A Deserving Family and a Surprise of a Lifetime!

WOW is all we have to say after reading today’s Pay It Forward story that was  submitted by Michelle Jerred of Whitewood, SK.  Cole and Michelle, you are amazing people who have done something for amazing people!

So I have a quick little story for you about my best friend who lives in Winnipeg. Her and her husband haven’t been able to have kids of their own. About 3 years ago they decided to be foster parents. They took in a little 2 year old girl with fetal alcohol syndrome and just fell in love with her. They now have 4 foster kids and dedicate their lives to them. The ages now are 9, 5, 1, and a 1 month old. My friend is a stay at home mom for these kids and her husband is a Teacher’s Aid but goes to school in the evenings and weekends to get his degree in education in hopes of becoming a teacher.

I recently went to visit them and they just amazed me with how they “Pay it Forward” everyday by giving these kids the best home. They bought a bigger house in Winnipeg just so they can take in more foster kids in the future. Their finances are tight and can only afford one vehicle at this time.  My friend appeared exhausted with driving her husband to and from work and school, dropping kids off and picking them up from school all the while trying to take care of 2 babies. She would never complain though. Her heart, like Chases’, is made of pure gold.

I told Cole about it when I got home and he decided that as his “Pay it Forward” he would buy them a second vehicle. We just got the van today and have not told my friend and her husband about it yet. Their story really warms my heart and they’ve inspired us to Pay It Forward in memory of Chase.  This was for an amazing couple in Winnipeg who made such a difference in the world for four little people.

Cole and Michelle
Cole Raiwet and Michelle and Ava Jerred


Thank you Michelle for sharing your story.  We know that your generosity will make a huge impact on a family that demonstrates such love and dedication for others in need.

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You??


Pay It Forward – Giving is All In The Family

After a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend together visiting and being thankful with family, it was exciting to sit down at the computer to an email Inbox with more Pay It Forward stories and updates that we can share with you all.  It looks as though many of you have been also been reflecting on how thankful you are, for all you have and due to this reflection have made Pay It Forward decisions that will be of benefit for others. This story comes to us from “Friendly Manitoba”.  It is wonderful to see that our Pay It Forward stories are coming to us from our neighbouring provinces.  Thanks Jaclyn for emailing us your story.  We hope that your message will inspire others to do the same!  As you are reading today’s story be sure to look closely at the photos Jaclyn sent us.  They help to tell the story of giving.

Last week, I decided it was time to put away my summer clothes and pull out all of my fall clothes.  As I was packing up my summer clothes, I had thoughts of Pay-It-Forward in my head and I decided that I wanted to gather up all of the clothes that I rarely wore anymore and try to find a place to donate them to.  I looked online and found a GREAT cause.  I decided to donate them to a women’s shelter which provides women and children with clothing, household goods, etc. to establish a new start in life.

As I separated out my summer clothes and started creating a donation pile, I basked in the feeling of doing good. I then went through my winter clothes and further expanded my donation pile.  I was really enjoying how good it felt to make an effort to donate to someone less fortunate, so I didn’t stop with my clothes.  I went from room to room and collected both used and new items that I thought someone else could benefit from much more than myself.

As my 2.5 year old was watching me rummage around the house, he asked me what I was doing.  I explained to him that there are people in the world who are not as fortunate as we are and that I was going to give these things to someone who needed them much more than we do.  I then asked him if he had some toys that he might want to donate as well.  Without even hesitating, he walked over and grabbed an old train and said “Here you go mama.” and we continued to round up several other toys as well. I thought that I was feeling good before…but watching my 2.5 year old recognize the importance of giving made my heart burst with pride and happiness.

I know these items will make a tremendous difference in helping someone create a fresh start in life.  We will continue to look for ways to pay it forward…

Take Care,
Jaclyn, Scott, Sawyer & Bennett Henkelman

Chase Made A Difference . . . so did Jaclyn, Scott, Sawyer & Bennet Henkelman . . . What will you do today??