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In our family – like many of yours – we have been very focused on serving others this holiday season. As parents we’ve been pondering quite a bit about how to serve, who to serve, and when to serve. A flood of ideas have come to us and it feels like just about every day this month we’ve been working on – or doing – something for someone.

My heart is full, and I’m reminded once again of how serving others is one of the greatest ways to feel joy.

Speaking of giving, we have a giveaway today – but this one has a little twist that is inspiring and heartfelt. When our Holiday Card Design winners were announced and we were contacting them to send their prize money, Kari received a surprising response from one of our winners – Jana Day.


I believe wholeheartedly in Becky’s mantra to cultivate a good life. While $100 would feel wonderful lining my pocket, especially as the holiday season approaches, I do not “need” that money. To have been chosen a winner is gift enough for me. Therefore, I would really love to “pay it forward” in a manner that you and Becky deem fit by passing along my monetary prize to a person/organization more in need than me! I’m hoping this is possible?!?!

Of course we wanted to make her wish possible. As we discussed a few different options for what we might do with that $100, Jana mentioned she would love to use it to pay for someone to have the opportunity to take my upcoming Project Real Life class. Perfect! And SO generous! So here we are with an opportunity for you to win a seat in my class that begins January 9, 2014. All because of Jana and her good heart.

Leave your first name + city + state/country for a chance to win. That’s it. We will randomly select and announce the lucky winner of Jana’s gift on Wednesday, December 18th. Name will be added to the bottom of this post.

More importantly, I hope you feel inspired by Jana’s act of paying it forward. If you feel inclined to share a quick note about one way that you or your family is serving someone else – or perhaps a way that you have been blessed by someone else’s service … I for one would love continued inspiration on doing good.


Updated 12.18.13

Congratulations to Emma in Launceston, TAS, Australia. Please email brandi@beckyhiggins.com to claim your seat in my upcoming Project Real Life class!


542 Responses

  1. Angela says:

    Fargo,ND USA

  2. Chrystal says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! For the past month, I’ve been trying to find a small act of service to perform each day, and I write it down each evening before I go to bed. It helps me remember the reason for the season. :)

  3. Debra B says:

    What a wonderful and thoughtful thing to do. I plan to ‘pay it forward’ to another person today.

    Debra Broide
    San Marcos, CA

  4. Vicki Mikulecky says:

    Vicki M
    Normal, IL/USA

  5. Ellie A
    Long Island,NY USA

    How awesome & amazing thk u so much for the chance.

  6. Shari C says:

    Very generous indeed! Sugar Grove, IL

  7. Yulia W says:

    Yulia W
    Kalamazoo, MI

  8. Lida says:

    Tallahassee, FL

    Thank you, Jana.

  9. Kathy says:

    What a wonderful gift. Thanks for the chance to win. I too have done a RAK this holiday season and it felt truly amazing.

  10. Ruby J Moody says:

    I would love to be in your next class as I am a beginner with PL. Thank you. I live in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

  11. Thais says:

    Thank you so much!
    Miam Springs, FL

  12. Sue M says:

    Apopka FL

  13. Sara Grafton says:

    Sara in Cupertino, CA

    Thank you Jana & Becky!

  14. Holly Ford says:

    Holly- Salt Lake City, UT
    I wish more people would be willing to serve others. Even if it’s just someone else in your own family. Taking the time to do something for your spouse that you normally put off, or helping your sister with something. Serving starts at home.

  15. Christina says:

    Grafton, MA

    Thank you Jana! Your act of kindness made me smile and inspired me to find something I can do today.

  16. Sol S. says:

    Sol S.
    Virginia Beach, VA

  17. Laura
    North Canton, OH

  18. Abi says:

    So generous! What a wonderful opportunity!

  19. Janna says:

    Arapahoe, NE USA

  20. Clara says:

    Clara, Ewa Beach, HI

  21. Kelly says:

    Maybe I need to do some rak today, thanks for inspiring.

  22. Rose says:

    Rose, Marlborough, MA, USA

  23. Mickee says:

    Thank you, Jana!

    During this season, our family sets aside a specific amount for gift-giving, for ourselves, and for our favorite charities. This year, we have given to the Catholic Charities, Solano Mission Center (to feed and shelter the homeless), Disabled Veterans, and we’ve given to help with the relief efforts from those affected by the typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We are also constantly donating gently used clothes and toys to different charitable institutions. We are teaching our 3 children that we have to help those in need to show our appreciation for the life we have.

    American Canyon, CA

  24. Kelly says:

    Bradenton, Florida

  25. Lisa says:

    Somerset, NJ

  26. Emily V says:

    Brookings, SD

  27. Jana T says:

    Wow, thank you!!

    Jana T
    Scottsdale, AZ

  28. Tina L. says:

    Malta, NY/USA

    We have “adopted” a child for Christmas this year. It feels great showing my children how to “pay it forward”.

  29. Patricia Cardoso Perez says:

    Awww That’s so sweet!
    I am a student at this moment so money is not avaliable, but I try to help with my hands, other times teaching, it’s a good feeling.
    now I am decluttering my room, hope a few people will get some cloths I don’t use anymore. Sometimes we accumulate too much!

    Thks, Jana!
    Patricia Perez
    Porto Alegre/Rs – Brazil

  30. Melissa Carlin says:

    Melissa + Clifton + NJ/United States
    There’s no doubt in my mind that I’d not be here today without the help of others. Everyone deserves a chance. I can now give those same chances to others. What a wonderful story!!

  31. LindaHAZ says:

    Linda + Phoenix + AZ/USA

  32. Emory says:

    Emory from Issaquah, Washington

  33. Lori M says:

    Richmond, VA

    Wow, how selfless, thank you for letting others have a chance at the class to preserve our memories.

  34. Farah S. says:

    Wow, thats really generous! Thats what Christmas is about, thank you!
    Farah, Essen, Germany

  35. Kelli says:

    Kelli – Eagan, MN US :)

    THANK YOU for such a thoughtful way to pay forward :D

  36. Kimberlee says:


  37. Shannon Hein says:

    Windsor, CO USA

  38. Susan F. says:

    Queensbury, NY

  39. Katie says:

    Katie, Hudsonville MI/USA

  40. Marcy F. says:

    Marcy, Spotsylvania, VA USA

  41. AnneMarie says:

    Pittsburgh, PA

  42. Carole says:

    United Kingdom

  43. Kimberlee says:


  44. Beth Hardinger says:

    Beth Hardinger
    Baxter, MN

  45. Danielle says:

    Danielle N
    Newark, OH

  46. Cindy says:

    I love RAK! What a sweet idea.

  47. Tamara says:

    Tamara V.
    Boulder, CO/USA

    I NEED! I need. OK, I really want.

  48. Fran Cozens says:

    Fran, Sydney, Australia.

    Jana RAK giveaway not only has Christmas spirit, but she has amazing human spirit.

  49. Amanda Hines says:

    Abilene, TX

  50. Natalie Irwin says:

    Natalie Irwin – Ripponden, West Yorkshire, UK

  51. kathy says:

    Kathy / pinellas park fl
    I plan on blessing some organizations with lots of scrapbook supplies. I am simplifying and will use project life to “catch up”. Also doing some RAK’s.

