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I taught my child about giving to those in need.

I matched the funds and my 7 year old and I went on a grocery shopping spree to donate to our local emergency-need food shelf.

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I paid it forward to a homeless veteran.

I paid it forward to a homeless veteran who was standing at the corner of an intersection on a very cold & snowy day.

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My coworkers and I paid it forward to homeless youth.

10 coworkers at our Como branch pooled our money together to purchase winter gear for homeless youth at YouthLink. We donated the money and allowed them to use it for the items they needed for the winter including chap stick, hats, gloves, sweatshirts, hand warmers, lotion, and socks.

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I paid it forward to a family on the other side of the world.

I volunteer at VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) which is a social service agency serving Richfield, Bloomington, Edina and a small part of the southern edge of Minneapolis. We have the largest food pantry in MN and provide a number of other social services geared at helping people keep their jobs so that they can continue to provide the necessities for their families.

With some matching funds from my fellow volunteers we were able to purchase a goat and two chickens from World Vision International for a family in need somewhere overseas.

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We provided Christmas presents to a family in need.”

This year my coworkers and I reached out to Neighbors, Inc. in South St. Paul to adopt a family. By pooling our Pay it Forward money together, we were able to provide Christmas to a family of 3 (two daughters and a mother).