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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  1. My children were wonderfully surprised to find a “cultivate kindness” card at Disney in one of the penny press machines. God bless you, I pray you know the One true God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave His life for us, so that we have the hope and faith of eternity. And with this hope, you will see your little precious baby boy again. Thank you for spreading kindness and awareness. We will pay it forward in honor of your child.

  2. Dear Mr. Specht,
    We are 5th and 6th graders writing from class 204 at Newbridge Road Elementary School. Thank you for the wonderful assembly where we had the chance to learn all about respect and how to change the world with kindness. We really enjoyed the fun science experiments and your funny jokes. We also loved when you showed us your Superman shirt. We love Superman too! We loved how you turned a negative experience into something positive. We promise to spread kindness and create more dots on the map. Thank you again for visiting us and we hope to see your show in the future!
    Love, Class 204

  3. My story doesn’t start with a card but it will end with it. A few days ago my daughter was really upset. She wouldn’t even talk to me. In my mind I was asking for help and decided to take her to a flower shop I love. It was my mother’s 60 birthday and I had her pick out the the flowers. I guided her but she did it mostly by herself. As we were paying, the florist complimented us on the beautiful arrangement. I told her that my daughter picked them out and she did an amazing job. She talked with my daughter about art, her eye for beauty and so on. Then she said wait here a minute, she went to get a sketchbook and pencil set and asked if she could give it to my daughter. The smile on my daughter face was well worth the trip. It turned her bad day around. We then stopped into a Starbucks. Now I’m a single mom of 2. We don’t have much money. It was my last $9 till I got paid the next day. When we got to the window they said the car in front of you paid for your meal. She was glowing by then. 2 strangers had just made her bad day at school turn into something amazing. I sent my son a message explaining what had just happened. He knew I was looking for something to cheer her up. I jokingly said I wonder where else we can go to get free stuff. You think the gas station is giving out free gas? He laught at me. Now today I was driving home. I was down to my $30+ and stopped for gas. The gas pump took my $30.21 but wouldn’t give me gas. I went in and explain. They call the manager on phone because they didn’t know what to do. He said there was nothing they could do but wait 48 hours till it came off my card. So I’m standing there with no gas and now no money. How would I get home? Or even to work the next day? I told the lady that it was the only money I had and I had no gas to even go anywhere. Can’t you just remove the transaction? Again she said no but let me call my boss back. He told her to give me $30 in gas. I was speechless. I just stood there till the lady ask me which pump I was at. I told her I didn’t want free gas. I want to pay for it. She told me that she understood that but this is all she can do. I offered over and over other ways I could pay for it. Come back tomorrow? Asked if they could keep the pending hold on my account. She said no, he doesn’t want you to pay it back. Just take the free gas. I could except the act of kindness for my child but not myself. I racked my brain how to pay it back and then I saw this story that night on Facebook. It was the answer I was looking for. I ordered cards and going to look for the person that I can help. Thank for giving me a way to pay back the kindness given to me and my daughter!

  4. I woke up having one of those days. Even though it’s a Friday. But I pulled myself out of bed and headed to Starbucks. Already hating myself for spending a fortune on a coffee I pull in and order a cafe mocha and when I get to the window I’m greeted with “hello! The lady in front of you paid for your coffee and asked me to pass along this card!” Disbelief and instant tears. Made my day. I can’t wait to pay it forward and share the card.

  5. As I was finishing my breakfast at Denny’s this morning, the manager came over and gave me a ReesSpecht “pay it forward” card and told me that a gentleman sitting at the counter had paid for my meal ($6.99) and asked the manager to give me the card in hopes that I would “pay it forward”. I asked the manager to point out the gentleman, but apparently he had left, but I knew from the Manager’s description that it was not someone I knew.

    As soon as I left Denny’s, I went and found some nearby homeless people and as there were a number of men and only one woman, I gave the woman $10 and explained how come. She was most appreciative.

    I am so sorry for his loss, but these cards are a wonderful way to pass kindness along. Something we all need, especially these days.

    • If you were at the Denny’s at Ventura near Winnetka, that was me. I always do it anonymously and pick up a check or two each time I eat there. The staff loves to participate as well. Sometimes I will let them pick out the recipients. Thank you for “Paying It Forward”. Maybe, one by one, we can make this world a better place for all of us! Be sure to order some more cards here so you can spread more kindness.

  6. 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….

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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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