  52. katharina says:

    OH WOW!
    Bless her Soul!!!


  53. Monique says:

    I would love to take the project life class. What an amazing gift Jana gave! I so wish we were in a financial position to do something similar this holiday season!

  54. Shanon says:

    What an amazing example she is!
    Roy, Utah

  55. Tommi says:

    I purchased the Project Life Kit for my niece for Christmas. I would love to give her the class to go with it. I purchased the class for myself when it first published and it is wonderful. I have watched several segments repeatedly. It is very kind of you to offer a RAK.

  56. Michelle merritt says:

    Michelle merritt, hertfordshire united-kingdom

  57. Whitney says:

    Smithfield Utah

  58. Staci C says:

    Rocklin, CA

  59. Jessica Skoglund says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!!
    Thief River Falls, MN USA

  60. Caitlin Murphy says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Caitlin Murphy from Winchester, Massachusetts

  61. Stephanie Farwell says:

    Spokane, WA

  62. Flavia Mafra says:

    Unfortunatly we have misery in Brazil. At this time of the year there are a lot of kids who won’t get anything for christmas, so they write letters saying what they would like to get and every year I pick some letters. It feels so good to know that at Christmas Eve that kid will be smiling!
    Florianopolis/ santa Catarina/Brazil

  63. Yvette Irvine says:

    Balwyn, Australia
    Thanks Jana and thanks Becky. You are both so generous.

  64. D Taylor Ives says:

    Portland, OR
    Love hearing about Jana’s generosity!

  65. liz hamilton says:

    Liz Harrisburg PA
    My girl scout troop is donating food to a local food bank just in time for christmas

  66. Jody Hicks says:

    Medina, Ohio U.S.A

  67. Alia Ahmed says:

    Wow, truly inspiring and motivating to keep folks giving!

    My family, pays it forward often without making plans out of it EX. Paying for the car behind you’re cars parking, paying for the next families meal while in a drive thru, keeping “Homeless packs” in our car that consist of a few bottles of water, some fruit and a blanket for when you see someone in need of it on the street. Giving doesn’t have to be LARGE it can be small and just as meaningful :-)

    Thanks for sharing as always Becky

    Alia Ahmed
    Fairfield, Iowa

  68. Ronni says:

    Ronni, Albuquerque NM USA

  69. Anat says:

    Mount Kisco, NY

  70. Leslie says:

    Snellville, GA

  71. Erin McConaghy says:

    Norwich, CT

  72. Stephanie says:

    South Lyon, MI / USA

  73. Zandra Grissom says:

    So generous and a lovely way to spread joy.

    Zandra, Tacoma, WA

  74. Jenn Christman says:

    Jenn Christman
    Hesperia, Ca. USA.

  75. Vanessa Nacari says:

    I would love to win!
    My name is Vanessa and I live in Johor Bahru, Malaysia!

  76. Jamie says:

    What a thoughtful thing to do!
    Statesville, NC

  77. Aggie says:

    WOW. What a chance. Bless your heart Jana!

    Manila, Philippines.

  78. Kristin Smith says:

    shhhh….I’m submitting this for my daughter who lives in Heber City and has embraced PL whole heartedly. She can’t afford to pay for the class, and being able to attend would be an amazing gift to her.
    Heber City, UT

  79. Paige says:

    Easley, SC

  80. Kate Warren says:

    Leesburg, VA

  81. Francine says:

    How wonderful of her! This season we are paying it forward in a variety of small (but hopefully meaningful) way. Francine, Privas, France

  82. Gina says:

    Zeewolde, Flevoland, The Netherlands
    I do voluntere work every week and help out where ever I can, i find it so easy to give but have a real hard time to ask for help when ever I need it.
    I really would love to win and be part of this, there is no way i would be able to afford it.

  83. brenda says:

    Oh my. What a great rak. Thank you Jana for your sweet generosity.

    Brenda, Artesia, NM USA

  84. Jenn N says:

    jenn N
    Coatesville, PA

  85. Erika says:

    Erika – Phoenix, AZ

  86. AshleyLCC says:

    Round Lake Heights, IL USA

  87. Karen Brooks says:

    Karen B
    Wetumpka, AL

    What a great thing! We are trying to teach our 6 year old son how to be more giving during the Christmas season. We are going to donate some of his toys to children who need them.

  88. Megan says:

    Christchurch, New Zealand

  89. Dara says:

    What a lovely gift. Thank you Jana!
    Mountain View, CA

  90. Nadine says:

    thank you for the chance to win Jana….

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

  91. Cody says:

    Henderson, NE

  92. April Kelley says:

    April- Greer, South Carolina

  93. Christina says:

    I absolutely love that Jana decided to “pay it forward”. Thank you so much for this opportunity!
    Rochester, NY USA

  94. Natalie Taylor says:

    Natalie Rexburg, Idaho

  95. Leila says:

    Ottawa, IL

  96. Rosie says:

    Brooklyn, NY

    Thumbs up to Jana!

  97. Nina says:


  98. Chelsea says:

    Concord, CA

  99. Lisa N says:

    Lisa N
    Spring Valley, MN

  100. Teresa Franco says:

    Sacramento, California
    I really enjoy paying for the person behind me in the Starbucks drive thru. It happened to my sister once & she was tickled pink for the kindness. So I secretly started doing this too.

  101. Kirsty says:

    Bakersfield, CA USA

  102. Karen says:

    Karen A.
    Lansing, KS
    That was so thoughtful of her. I like the reminder of being more intentional of looking for ways to help others.

  103. felicia says:

    San Antonio, TX

    *Planning to drop off some “secret santa” goodies for people anonymously with my kiddos!

  104. Kathy Ann says:

    Rocky Face, GA USA

  105. Kimberly says:

    Don’t put my name in for the class, but I did want to comment. My family and I just shopped for a local food cupboard – donating groceries for those who need them most. Teaching our kids that it is good to give to those who don’t have as much. We have a couple other things in the works also. Not for our glory, but for our Lord and Savior alone! He has blessed us abundantly this year and we love to give back!

  106. Jenn says:

    Thank you so much!! This is such a sweet thing to do. :)
    Red Bank, NJ

  107. Sonya says:

    Spokane, WA

  108. Rhonacs says:

    East Grinstead, West Sussex, England
    Thanks for the chance to win Jana

  109. Trisha L says:

    Goshen, IN

  110. JaNae says:

    Austin, TX

  111. Laura S. says:

    Minneapolis, MN

  112. Vicki says:

    Springfield, IL

  113. Mary Chris says:

    South Riding, VA

  114. Lee Ann says:

    Breckenridge, Michigan

  115. Marci Villanueva says:

    Edmonds, Washington
    Wow, what a generous person! Blessinings to her.

  116. Caitlin says:

    Suffolk, VA

  117. Rosalie Vos Tulp says:

    Ames, Iowa /usa

  118. Cathy A. says:

    Wow…so very generous!
    Cathy A.
    Delmar, NY USA

  119. Jen rolfes says:

    Jennifer Rolfes Cincinnati, OH USA

  120. Debbie Piercey says:

    What an incredibly generous thing to offer. Thanks for the chance to win! I love to pay for the car behind me in the drive through lane. I try to drive off fast leaving the person to wonder who it may have been. I am Debbie from Peoria, AZ

  121. Karinm says:

    What fun.
    Brookfield, WI/USA

  122. Robin G says:

    Cleveland, OH
    I am grateful for all the wonderful gifts that I have in my life and try to live each day by giving back to others no matter how small. At this time especially we support children with no families to make their holiday a little brighter.

