Pay It Forward Stories
Melanie decides to help Julie, a single mom who is raising her 2-year-old son, Christopher, with the help of her sister. Julie works at Target on a shift that begins at 4 a.m. When work ends at 12 p.m., she heads over to classes at the Georgia Medical Institute, where she is training to become a massage therapist. Despite her circumstances, friends say Julie is an upbeat person and a great mom who is always looking to help others.
Melanie decides to use most of her "pay it forward" challenge money to buy five weeks of child care for Christopher. Touched by Julie's story, the day care center matches the gift for a total of 10 weeks! Target also gets in on the giving game and gives Julie a $100 gift card to buy Christopher Christmas presents. Julie's school also chips in by giving her a massage chair to launch her business—and $200 for gas! But that isn't all.
A friend donates two $200 gift cards for Julie and her sister—and Melanie completes the package with a gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure.
"These were random acts of kindness just to put a smile on your face, because we hear you put smiles on everybody's face every day," Melanie tells Julie as she gives her the gifts.