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. I was waiting to pay for my Starbucks on Montauk HWY in Babylon. When I approached the window the girl ringing me up told me a woman in front of me had paid for my order. Shocked I said seriously? That is so nice!! (I try to do that a few times a month during the holiday season) she gave me my receipt wrapped around the pay it forward card. I immediately started crying while reading it. I paid for the person behind me because it was only right to keep it going. To the Specht family my heart and deepest condolences go out to you. This is such a beautiful legacy you are creating for your son and I was honored to be a part of it. Whether you receive a card or not I’ve always been s true believer in paying it forward and showing kindness to people you know or complete strangers.

  2. I picked your card up at Emilia’s Bakehouse in Melville. It was sitting on the shelf with various other business cards. I asked the barista if I could take it. Next time I have the opportunity to demonstrate an act of kindness, I will leave the card to inspire the next person.

  3. Today while we were waiting on our bill for lunch,in Orlando, Fl the waitress brought us this card and said our lunch was paid for. I had never heard of this before, but looked at up. Apparently this couple lost their 22 month old son, Rees to a drowning. They are honoring his legacy by trying to make a difference. Pay it forward and pass along the card. Really cool! #reesspechtlife #cultivatekindness #payitforwardToday

  4. I got this card at a deli in Bethesda MD. I asked the cashier if they sold Advil, they did not. The man next to me told me to hold on, and then came back with two Advil and this card. I had a very bad dehydration headache, and he saved from walking a few more blocks in the heat to find the Advil.

    Thank you.

  5. I work ft as a pizza delivery person so I live on tips. Yesterday, 5/17, I delivered a pizza as usual. After the transaction as I was walking away she called me back. She handed me the card with a very large tip. I was shocked. It wasn’t until I got back to my car and saw how much money and read the card. I felt so touched, thankful, and blessed. I have children of my own. I cannot even imagine losing one… the goodness that is being done is so beautiful. I have not yet decided how I will pay it forward but I will. I am so thankful this woman has shared your story and all the goodness that has come from a tragedy.

  6. I was surprised to receive this card at work in my mailbox. I am not sure where it came from or who gave it to me, but reading the responses on this site and seeing all the acts of kindness shared is truly inspirational. What a lovely way to memorialize the life of a young man who lost his life way too soon. God bless!!

  7. About 3 years ago, my friends and I went to a huge water park in New Jersey. Among us was a boy named Liam who had previously broke his arm. When we entered the park, all of my friends immediately went to the biggest slides there, and I went along. When we were about half way there, I noticed that Liam hadn’t came along. I looked around for him, but saw that he was just wading in the shallow pool, sad and alone. I walked back over to him and said, “Let’s go on the smaller rides that you are allowed to go on.” He immediately smiled but then got sad again when he said “What about you? I know you’ve been wanting to go on that ride” “Don’t worry about me.” I said. We ended up having a fun time, even though our other friends never met up with us.

  8. I received this card at the dunkin donuts drive through in mt.sinai, i was running late, having a bad day already, and this was such a nice surprise when the cashier said my order was paid for and gave me this card. I paid for the order of the person in back of me to keep it going. I lost my daughter 9/11/17 at 33 weeks after years of miscarriages and a life threatening ectopic pregnancy. Every day that i get up and go is hard for me. When i was in the hospital my husband and i learned that what we went through happens at least 1x a day. I make crocheted blankets for stillborn babies so that families have a keepsake. They are adorned with a in memory tag so i understand the importance of this cause. This truly brightened my day. Thank you ❤

  9. My mom and I went to Garden Grill in Smithtown yesterday. My mom was hestitant to go in because of what she thought it would be expensive and knowing I am usually on a tight budget. I reassured her it would be ok, and we went it. When it came time for the bill, we were overwhelmed when we received a Cultivate Kindness card that said Happy Valentine’s Day and the waitress telling us that another table paid our bill. We are so grateful to our table of Valentines and are eager to pay it forward and share the blessing we received because of Rees Specht.

  10. BH, Nebraska
    I was at Dollar General looking for a movie to purchase at the Red Box Machine…As I was browsing, for some reason I happened to click on the family movies and had the urge to look up and saw a ziplock bag with popcorn and a Pay It Forward Card.. This is the reason for the season…I’m blessed to be one of Rees’ pieces. I will gladly pay it forward!❤️

  11. 12-1-2017. It’s been a long emotional day. I lost my Aunt , my best friend on a Wednesday. We attended her wake this evening and on the way back to the hotel, I asked my husband to stop at Starbucks to get coffee. We used the drive through and as the barista handed my husband our coffee, he said a young lady inside paid for our coffee and handed us a Cultivate Kindness card. After such an emotional few days, this simple act of kindness moved me to tears. I went inside to thank her and let her know how much her kindness had touched my heart. I will definitely keep her kindness moving forward. Thank you again to the special young lady.