  123. Elena M. says:

    Jana, that’s really amazing! Merry Christmas to you and your family, as well as Becky’s family and crew. Thanks for Project Life!

    Elena, Lisbon (Portugal)

  124. Jaime Bell says:

    Colbert, WA

  125. Shanna says:

    Shanna, Lisbon, ND, USA

  126. April says:

    Fort Mill, SC

  127. Dani says:

    Belleville, IL

  128. Donna San Bernardino, CA says:

    would love to go..just starting to research project life

  129. Corry says:

    What a beautiful gift!
    Gunter, TX, USA

  130. Joanne Casals says:

    Orlando, FL
    Being involved in creating a Project life album for the past 3 years has inspired me to see the best in my everyday life. THANK YOU, for the chance to win a seat in her class.
    What you did shows what a great human spirit you have inside you.

  131. StefV says:

    What a lovely offer! Thank you Jana! And also thank you for providing a beautiful Holiday Card to use.

  132. Elizabeth says:

    Grand Rapids, MI United States

  133. Elizabeth B. says:

    Round Rock, TX

  134. Kimberly O San Ramon says:

    What a great gift! Thank you!

  135. Charlene says:

    Glassboro NJ

  136. Debbie says:

    Leopold, Vic

  137. Carla says:

    Carla Jacksonville, florida

  138. Anne says:

    Copenhagen, Denmark

  139. Melissa says:

    Melissa, Homosassa FL USA
    Thanks so much for the chance! I give back by chairing a Toys For Tots toy drive and distribution at our local builders association. We call it Building a Better Christmas. It’s our way of reaching out and giving back to the community that we serve. Its a blessing to see the generosity of others at work and to touch people who truly need a little boost to get through the holidays. Many of the people we help are the ones who fall through the cracks of the bigger organizations. They make enough to feed their families and provide housing, but not enough for any extras like Christmas gifts. It’s a lot of work, but its worth it.

  140. nancy79 says:

    Thank you Jana!

    Purmerend, The Netherlands

  141. Kim H says:

    Kim H

    What a thoughful gift!!

  142. Emma says:

    Dublin, Irelland

  143. Paige Meyer says:

    Paige Meyer
    Hoover, AL

  144. Mary Platz says:

    Mary Platz
    Sultan, WA

  145. Trisha Visel says:

    Trisha V.
    Alto, MI

    Love paying it forward!

  146. Glenna says:

    Lawton, Oklahoma

  147. Carol Tate says:

    New Market, MD

    Thank you for being so generous, Jana. Merry Christmas!

  148. Kristie M says:

    Kristie M.
    Puyallup, WA

  149. Joanna K says:

    Washington DC
    Thank you!

  150. Sarah Louise says:

    Swindon, UK

    I try to pay it forward by making others feel special. Whether it’s a comment, action or gift to show that I listen and take notice of the things that are important to them.

  151. Kathryn Britton says:

    Kathy B

  152. Deb A. says:

    Deb A.
    Hartland, WI

    Thank you, Jana.

  153. April W says:

    What an amazing thing to do!!!
    – April Flat Rock/NC/USA

  154. Jodi says:

    Floodwood, MN

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  155. Lise H. says:

    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

  156. Vanessa says:

    Oh Jana, this is so sweet of you!! I pray that the Lord will bless you and your family even more this holiday season and throughout your life! Bless your heart!!

    São Paulo, Brazil

  157. Jill Price says:

    I would LOVE to win! Have been wanting to sign up for this class, but I just don’t feel like its in my budget!

    Billings MT

  158. Lilli Fruge' says:

    Louisville, CO/USA

  159. Marcie L says:

    This is such a wonderful deed!
    Willoughby Hills, OH

  160. RPomeroy says:

    Del Rio, TX

  161. Alex says:

    Alex B
    Springville, UT USA

  162. carrie k says:

    Carrie Kennewick WA

  163. Emma Martin says:

    Emma. Launceston, TAS, Australia.

  164. Angela says:

    How generous!!!
    Angela M
    Pearland, TX

  165. Karin says:

    Karin, Blaine, MN USA

  166. Ashley Koontz says:

    Carlisle PA
    What a generous gift!

  167. Jennifer says:

    San Diego, California

  168. Kirsten j says:

    Sammamish WA

    Just this morning, I paid for my coffee in the drive thru, and handed back the change and said “$5 for the tip jar, and $10 to pay down the line” and the girl said “WOW! You’re AWESOME!” – made me feel good :)

  169. Carrie Merchant says:

    Wake Forest, NC USA

    So cool!

  170. viola oskoboiny says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to win the amazing gift of a spot in your up coming project life class. One way we as a family of seven are serving others is that we are all working together to keep my parents in their own home as per their wishes. They are both 85 and my father has dementia so some days are tough. They have been married for 63 years this December and we want them to continue to sleep in the same bed together cozy and content with their wood stove burning. Some days are challenging with all that goes on in each one of our lives but we believe that it is what is right so we forego other things to make this possible for them. I am a hard core Project Life believer and feel I could learn so much from a class by Becky. My documentation of course involves my parents so one day we can look back and be thankful that we as a family served them and made there last days as happy as possible. Thanks again Jana. Blessings to you and yours this holiday season.

  171. Julie says:

    Round Lake, IL

  172. andrea says:

    that’s such a nice thing!!!
    andrea, gossau, switzerland

  173. Angie Reimer says:

    Edmonds, WA

  174. Crystal says:

    I have heard and seen lots of people paying for the car behind them in the Starbucks drive-thru line. This happened to a co-worker and she was going to pay it foward the next day. It gave her a boost two days in a row.
    Simpsonville, SC

  175. Kim Sanborn says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  176. enza g says:

    Such a wonderful person! Thank you!

  177. Crystal says:

    Crystal E., Canton MI

    Would love to win, that’s amazingly generous of her and so inspiring!!!

  178. Kim Sanborn says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Maple Valley, WA

  179. Susanne N. says:

    Susanne n.
    Plano, TX

  180. Tonya Dodd says:

    Spring Hill, Tn

  181. Bonnie says:

    Phoenix, AZ
    I’m picking up extra toys to give to Toys For Tots.

  182. Britzie says:

    Leesburg, VA

    Thank you and happy holidays!

  183. melissa l. j. says:

    What an awesome thing for her to do…. I’m inspired by her kindness.

    Harrisonburg, VA

  184. Jolene says:

    St. George, UT USA

  185. Tammy B says:

    Victoria BC Canada …. thank you :)

  186. Marja says:

    Luleå, Sweden

  187. Erica says:

    Baltimore, Md.
    Good luck to all! I would love to be a part of something so wonderful!

  188. AllisonK says:

    What kindness! Thank you for inspiring.
    Centerville, Ut

  189. Dawn says:

    Avon Lake, OH

  190. Laura BC says:

    Deephaven, MN

  191. Dawn says:


  192. Rebecca says:

    West Kelowna, BC Canada
    Thank you for your generosity!

