Monday, March 8, 2010

Just Paying it Forward!!

I know first hand that "pay it forward" works!
I decided to make this post after reading this blog yesterday that was asking what others think of pay it forward!
Plus I have also been thrilled with the amount of people taking the time to help others, especially young kids!

It is worth the time!

You as an individual may NEVER know of the true long term effects!
So I am here to tell you that they are GREAT!!!

Just last week I was telling a friend about my first pair of shoes!

I was in Junior High and I really wanted to have a sport!
I decided to try track!
I needed shoes, my knock off keds were just not going to be able to get me through the season. I did not have the funding to buy a pair of shoes!
Lucky for me, I was in the locker room, and I walked by the trash, there sitting on top was a pair of worn out, size 6 1/2 New Balance running shoes!
I was so excited...I immediately tried them on!
They fit perfect!...(even though I really wore a 7 1/2)
These shoes served me well for 2 years..until High school, when my coach saw that my shoes were in terrible condition.
He took his own money and bought me a pair of running shoes!

As a young 16 year old girls...I will NEVER forget the feeling of my NEW shoes!
I decided right then...that when I was able, I would always make sure others had shoes to run in.
Since then I have bought many shoes for other runners in need!
I plan to buy many many as needed!

When asked, "Can we repay you?"
I say, "YES, PAY IT FORWARD....when you can afford a pair of shoes for someone else!"

How many shoes have been passed on....all because 1 coach saw a need and filled it?
I have NO idea...I know I was not the only runner he bought shoes for...
But I do know that because of 1 coaches kindness...many kids have received NEW shoes from random people just trying to "pay it forward!"

So remember...when you serve and help others...
You will NEVER know the true effects of how many people you touch!
Just know it is MANY!!!!!

* I ran in size 6 1/2 running shoes for 16 years...until 6 years ago a friend told me she wore a size bigger running shoe. I told her I wore a size smaller...and she said "I have never heard of that!" I got thinking about it...and decided to try a bigger size. At first my feet were I know that 7 1/2 is my true running shoe size! =)


  1. Incredible story! What an amazing thing that was done for you, and what an amazing woman you are for continuing the cycle. I'm convinced each time I hear a story like this, that there is more good in this world than bad. I just know it. Thank you so much for sharing your story of kindness. :)

  2. What a cool story and way to pay it forward!

  3. Hi Sherri,
    That is a wonderful idea and story! It reminds me of my track days too! My family did not have alot of money. I grew up on a farm and we were pretty poor. Seriously, it was bad:( My track coach was kind enough to buy me my first pair of running spikes and I will never forget the feeling that I got when he gave them to me:) I was so thankful and felt so blessed to have such a wonderful man as my coach! Thanks for sharing...your post has special meaning to me. Happy Monday:)

  4. I love it... every time I read your blog I feel uplifted. I'll add buying someone a pair of running shoes to my list of awesome things that I read on a blog that I want to emulate

  5. I love it, I am glad their are others on boat with this. What a great way to give back to the community. As I explore this deeper, I can keep you in the loop, if you like.

  6. "Kindness begins with me" . . .

    Thanks for sharing your story!


  7. You always take care of those around you. What a great example you are. You are WONDERFUL!!!

  8. I really like this post. very cool and a nice remember to just keep putting people first in life;-) thx for that.

  9. I love your encouragement to others. You set a great example. Love you.