Diane Smith was one of six Seattle-area friends who pooled their money to spread "all kinds of good" with gift cards to strangers. She used her remaining $500 to reward two hardworking women—both mothers of children with autism.
One of the women, Sharon, had been a preschool support teacher for Diane's autistic son. The other, Maryann, is a mother of three, including two who are autistic. In 2005, Maryann was diagnosed with breast cancer. Diane used her Pay It Forward Challenge money to buy spa certificates, coffee gift cards and dinner out for the women. Diane's family planned to babysit Sharon's and Maryann's children while they were enjoying the time off.
Diane says Sharon's "kindness and love know no bounds," and that Maryann has handled her challenges "with grace and dignity." Both women were "surprised and touched" by the gifts, she says.