  193. Theresa W says:

    Theresa W, Grove City OH

    Last Christmas my husband was laid off and someone at church gave us a gift card for groceries. I didn’t even know that anyone knew of our situation – and it really touched me. My kids were able to pick out special treats (like oreos and ice cream) for our holiday without me worrying about every penny spent. This year I’m excited to be able to do this for another family in need!

  194. Laurel says:

    Laurel Richmond
    Phoenix, AZ

  195. Sara says:

    Wonderful gift!
    Sara, Milan (Italy)

  196. So fun! What a nice gift, Jana! :)

    Chandler, AZ

  197. bdaiss says:

    Hill City, SD

    Thanks so much for the chance!

  198. TracyJ says:

    Mechanicsville, Va

  199. Shannon Duffy says:

    Portland, OR

    What a wonderful thing to do Jana! I have always wanted to take this class, but am not comfortable spending $100 on myself for it when the money could be used for something more important for someone else. Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win my way in.

  200. Sue Wood says:

    Goodyear AZ

  201. Trish says:

    Yorba Linda, CA

  202. JoAnn Marrell says:

    JoAnn Marrell
    Melbourne, FL
    Thank you for this opportunity! This has truly inspired me to do more!!

  203. Maren says:

    Maren, Salt Lake City, UT

  204. Marjorie
    New Zealand

  205. Shannon says:

    Denver, CO USA

  206. Kristi says:

    Wonderful and inspiring!!!

    Mount Crawford, VA

  207. Jen G says:

    Jen G…

  208. Vicki says:

    Spring, Texas/USA

  209. Mari K. says:

    My husband has been very sick for the last few months, he has been unable to work and was put on short-term disability, I had to quit my job to be home and help care for him, money has been tight to say the least. One day we got a card in the mail with no return address and it was not signed. It included a very generous gift card for our grocery store. We were shocked and so grateful. A few days later I was buying groceries with our gift. I noticed the man at the next register was having trouble with his food stamp card, it just wouldn’t go through for some reason. The manager came over and took him up the service desk to call about his card. He only had a few things he was trying to buy, bread, milk, some baby food. After my stuff was paid for, I handed my gift card to the girl at the next register and asked her to let me pay for the man’s groceries. We had been blessed in such a huge way, helping this man in a small way was the least I could do to pay it forward.

  210. Melissa says:

    Amherst, WI
    This is awesome!

  211. Nicole says:

    Avenel, NJ

  212. Lisie Pfeiffer says:

    Candler, NC

    Thank you!!

  213. Marge J says:

    Milford, OH

    Thanks so much! Generosity breeds generosity!!!

  214. Daesa/ Longview WA USA says:

    Fingers crossed!

  215. Brittany says:

    London, Ontario

    Every time we find ourselves at the store buying gifts for family/friends we always make sure to pick up at least one gift for someone in need. We have been donating toys to the Children’s Aid Society this year, as well as food to our local food bank.
    We got a big snow storm a couple weeks ago while we were away and my neighbour cleared our driveway for us before we got back. We made a fresh batch of homemade cookies to thank him.

  216. Brenda Turner says:

    Brenda, Cordele, GA, USA

  217. Audrey Spain says:

    Audrey S.
    Willowick, OH

    My husband and I spent the week volunteering at our church’s Christmas is for Kids program. This program takes donations to buy toys and food baskets to provide local families in need the chance to shop for gifts for their children and provide them with food for a dinner.

  218. Amy Wimer says:

    Amy, Grove City, PA

  219. Jodie Banks says:

    Jodie, Orem, UT

  220. Lori says:

    Castle Rock, CO

    thank you, Jana!

  221. Kisha says:

    Kisha + Fairfield +CA :)

  222. Charlotte Richardson says:

    Jana is such an inspiration! After reading about her “pay it forward” philosophy, I decided to give it a try. While paying for my lunch at a local fast-food restaurant, I included the order of the car behind me. Although it wasn’t much, I hope it brought a smile to the other driver. :)

  223. Kristin Whelan says:

    Kristin, Richmond, VA

  224. Monica
    Nederland, CO
    My grandmother is in a nursing home and we were just discussing what we could make to take to all of the residents since so many of them don’t have family they can spend time with during the holidays.

  225. Karen Moore says:

    Thanks for the chance.
    Garland, TX

  226. Michelle says:

    hagerstown, md

  227. Joyce Wans says:

    Congrats on winning, Jana. And thanks for thinking of passing on your good fortune to someone who needs it more. That’s not me, I just want to thank you for your gracious thoughtfulness.

  228. Alison says:

    Walnut Creek

  229. Tamara says:

    Okotoks, Alberta
    On Christmas Day for the past few years we have gone to the homeless shelter to serve dinner. Our children look forward to this every year. It has become our favorite part of the Christmas season. It’s an opportunity for us to give to those in need. And a great reminder to our family of what is truly important. I know that it has helped us to feel gratitude for what we have and also fills our hearts to overflowing when we serve those who have so little. I am always humbled by the enormous gratitude that is expressed to us for such a small and simple act.

  230. Tammy says:

    Bucyrus, Ohio
    Good Ole USA

  231. Michelle says:

    This is very inspiring and thought provoking – thank you for this chance of winning.
    Johannesburg, South Africa

  232. Trish thomas says:

    what a great gift, thanks!

  233. Ashley Cook says:

    Lehi, UT

  234. Jennifer Monroe says:

    Southside, AL

  235. Holly says:

    West Haven, UT

  236. Theresa M. says:

    Encinitas, CA

  237. Nicky from Okotoks says:

    Okotoks, AB, Canada

  238. Holly says:

    Snoqualmie, WA

  239. Skye says:

    Bountiful, Utah

  240. Aimee says:

    Des Moines, Iowa USA

  241. Irene Sterquelle says:

    Irene Sterquelle
    New York, New York

  242. Jill says:

    Edmonds, WA

  243. Tara says:

    What an awesome give-away!
    Our family contributes by selecting names from the angel trees, both for children and older folks in the nursing home, and purchasing gifts. Some want so little – it teaches us to be thankful for what we have!

    Luverne, MN USA

  244. Sylvia Faulkner says:

    Mint Hill NC

  245. Jody says:

    Sherwood park, Alberta Canada

  246. Jaque says:

    Jaque | Regina, SK | Canada

  247. Susan Manohar says:

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  248. Gina Myers says:

    Thank you so much for the generosity
    Gina Myers
    Urbandale Iowa USA

  249. Luanna R says:

    Luanna Scottsdale, Az

    Our neighbors husband passed away two years ago. She sent me a text asking if she could pay my husband and I to go over and put up Christmas lights on her house. That she and her 3 sons didn’t feel like it was Christmas without lights. Well, my husband and I went and bought lights and snuck over to her house to put them up. My 9 year old son came with us to help. When my neighbor came out and saw what we were doing, she started crying. The best part was my son got to experience what it was like to give selflessly and see tears of complete and udder JOY!!!! He loved the experience and wants to do more things to help people and see tears of JOY. :)

  250. Jennifer says:

    San Francisco, CA

  251. Anne says:

    Verona, WI

    Our youngest son underwent a successful bone marrow transplant 15 years ago at the age of 15 months. We were the recipient of numerous acts of kindness during his medical journey. The best act of kindness came from his donor, Mark, who gave Ty a second chance at life!

