Diane Bell wants to make a difference in someone's life, but doesn't know where to start. After watching the movie Pay It Forward for inspiration, she decides to help a man from her hometown, Fairbury, Nebraska, prepare for life after prison.
Tyler is serving a five to10-year sentence at the Omaha Correctional Center. He is up for parole review soon, and Diane wants to help him if and when he is released. "I wanted him to know that I care and believe in him, and even if we do make mistakes, you can still be a successful person and have a quality life," Diane says.
Diane writes to tell him about the $1000 gift card that will be his when he's released, asking only that he continue to "pay it forward" and make a difference in the lives of others.
Tyler is overwhelmed. In a three-page letter, he writes to Diane, "Through Oprah's gift, and now your gift, you are making a difference in my life, and I hope I don't let you down when it's my time to shine and pass this blessing on."