  12. While having lunch with a friend yesterday (11/17/17), we were discussing a book we had both read and enjoyed. We were engaged in conversation by a nice-looking man who said he had read it too and enjoyed it. This led to a short but pleasant discussion of books we had liked and were happy to recommend. The stranger paid his bill and left. Later when my friend and I were ready to leave, we were stunned to learn that the friendly man had paid our bill and left a Reesspecht card behind. Michael and were so touched and surprised that we both immediately wanted to be part of this simple but wonderful movement. In this current age, where the world seems so full of hate, strife and discord, it is a blessing to be shown a way to help a little.

  13. I went to school thinking it was just another useless kindness assembly then when it ended i was in shock his story is just amazing. i got a card from school and it told me to do a kind act and give the card to the victim then they do the same, i started thinking. then i had an idea to buy flowers for someone, i wanted to get started. finally we got flowers and made someones day. we can change the world. CULTIVATE KINDNESS

  14. My husband and I received the card on November 2, 2017, while having lunch at a Denny’s restaurant before going to an appointment. Thank you so much to the person who paid for our lunch and making us aware of the little boy. We will Pay It Forward and leave them this card.

    • If this was at the Denny’s in Woodland Hills, you are welcome! Order some more cards and Pay it Forward. Maybe, one by one, we can make this world a better place for all of us!

  15. My son came home with this card from school yesterday. He said there was an assembly at school and he was sad that this little boy died. But he thought it was so nice that the parents had decided to share their story and ask that people do kind things. He is 11 years old. Instead of running home from school to go trick or treating with his friends, he decided to stay after school and go to a peer buddies meeting and do something nice with the special education kids at school. He said his partner was a really nice kid and they made masks together, decorated bags and he took the boy around school to go trick or treating. When he called to tell me about this assembly and that he wanted to stay and make a fun day for another kid who might not have had one otherwise, was the best call I could have gotten! He felt so good after doing that and can’t wait to go back to another meeting. When he got in the car, he handed me a card and told me to keep it with me. He also showed me that he put a card in the back of his phone as a reminder to do something nice for someone each day. I’m so glad that you all came down and shared your story with the kids at wisdom lane middle school and wanted you to know that it did make a difference. For my son who I’m so proud of, and the boy he helped and for you sharing your story, I will be forever grateful! This is a lesson I can see he will carry with him always and so will I. Thank you again for sharing your story and I’m so sorry for your loss.

  16. My 10 year old daughter has epilepsy and we received this card in a care package for her that was epilepsy themed from a lularoe retailer that we’ve never even met! The epilepsy awareness flag is purple, and inside of the care package was purple lularoe leggings in her size, a purple bracelet, Halloween themed temporary tattoos and a pencil as well as several pieces of candy. What a wonderful surprise it was for her! Cant wait to figure out how we will pay it forward.

  17. Hello,

    My name is Tatiana. I was in a McDonald’s Drive-Thru waiting to pay for my meal. While waiting in line I was paying my phone bill which was behind and not that far from being disconnected also going over some of my bills. I am also a college student and just recently moved out. The last few months have been really tough. So when the woman in a silver minivan paid for my meal, I couldn’t help but want to cry. Then the cashier hands me the ReesSpechtLife card and I began to read their story. I immediately started tearing up and couldn’t help but be emotional. As the woman drove away I yelled to her “Thank You” but I’m not sure if she heard me. I hope she knows how much that meant to me. How much I was struggling with funds and I was already beating myself up for eating out and how inspiring she is. Thank you so much for making my night and making me aware of this beautiful little boy. I am so blessed to have experienced this tonight and I will keep this card in my wallet and continue to pass on kindness to others. I may even bless someone else and hand them this gift to inspire others and spread love. I am forever grateful, even for the smallest gift.

  18. Hello,

    I am a student at Boise State University. I received my card 10-8-17 in a Winco Foods store around midnight. I was doing some late night grocery shopping and as I was about to check out my debit card was declined. Being somewhat embarrassed I began to call a few of my friends to see if they could buy my groceries and I could pay them back at a later date. During the duration of the phone calls, a woman named Rebecca approached me and told me to not worry about the cost and that she had just paid for my groceries. Being that I am in college and live on a tight budget this random act of kindness helped me out tremendously. I am going to be completely honest, I began to get teary-eyed as I walked out to my car after she had left. As I was loading my car with the groceries, she drove up next to me and explained her inspiration to her random act of kindness and then handed me the card. I fully intended on paying it forward. God bless.

    • I was so pleased to help you. I’ve been where you are. Waiting tables is hard work and not everyone understands tipping. 🙁 I’m glad this movement inspired us to be a blessing in this troubled world.

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