Card Stories


farmerThere have been over 400,000 ReesSpecht Life cards distributed.  If you are here because you received a card and a random act of kindness, please feel free to share your experience with us.  We would love to hear the accounts of different acts of kindness being committed in Rees’ name 🙂

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409 thoughts on “Card Stories

  1. I was blessed to show up to school today where I am a high school teacher, and find the sweetest note from a student, thanking me for all I do at our school. I”ve never even had this girl in class, so it meant even more for her to thank me! Inside the card was a “Cultivate Kindness” card too. This made my day and I”ve already ordered my own cards to continue the trend! Bless you for doing good amidst your loss….

  2. Today, Rees’ father spoke to my grade about this amazing organization. I was so positively shocked at how amazing his speech and charisma sounded. I am honored that I got to listen and talk to such an extraordinary man. I’m going to help someone this weekend and pass on a card!

  3. Everyday i was taught it dont matter if its your last dollar and you need it, but someone else needs it more. This story brought tears to my eyes and promoted me to try more. Today a simple act of kindness was made today. A father in a store i tried to buy his children drinks ect, but in turn i was blessed. So i left the change from my own purchase and said pay it forward to cashier if anyone comes in with need.

  4. Specht family the editor of the books chicken soup for the soul is looking stories on kindness. I think your store would be a wonderful addition to their neeest book. Plus this is an additional way to spears your kindness. Best of luck and hope you and your family are doing welll. We think of you offer and foundry.

  5. The directors of SOAR Charter Academy (a non-profit K-8 school) took 19 middle school students to our local Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor to celebrate there grades, all with a GPA of 4.0. We treated them to lunch and ice cream to recognize their hard work. Across the isle was on older gentleman and his wife, a younger gentleman, and a toddler. As the server brought our check, the gentleman approached the table and paid for a huge portion of our check and left the ReesSpechtLife card as well. Part of our school’s mission involves character education and community service. This was a wonderful life lesson for our students. We will be passing the card on and purchasing more as well.

  6. My husband is battling colon cancer and undergoing chemotherapy treatments. We were given a ReesSpechtLife card along with $10 to do whatever we wanted! A very kind note was also enclosed, with words of encouragement. We plan to pass this along to someone who could also use a “pick me up.” We tragically lost our almost nine year old daughter five years ago to a brain tumor, so my husbands diagnosis was especially tragic for us. May God bless your family as you make something good of your loss.

  7. I received my cultivate kindness- pay it forward card during the Women’s March.
    I planned to walk across Ringling Bridge in Sarasota, FL with my daughter and two
    granddaughters (ages 5 and 9). Little 5 year old legs were not up to the task so I stayed
    back with my younger granddaughter and watched as over 10,000 people came
    together in a spirit of love and unity. My granddaughters will be having a sleepover
    with me this weekend and I will discuss the card with them and let them choose who
    they would like to give it to. Another way to remind them to always ReesSpechtLife!

  8. First of all I would like to really be sorry for your great loss. Secondly I would like to appreciate your efforts as a human being for making the world a better place to live. You have used your pain in order to resolve worries of humanity. You are an inspiration to all. May ALLAH bless you in your mission.

  9. I was looking on Facebook and an article came across with this info. First I want to say so TRUELY sorry for the loss. It is unfortunate that we tend to have to go through tragedy in order to have our eyes awakened. I say our, because people tend to point fingers, however more or less we are all guilty of it. Although my story isn’t as horrible, it is my story, I had to endure constant domestic abuse for 10 yes, since I’ve finally taken a,stand to leave that relationship behind me, I want to help others. I TRUELY commend your acts of kindness, and admire people such as yourselves. All too often these types of tragedies could turn us into people we do not want to be, i.e drugs ect. It takes a strong will, to make a commitment such as this. I want to say thank you for sharing your story, I look forward to starting my own non profit organization, for homeless/ domestic abuse.

  10. My two year old son, and my very pregnant belly were just at Viva La Pasta in Simi Valley, Ca and received the most wonderfully timed act of kindness! Today was one of those hormonal and emotional days when I thought that I was not doing a good enough job as a mommy, that the baby girl in my belly was not receiving the love and affection and excitement that our son did, and that I had done so much for others in giving all our out grown baby gear to families in need, not selling anything, and giving all my sons clothes to my best friend who needed it. But feeling, selfishly, that I deserved something in return. That we were now the ones in need, and that we needed the help now, but weren’t getting it. My husband is in the military and he is back in Florida while we visit family for the holidays, so sitting alone with my kiddo eating way too much pasta, our server comes up with this card, and tells me my meal has been paid for.. I started to cry. I can’t thank you enough stranger, for giving me this gift that you didn’t know i needed so badly tonight. Thank you for the kindness, and I will be passing this on to someone in need as soon as possible. I cant say this enough, kindness is so important, this message is so relevant and so needed. I cannot imagine losing one of my children, and to be so strong as to turn his life into the most positive thing that it possibly could be, is a testament to the type of heart you as parents have. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

    • Samantha, I was the one who paid for your meal at Viva La Pasta. My wife and I saw you and the stroller sitting by the window with your little boy (who appeared to be around Rees age when the Specht’s lost him). Thank you for posting this – I always do this anonymously (and will continue to do so), but it is nice to see that a simple Random Act of Kindness was able to make your day better. Thank your husband for his service to our country and for your collective sacrifices. It is we who are truly in YOUR debt.

  11. At the end of a hard day, driving the highway hurrying to get home my husband and his coworker came upon several lol old ladies who were clearly in trouble. In their travels they found themselves w a flat tire and no idea nor strength to change it. Knowing my hubby I know he didn’t have a as one thought, they spun around quickly got these ladies safely back on the road and they were each given a pay it forward cars and 20$, after several attempts at refusal they accepted and went on their way home. When he came home and showed me that awesome lol card I decided to order some for myself. Awesome idea of restoring our faith in humanity it. Wish we knew their names to thank them properly.

  12. This was so amazing. I went to mcdonalds craving a Mcrib. I know they aren’t good for me but I though what the heck. Receiving this card was the best thing that has happened to me this month. Although I don’t know what it’s like to experience the death of a child, I just lost my father September 23rd and lrd knows it’s been the most difficult time of my life. I recently took a leave of absence from work due to the mental impact it had on my life. There are still good people in this world and I promise to pay it forward. THank you to the lady that paid it forward for me. I am truly speechless. The little things in life truly mean the world to me.

  13. I just had wonderful. Experience at cracker barrel my girlfriend. And i had our meal paid for. By a nice lady with. A card to pat it forward. Which. We did with. Our waitress it was aheart warming act of kindness

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