Teacher Prompts 'Pay It Forward' Movement And $3,000 Tip

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Richard and Samantha Specht suffered a loss no parent should ever have to endure. Their 22-month-old son, Rees, drowned in their backyard pond. Trying to cope with this unbearable loss, they had no choice but to move forward. They started a 'Pay It Forward' movement called 'ReesSpecht Life," which encourages acts of kindness with "Pay It Forward" cards.

"When my wife and I set out to form ReesSpecht Life, we did so with a mission to honor our little boy’s brief life and pay back the kindness of those people who rushed to our aid in our time of need. I never intended for this movement to become what it has."

This movement has become BIG. Recently, Richard received an email from a stranger sharing a story of kindness. He didn't recognize the name but opened it anyway. It was a picture of a restaurant receipt with a $3,000 tip and a note that read:

"Thank you for your kindness and humility. My teacher in middle school had such a difficult experience a few years ago which has sparked me to do this. My only requirements are:

1) Go to ReesSpechtLife.com and learn!

2) Don’t let “Pay it forward” end with you.

3) Since it’s about the idea and not about you, or me, if you decide to share this, don’t use either of our names!

Thank you for being around for all of my shows on and off Broadway. I hope that someday someone gives as much love and happiness into the world as you do."

Richard couldn't believe a former student of his did this. He was blown away. He saw the name on the receipt and realized it was a student from over 10 years ago. It all comes back to kindness. This student remembered his teacher and now passed on the kindness he learned.

To learn more about the family and their mission, or to get Pay It Forward cards visit their website.

Story and Images from ReesSpechtLife.com

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