  252. Laura says:

    Jamestown, CA

  253. Skye says:

    How wonderful of Jana to pay it forward. I’ve been inclined to give a small something as a token of appreciation to those that have helped us 1 way or another this year. A little appreciation goes a long way as sometimes thank you is never enough!

    Las Vegas, NV

  254. Kerrin Norman says:

    Smithville, Ontario

  255. Bryan says:

    Bryan Las Vegas, NV

    I would RAK this to my wife. She’s been talking about wanting to take this class again but can’t afford it. Last year when she tried to take it, unfortunately she was recovering from surgery and wasn’t in the right place to take it.

  256. Lisa Lahiff, Carlisle, OH

    While I would love to take your class, if I were to win I would love to give my seat to my sister… she really wants to start scrapbooking, but has never felt she had the time… recently I introduced her to your project life kits, but since I don’t do project life myself it is hard for me to explain to her the whole concept and how she can make it work for her… this class would be an amazing gift for me to be able to share with her, thanks for the chance!

  257. Missy C says:

    Missy C
    Southbury CT 06488

    Inspired to keep paying it forward – thanks Jana!

  258. Beth says:

    Columbus, Indiana
    What a wonderful thing to do! My family will be taking cookies to some employees at a Starbucks who have to work on Christmas.

  259. LouAnn V. says:

    How generous.

    Chino, CA

  260. Rachel says:

    As awesome as it was for Kari to pay it forward, I dont want to seem negative here but isn’t the money that she would have received going back to Becky anyway. Isn’t that where the money goes when people pay for this course. Yes someone gets to win a free course but that’s not really giving to someone in need. Someone going hungry or with a fatal disease or something like that seems they would need it more. Even a cancer patient in hospital could receive a PL care package. I just don’t see how Kari’s generosity is being used to its fullest here. Sorry. :(

  261. Sarah Kimbrell says:

    Kansas City, MO USA

  262. Roni nelsen says:

    What a nice thing to do for others! Truly in the Christmas spirit, thanks so much for the chance to win.

  263. Kristy says:

    Kristy In Northport, Alabama USA!

  264. dawn says:

    WOW!! What a generous gift this is, THANK YOU JANA!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    The kids and I have bought and sent presents for Christmas Child thru church and taken names off our giving tree at church, donated food at the schools and at our food center. I always want to do more, I love giving and do as much as we can afford to. Baking goodies and helping our friends/family/neighbors all year round is always a hit.

    Thank you for this chance to win, I want to take the class but no funds right now.
    Dawn M
    Madison, OH

  265. Chris says:

    Fort Wayne, IN

  266. Kathy Henry says:

    Gray, Saskatchewan, Canada

    What a wonderful gift she is giving!
    Thank you! It would be great for me as I am a PL beginner.

  267. Deiga says:

    Redlands, CA

    very thoughtful and kind thing to do!

  268. Andrea Petersen says:

    Andrea, Beaumont, Ca, USA

  269. Kimberly S says:

    Kimberly S.
    Quinby, VA

    This holiday season we have been blessed to help several families in our area beginning with Thanksgiving. We helped to provide food for needy families in our community. In addition, through work, we adopted a foster child and helped to provide Christmas gifts. It is a wonderful feeling to help others! Thank you so much to Jana for the opportunity to take, what I believe will be an inspiring class!

  270. Laura S says:

    Laura Cedarburg WI

  271. Charline says:

    Quebec, QC

    I have been blessed for having a wonderful Mother in law since she came almost everyday for a year to help me with my twins babies since I already had 2 little boys.

  272. Leah McCormack says:

    St. Catharines, Ontario

  273. Saige says:

    Saige Givvens
    VIC, Australia.

    What a beautiful act of kidness. Particularly at this time of year when everyone would like a little extra money in their own hands. Being kind is sort of my life mantra, I believe being kind can change someone’s day, improve someone’s week or even change someone’s life. I however don’t believe there should be ‘random’ acts of kindness because I do not believe that kindness should be a random thing, but sadly it is rarer than it should be.

    • Rachel says:

      I completely agree with you. Kindness should be automatic. So should helping someone in need when you can and not expecting something in return. God loves a cheerful giver. This we should ALL live by. :)

  274. Christa says:

    How gracious! Christa Pearland Tx…would love to win.

  275. Amanda damiano says:

    Amanda damiano
    Pembroke Ontario
    This is really inspiring I hope more people pay it forward!

  276. Jennifer K says:

    Would LOVE to take this class, but not in our budget right now, so would be a fabulous treat! (Jennifer, Prescott AZ USA) Tomorrow I am going with my parents to wrap presents that will be given to veterans around our town, and later (with my husband/kids) we plan to help deliver them.

  277. Heather M says:

    Enfield, CT

  278. Heather says:

    Heather – Pine Knoll Shores, NC USA

  279. Alissa Yoder says:

    Midland, MI

  280. Theresa Musni says:

    Thank you for being a blessing for others.
    Theresa, Singapore

  281. Mony Baumgartner says:

    Monica Naperville, IL. USA

  282. Kimberly S. says:

    Kimberly S.- That’s me
    Warrensburg, MO

    Thanks Jana!

  283. Nicole says:

    Manila, Philippines

  284. Megan Dirnbeck says:

    St. Louis, MO

  285. Amy says:

    Dover, Delaware

  286. Sharon says:

    Las Vegas, NV

    Simply a beautiful gesture from the heart!

  287. Cheryl :) says:

    Keytesville, MO

    What a wonderful gift! Thank you Jana and Becky.

  288. Yasmin says:

    That is so nice! Our family each chose a name from the giving tree at church to buy a Christmas gift for. Thank you for the chance to win

  289. Mary says:

    Fort Wayne Indiana USA

  290. Gina says:

    How sweet of Jana! Gina, Northborough, MA

  291. lisa in OKC, OK/USA says:

    Thanks. What a nice thing to do!!!

  292. Kayla Chapman says:

    Perth, Australia
    What a beautiful thing to see this time of the year (or any).
    Thanks Jana for your kind heart.

  293. Annie says:

    Prior Lake, Minnesota

  294. Cynthia Vermilyea says:

    Thanks for paying it forward! My family and I adopt children every Christmas who are in need. Helps to teach my kids the real meaning of this wonderful season. :)
    Rosendale, NY

  295. Katherine says:

    Bonnyville Alberta Canada

  296. Kerrie Anderson says:

    What a very generous & sweet person! Bless her heart!

  297. Ani says:

    Glendale CA

  298. Laurie says:

    Houston, Texas

  299. Carrie Tatreau says:

    Carrie T
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    We volunteer once or twice a month at an organization that feeds a sack supper to kids who receive a free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school but do not have food enough at home to eat dinner. It is sad to know how many kids in our own community would go to bed hungry if not for this organization. .

  300. CathyL. says:

    What a wonderful idea!

  301. Leanne Balfour-Smith says:

    What a beautiful person Jana is!

