I have been traveling with my sign all over the Delaware Valley, finding people who want to Pay 6 Forward. We've made stops in Northeast Philly, Havertown, Roxborough, Conshohocken and Gibbstown, New Jersey just to name a few. When giving away cash, there is no shortage of interested parties. But there are a few rules:
*You can't keep it yourself
*You can't be a relative or someone you live with
*The money needs to be a friend or a neighbor or someone from a church group who is going through a particularly hard time.
*They have to be available RIGHT THEN for the surprise!
Sometimes they think of someone quickly, other times it takes a minute. But it's the same for everyone on the receiving end, they simply can't believe it!
With 3 kids of her own, Marge Chattam recently took in her special needs niece and father-in-law. On top of that, she cares for her neighbor's mother and volunteers as a school lunch aid.
Gary Wareicky and his wife both lost their jobs and their struggling with his heart problems and the mounting medical bills.
Frank Cavone wanted to help out his neighbor's Fran and Terry McCollum. Terry, who has Parkinson's, is confined to a wheelchair and has barely been out of his house, because they don't have money for a wheelchair ramp.
Debbie Hosmer decided to help her friend, Toni Gugel. After Toni's husband lost his job, they got behind in their mortgage payments and lost their house. The family of 5 is now living with Toni's parents.
Then there was Tiffany Bennard, who lost her job and bikes 14 miles to clean Earl Driscoll's home for some extra money.
The great thing is giving people the power to help someone else. And remember, we could be bringing my sign to an area near you!