Angela Goren of Burnsville, Minnesota, got her inspiration for the challenge at The Oprah Winfrey Show taping. "[Harpo employees] were asking everyone in the audience, 'What's the best thing about your state?'" Angela says. "My mom turns to me and she says, 'You probably would say the Mall of America.' And I thought to myself, 'Yeah, I would.'"
Angela decides to share her love of the Mall of America with a mother and her three children by taking them on a shopping spree! Radio Disney and the Mall of America get in on the act, too, by donating a DVD player, goody bags and all-day passes to the mall's fun park.
Angela decides there was one last thing she wants to do. "One of the main things the family wanted was a couch, and we ran out of money," she says. So, Angela and her husband buy a new couch for the family using their own money. They arrange to have it delivered to the house as a surprise before the family returns home.
"Spending your [Oprah's Pay It Forward Challenge] money, it was great, but going back and spending my own money and buying them a couch, I just can't even describe it," Angela says. "I don't know if you can really grasp how it feels to give to someone else, truly give, until you actually do it."