    Melbourne, Victoria

  302. Sally says:

    Woods Cross, Utah

  303. Suzie McClintick says:

    Erie, CO USA

    My husband and I buy small gifts and give them anonymously to Mother’s – why? Because Mothers always put others before themselves and often go without in order for others to have what they want.

  304. Cathy says:

    Colorado Springs, CO

  305. Pamela J says:

    Derby KS

  306. Kari b says:


    Fargo, ND

  307. Lynn M says:

    Lynn M
    Wheaton, IL

  308. Kelly says:

    Aventura FL. US

  309. Jenn says:

    What an amazing way to pay it forward. Thank you, Jana for this chance to be a part of this class. I will do my own RAK for another person tomorrow!

    Berlin, CT

  310. Mary Beth says:

    Gilbert, AZ USA

  311. Jennifer says:

    Arvada, CO USA

  312. kathy says:

    daegu, Korea. We are fortunate in that we do not need for material things, we have an abundance. We have a great home and community.Our only need is family connection home is so far away. We miss them and have to work to keep family ties strong, This Christmas we selected 2 children from the church angel tree, we were late and the only names left were older children who we I think may be special needs from the local orphanage, at first it was a disappointment and then I realized that this wasn’t about about building good feelings about the “nice” thing we were doing, it should be about bringing joy to a child or youth. we went back and got more cards and bought clothes, a treat to eat and a toy that could be played with by a developmentally delayed child for each child and youth.

  313. Susan M. says:

    Susan M.
    Wenonah, NJ

  314. Lori says:

    Kettering, OH

    A few years ago, money was incredibly tight and our water heater went out. The man who came out to service us we needed a new one. I said thanks for the info, but we don’t have the money right now. He got on the phone for a minute, then told me that he had one that had been returned (because the person didn’t like it) and he could provide it to us at no charge. He came out on his personal time to install the new water heater. It was such a blessing! My husband and I have always been grateful for this gentleman and we have taken any chance we have to bless someone else in need.

  315. Kim says:

    Thanks for the chance!
    Webster, NY

  316. Priya Mohan says:

    Irving, TX, USA
    I am so inspired by Jana’s kindness!..hope to pass it forward to someone today.

  317. Irene Gaona says:

    WOW! Thank you Jana!
    Irene / Laredo,TX / USA

  318. Mandy P. says:

    Union City, CA

  319. Carol White says:

    Saint Charles, MO

    • Carol White says:

      We do different things such as paying for the person behind us in the fast food/drink line and providing “Christmas” to an 8 year old girl through the Cheyenne River Project and our church. We volunteer at church and help, in a small way, to support our church’s Nakabango, Uganda mission project.

      I’ve loved reading most of the responses, but saddened that some acts are being questioned as “not quite good enough”. I think we can decide what acts of kindness we would like to participate in and everyone deserves to have some random kindness come their way, even Starbucks employees. I hope all comments from here on down are positive and uplifting. Thank you, Jana, for your generosity.

    • Rachel says:

      I agree with you. I did not mean that they don’t deserve kindness. Just that they have food at their disposal and in the spirit of giving there are more needy people. Even the most wealthy of people need kindness, it can soften even the hardest of hearts. Was not meaning they didn’t deserve. Sorry if taken the wrong way.

  320. Donna Hamrick says:

    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity Jana and Becky !!

    Greenwood SC

  321. Libbi Mooore says:

    Libbi M.
    Ashland, Oregon

  322. ana roat says:

    This year I will be calling the surviving spouses of patients we lost this year. Many are elderly and alone. I believe that a kind word about someone that has past shows true compassion and the love of Christ.

    Wishing you a lovely Christmas and Happy New year!

    Tracy, CA

    • Rachel says:

      That is awesome. I lost a son 3 1/2 years ago and kind words from a friend still helps. The grief and loss are felt every day but a kind word makes a huge difference. Good on you.

  323. Stephanie M says:

    Stories like this help me continue to believe in hope and peace.

    Stephanie M
    Sewickley, PA USA

  324. Joanne says:

    Hanscom AFB, MA 01731

  325. Joye B. says:

    Cincinnati, OH

  326. Terrie Dodd says:

    Terrie in AZ
    Phoenix, AZ

  327. Deonne says:

    Lansing, MI
    How wonderful!

  328. Ruth says:

    You are an inspiration Jana and I have also been inspired by Becky.


  329. Rebekah says:

    Adelaide, Australia

  330. Ashley S.
    Maricopa, AZ

    We like to choose families in need to share a “surprise Christmas” with, which we leave on their doorstep (knock and run). It’s our favorite part of Christmas. We’re also starting to only give our kids five presents for Christmas – something they want, something to wear, something they need, something to read and something to give (money they give to the charity of their choice). I saw this idea online this year and really loved it, especially the “something to give” one.

  331. Bradley says:

    Eau Claire Wisconsin

    Truly inspiring!

  332. sylvia says:

    I recently purchased my first project life kit. I would love a seat in your class to help me get started.
    Thank you
    Whittier, CA USA

  333. How touching for Jana to do that. When we give freely then it comes back ten fold. Many blessings to her.

  334. Katie M says:

    Katie Mitchell
    Farmington, UT

  335. Emily L says:

    Round Rock, TX

    When I was uber sick, I had a flood of people offer meals, babysitting & other help–and so many followed through. Brought me to tears!

    • Rachel says:

      These are the sort of comments we need to see on here. Those who received not about those who give. We give out of want and ability to help others who are down, not for a pat on the back. Good on you. Keep going. There are lots of wonderful people out there willing to help and stay anonymous.

  336. Michelle Duffin says:

    So sweet of you.

  337. Kristine L says:

    Newbury Park, CA

  338. Von says:

    What a wonderful way to pay it forward! Thanks for the chance to win!

  339. Victoria says:

    What an amazing RAK! I would love to win. Victoria – Melbourne, Australia

  340. Tami L. says:

    Tami L.
    Trabuco Canyon, CA

  341. Nicole B says:

    Nicole B.

    Your post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! I decided today to make my New Year’s resolution 52 weeks of Random Acts of Kindness. I cannot wait to see what people post to get some ideas! Also, would love to win this amazing prize.

  342. Sarka says:

    Gorham, ME

  343. Cindy Jones Lantier says:

    Cindy — Whittier, CA

  344. Maria says:

    Corvallis, OR

  345. Christine says:

    Lakewood, WA

  346. Rebecca B says:

    What a beautiful picture Jana! Thank you for the opportunity to win a place in Becky’s class.
    Rebecca B.
    Brisbane, Australia.

  347. Julia Felix says:

    woow I would love to join this class and community!
    Basel, Switzerland, EU

  348. Dana Klinkner says:

    Vancouver, WA

  349. funkibubl - Rachel Morris says:

    Rachel, Lota, Qld, Australia

  350. Mélanie Poutrain says:

    My husband and I are trying to help members of our family, fighting for preserving their jobs. It means double job for us, but we give everything we can…
    Thanks for the chance to enroll this class.

  351. Kirsten says:

    Kirsten, Munich/ Germany

    I have been blessed with pregnancy this year, had some difficulties in the beginning so I had to lay down all the time. My friend stopped by and brought me homecooked meals, saved my day!

