The Pay It Forward Challenge
Through the Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence in Dayton, Ohio, Linda finds Christina, a mother of seven children from 2 to 15 years old. Christina, who works as a nurse's assistant, drives her kids to school and daycare every day in an aging van that she can't afford to repair. An inspection reveals that the van needs a new transmission, so AAMCO Transmissions steps up to donate the parts and labor—a $2,500 value! The crew at Carl's Body Shop takes care of other repairs, plus a tune-up, detailing and a remote starter so Christina doesn't have to go out in the cold to start the car.
With her car problems solved, Christina is free to use the $1,000 from Linda to buy necessary items for her family. A shopping spree yields a microwave, towels, an ironing board and clothes for all seven kids. But there's even more good news—Generation Dayton, a local organization of young professionals, has chosen Christina's family for their Adopt-a-Family program for the holidays! They'll provide a Christmas tree and presents for the entire family. And Al Sicard, a local businessman, hears about Linda's work with Christina and contributes another $1,000 to the Artemis Center's "Survivor Fund" to provide legal services.
Linda says the time spent completing the challenge was really gratifying. "I started with $1,000, and it is amazing how the word spreads and how many people I know, and many people I don't know, became involved."