The Pay It Forward Challenge
Due to the new arrival, Lenita doesn't have as much time as she'd like to make decisions about her donations. So she decides to surprise four unsuspecting strangers with the money in her hometown of Homewood, Illinois. At first, she wonders how she will find people who need the money, but Lenita seems to have good sense for those in need.
The first woman she chooses is overjoyed, telling Lenita that she was recently robbed and that the money will be very useful. The second recipient explains that her daughter is in intensive care following a car accident and that she is taking care of her grandchildren while her daughter recovers. A man working on his car is surprised and a little bit wary of the gift, saying, "Free money is hard to get." When Lenita tells her final choice that she hopes the money can be of good use, the woman assures her it will. "I'm not working and my husband's not working," she says.
Lenita is happy that she was able to participate in the challenge even though she was quite busy at home with her new infant. Despite the timing, she says, "It's always a blessing to be able to give back."