  352. Mary says:

    Kenosha, WI

    What a beautiful heart! Thank you for the opportunity!

  353. Crystal Boynton says:

    Crystal Boynton
    Cape Coral, FL

    Such a wonderful thing to do!

  354. Kim says:

    Thankyou for the inspiration!

    Tamworth, NSW, Australia.

  355. Carol Greenwald says:

    Jefferson, LA

  356. Sara says:

    Sara, Milan (Italy)

  357. Katy says:

    Wow, this is truly what the season is all about! We tend to forget in the bustle but Jana brought it all back. Thanks for the chance to win.

  358. Melissa Jones says:

    Melissa Bankstown/NSW Australia

  359. Peggy says:

    Thank you Jana for this chance.
    Peggy T
    Trégunc – FRANCE

  360. Meredith Abramowski says:

    Meredith A
    Brookfield, WI

  361. Frida says:

    Frida T, Storvreta, SWEDEN

  362. Jenny says:

    Sounds great!
    Merry Christmas!

  363. stephanie says:

    Franklin, TN

  364. Julia says:

    Julia M.
    Elroy, WI

  365. Carla kelly says:

    So inspiring! Thanks to all of you who inspire me everyday to document my family’s life. The Blogs and Links featured here help me everyday. Happy Holidays!

  366. Carolina says:

    Mesa, AZ

  367. Peggy says:


    Auburn, NE

  368. Diana says:

    Morgantown, KY

  369. Mary-Lou says:

    Mary-Lou, Guelph, ON Canada

  370. AnnElise says:

    AnnElise R.
    Gulfport, MS

  371. Suzanne says:

    My husband has been in a nursing home for three years. I photograph all the events there and scrapbook them for all the other residents, their families, and the staff to enjoy. They post my work on a bulletin board in the activities/dining room. My husband has lost nearly all his long term memory. Scrapbooking has helped him to remember and/or recall important events in our 53-year marriage. Posting the pages on Facebook allows friends and family who do not live closeby to still be involved in our daily lives.

  372. Cassie Hardy says:


    Cary, NC USA

  373. Kendra says:

    Los Banos, CA

  374. Stephanie says:

    The world is full of beautiful people – thank you for the reminder :)
    Moultonborough, NH

  375. Irina says:

    Irina T, Moscow Russia

  376. TanyaS says:

    San Jose, CA

  377. Robyn Johnson says:

    Love everything about project life. My daughter in law and I are making my son a missionary book for Christmas, so glad we can put this together quickly. thank you.

  378. Robyn Johnson says:

    Love everything about project life.

  379. Leslie says:

    How cool Jana! I am a firm believer in paying it forward as well!

    Leslie from Kempton,PA

  380. Laura B says:

    I am working on finding stocking stuffers….$10 toward different organizations.
    One that represents the interest of that family member. :)

  381. Penny says:

    Clay, NY

  382. Stephanie E. says:

    Stephanie E.
    Tulsa, OK

  383. Michelle Evans says:

    Henderson, Nevada, USA

  384. Shirlene G. says:

    Shirlene G.
    Owasso, OK

  385. Michelle Evans says:

    Henderson, Nevada. USA

  386. Linda Carter says:

    Would love the chance to take your class. Thank you, Jana!

  387. Brooke from Delaware, Ohio, USA

    As a family we do different things to bless others and we also receive blessings – but a personal story to me: I have been doing some photography (although I’m backing away from it after my last couple of sessions are done being edited) and there is a family that lives on my street that has a unique backyard with a creek in it. It is a wonderful place with great light. I kindly asked them if I could “borrow” their yard here and there for photo sessions. They have allowed me to do this for a couple of years. I wanted to repay them by taking their family photos this year (a free session with a free disk of edited images). So we had the session this fall and it was so fun! Also found out that they are fellow Christians. Cool! Just the other day I receive a Christmas card from them (which used photos from our session), and a super kind note with very kind words – AND a generous gift card to a department store, Kohl’s, thanking me for their photographs. So this was totally unexpected because I was trying to thank THEM. Warms my heart!

    Well, I’m working on simplifying – including backing away from digital scrapbook designing and client photography and just sticking with freelance graphic design. This class seems very interesting and inspiring :)

  388. Elina says:

    Elina Hellsten
    Tampere, Finland

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  389. Carol says:


  390. Lisa says:

    Windsor, NS, Canada – So thoughtful, especially this time of year! I haven’t documented our life in quite some time (over 2 years) due to illness and came to your blog today for inspiration – and inspiration I received! Thank you so much!

  391. Dionne says:

    Surrey BC

  392. Marie says:

    Wow what a nice gesture!
    Marie, Finspang, Sweden

  393. Heather L. says:

    Heather L.
    Mentor, OH

  394. Gail Slagle says:

    Sargent, Nebraska USA

    I always purchase local gift cards/certificates and send to the less fortunate “from Santa Claus” It helps our little local town and brings a smile to my face to do this.

    Would love to win this :)

  395. Jess says:

    Jessica – Campbellsville, KY

  396. Jen T says:

    Jen Taylor
    Iola, KS

  397. Karynn Anderson says:

    Waterford, MI

  398. Denise B says:

    How generous! And we too love to RAK others.

    New Holland, PA

  399. Damarys Camorlinga says:

    Thank you for the opportunity my four year old is my biggest inspiration to do Project Life, thank you for inspiring us to keep recording it

  400. Lisa says:

    Concord, NC

  401. Cheryl A says:

    Our family bought a llama through World vision for children in South America.
    Thank you.
    Cheryl A
    Jacksonville FL

  402. Sheri says:

    Cheney, WA, USA

  403. Sherri says:

    Sherri – Cottonwood, CA. USA
    Thank u for the generous giveaway! Happy Holidays to all (:

  404. Yvonne says:

    Tucson AZ

  405. Katie says:

    Thank you Jana!

    This year, my husband and I picked two Angel ornaments from our church’s Christmas tree. We bought clothes + shoes + toys for two children in our community. They are the gifts we are most excited about this year, I so hope the children who receive them have a wonderful Christmas!

    Baton Rouge, LA

  406. Laura G. says:

    I always carry cash to put into the Salvation Army buckets in front of the store…so many people pass these by…and I feel putting a few dollars in the bucket gives the bell ringer a good feeling too! we also give to the local Help them to Hope and my work adopts a family to help…Little things, yes, but they add up and are mean the world to the people who need them!!

  407. Florence Webb says:

    Florence, Zion, IL, USA

  408. Nancy says:

    Indianapolis, IN
    if i should win, i would give the class to my future daughter-in-law who is a project lifer, too!

  409. Aimee says:

    Aimee G.
    Gilbert, AZ

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  410. Renae says:

    Los Angeles, CA

  411. Mary Thomas says:

    I have a HUGE stash of scrapbooking supplies (like many of us). After seeing the effects of budget cut on state funded mental health facilities, I realized I could help. I got guidelines from the staff on what was, wasn’t allowed and donated 3 boxes of crafty items. In addition I go there once a week to lead creative sessions, and we make things. The patients love it. Some people are so medicated they can hardy hold the paper, but the staff has told me they all love the things they create. Maybe a journal, a card etc. It is little effort on my part and makes a huge difference to someone else. It is not entirely a selfless gesture. When I leave there, sometimes I actually cry at how lucky I am and that even with all of life’s problems, I am truly blessed. They help me as much as I help them. I hope all you crafters reading this will check out things for yourself. Especially the smaller counties …. maybe you can make a difference too, and help yourself at same time. I promise you will not regret it.

