The same morning Molly Searle found out about Oprah's Pay It Forward Challenge, she also learned that her beloved father, Dennis, had passed away. Molly says her father was well-known for his generosity, which as fate would have it, was the theme of the kindness challenge.
Molly says she was inspired by the show and excited to begin "paying it forward" in honor of her father. On the plane ride home, something remarkable happened. A stranger in a nearby seat overheard Molly and her friend, Angie Snyder, discussing their plans and pulled $500 out of his wallet. "He said, 'Go ahead, take this and pay it forward,'" Molly says.
Back home in Omaha, Nebraska, Molly's family also got in on the giving game. Though they were grieving the loss of Dennis, they were also inspired to help out. In just three days, Molly and Angie had raised an additional $1,700! Then, they went to work.
Their first stop was Omaha's Ronald McDonald House, where they dropped off gifts for sick children and their families. Then, they headed to the supermarket to buy groceries for unsuspecting shoppers. "Oprah, I love you," says one surprised shopper. "Thank you."