcracker for children who may not have an opportunity to see a ballet. Danya and her husband matched the donation for a total of $1000.

The children also received a Nutcracker book and met the ballet dancers who played the parts of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. "The children were ecstatic," Danya writes. "It was so fun to see them get their books and start reading. There was a huge line to meet Clara and high-five the Nutcracker."

In the spirit of paying it forward, Danya got as much out of it as the children. "I felt amazing afterwards!" she says. "My husband and I strive to create a culture of giving in our home, and it was wonderful to include my children in this project. … The experience of being challenged by Oprah was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but we can pay it forward everyday in ways big and small."


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