Crista Ditzler, of Bellevue, Washington, wanted to help Hopelink, her local food bank. Using $500 in Pay It Forward Challenge funds as seed money, Crista multiplied her donation tenfold, raising money from the community to buy turkeys for needy individuals and families.
"I have been overwhelmed by the community's reaction to the need for turkey money," Crista says. "In about five days, I received approximately $4,500 additional dollars, as well as an offer to lower per-pound prices for turkey and delivery to the food bank with the turkeys. It was amazing!"
Crista was also one of six Seattle-area friends who pooled $3,000 to buy hundreds of Target and Starbucks gift cards for strangers as part of a project they dubbed, "All Kinds of Good."