When Kerman Haynes of West Palm Beach, Florida, begins his Pay It Forward Challenge, other people and businesses start pitching in, too!
Kerman begins by contacting the Florence Fuller Center in Boca Raton to find two economically disadvantaged families who have children with severe allergies and asthma.
Once Kerman lets others know what he is doing, the donations pour in. Each family receives a free, one-year supply of O-ZoneLite, a lightbulb that acts as an air purifier. Proctor & Gamble donates a year's supply of cleaning products and $7,500 toward a cleaning service for the families. Merry Maids gives $500 to each family toward the first house cleaning. A local pediatrician offers to care for each family for only $5 per visit. And, Kerman says, Bank of Florida plans to set up a children's medical crisis fund with $1,000!
"This was such an amazing experience that words truly cannot describe it," Kerman says. "This exercise in generosity has made me rethink my purpose in life."