    On a political note: We don’t need to restrict gun ownership – we need to help the mentally ill.

    Folsom, CA

  412. Diana says:

    Temple City,Ca
    Our family makes homemade cookies for the teachers, coaches and coworkers in our lives at Christmas. Even dad and our teenage sons help roll dough. This year we made peanut butter blossoms, salted caramel coconut thumbprint cookies and Rachael Ray fudge.

  413. Debbie says:

    Sugar Land, TX USA

  414. Kathryn Benfiet says:

    I love this and totally embrace the pay it forward. Our daughter is in the military and we have found that many of her fellow Marines don’t have family or receive “care packages” so we send extra boxes and goodies and let our daughter choose who to share them with.

  415. Katy B. says:

    Ashburn, VA
    We always love to participate in any giving trees at the holidays (through Salvation Army or others). My mom started that when I was younger and I still love to do that with my kids.
    Also, for the last few Christmases, I’ve done fundraising with a wonderful international Down syndrome adoption ministry called Reece’s Rainbow. (www.reecesrainbow.org ) We have a 7 year old with DS and I’ve always wanted to find a way to help those children around the world whose societies largely shut them away and most are abandoned by parents at birth. We fundraise for a particular child to help with the adoption costs when a family comes forward to adopt that child (cause adoption is not cheap of course!). When we do this, it really helps me focus on what me and my children really need – we can forgo a few extra gifts if it means helping a child with special needs find a family and have the life they deserve and that we so easily take for granted.

  416. Kara Swaney says:

    Marysville, Washington

  417. Leah Pedersen says:

    Villa Park, IL

  418. Angela says:

    Angela W.
    Clarksville, TN

  419. Renee says:

    Rochester, NY

  420. Nicole Hulst says:

    Cedar Rapids, IA USA

    I recently joined a moms’ club and the generosity and welcome that I’ve felt this holiday season has been so wonderful. Their kindness has made me feel so good about the world.

  421. Denise says:

    Bourbonnais, IL

  422. Andi says:

    Andi R
    Moore, OK

  423. Sarah Zottl says:

    It warms my heart and restores my faith in the wondrous nature of humanity. We focus so much on the evil and sadness in the world. I think we also need to celebrate the love and good deeds that touch our lives every day. I am grateful to Jana for being such a beautiful spirit.

  424. Sarah says:

    Rolling Hills, AB, Canada

  425. Kim says:

    Sault Ste Marie, Canada

  426. Wendy Elliot says:

    Las Vegas, NV Thanks for the chance to win!! I want to win a spot for my sister, I already bought my spot!

  427. Heather Seeley says:

    Thank you Jana for your generosity! If you pull my name, please pull another and give it to the next person!

    Merry Christmas Becky Higgins and Staff!

  428. Donna says:

    What a generous gift!

    Rockwall TX USA

  429. Sally says:

    What a wonderful gesture by Jana!
    I deliver meals to home-bound senior citizens and organize delivery of pet food to those seniors. I know I get more out of doing this than the Seniors do. :)
    Sally, Citrus Hills, FL, USA

  430. Jaime P. says:

    Philadelphia, PA
    Thanks for the chance to win – such a great idea – random acts of kindness. I will keep it on my mind and pay it forward!

  431. Laura Hindmarsh says:

    Tomball, TX, USA

  432. Teri M says:

    Teri M
    Owenton KY

  433. Michelle Allred says:

    Michelle Allred
    Burlington, NC

  434. Foxy Lafon says:

    Lafayette, IN

  435. Regina Ellison says:

    Weaverville, NC

  436. NMC2 says:

    Nathalie, Nantes FRANCE

  437. Susan Eardley says:

    st. george, utah

  438. Angela G says:

    Angela; Glendale, AZ

  439. Stacey says:

    Anacortes, WA

  440. april says:

    Englewood Colorado

  441. Dee Cummins says:

    I would love to be in Becky’s class. Thanks, Jana. You’re my hero.

  442. Jessica says:

    Jessica S.



    Thanks for the kind opportunity1

  443. Janna says:

    Yacolt WA
    Thank you! i would love to take your class!!

  444. Jennifer Key says:

    Jennifer K.
    Atascadero, Ca. USA

  445. Loree says:

    My husband’s request for Christmas for the past several years has been that anyone wanting to give him gifts would instead purchase toys for Toys for Tots. There is a local charity, Angels Among Us (for families of children being treated for cancer), where I’ve directed people who wish to gift me. I’ve literally cried tears of joy for the generosity of those people who have donated! We’ve also supported our county Food Pantry and taken names from the Adopt-a-Family tree at church. This year, my 10 year old chose her own tag from the tree. Love her precious, giving heart!

    I don’t “need” a seat in Becky’s class, so I’m hoping it goes to someone who does. Thank you to Jana for her generous RAK.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  446. Linda S says:

    What a wonderful act of kindness. Thanks for a chance.

    Menahga, MN USA

  447. Laura Fitz says:

    Peoria, Az USA

  448. Christin Dukes says:

    How very generous of Jana! My family is going together to write thank you letters for our local food bank. They receive so much help from people and companies that they need help to write thank yous. It will be a wonderful experience for me and my children to giveback. My 16 yr old son and his friends went to the nursing home to play bingo and sing Christmas carols with the residents.

    Christin Dukes
    Taylor, MI

  449. Karen Troup says:


  450. Karen Troup says:

    Wow. Harrisburg, PA

  451. Caitlin says:

    Pepperell, MA

  452. Cindy Borcherding says:

    New Haven, MO USA

  453. Veronica Padilla says:

    Wow! That’s a great idea!

    Thanks for this opportunity.

    Chowchilla, California USA

  454. Susan W. says:

    Susan, New London, MN ~ paying it forward to people in my community during the Christmas season ♥

  455. Brandee Evart says:

    Las Vegas, NV

    Wow! Thank you for thinking of others!! You are amazing!

  456. Judy says:

    Judy – Huntsville, Utah United States of America – Thanks for this chance.

  457. Donna U says:

    So, generous – thank you!

    Donna U
    Edmonton AB Canada

  458. Theresa says:

    Salineville, Ohio USA

    So nice of her to pass her gift on to someone else. It is sure to make someone happy.
    I try to bring about some happiness every time my clogging group dances at the different nursing homes. The residents love it.

  459. Elizabeth A says:

    What a wonderful gesture! I try to do a RAK every single day…just simple little things like letting the person behind me in line go in front of me at the grocery store.

  460. April says:

    April ~ Romney, IN/USA

  461. Terri Wilkinson says:

    Benbrook, TX

  462. Katie says:

    What a wonderful idea!

    Severna Park, MD

  463. Jessica Burnes says:

    Jessica Burnes
    Canberra, ACT, Australia

  464. Alycia S. says:

    Alycia, Fort Wayne, IN, USA
    Thanks to Jana for blessing someone through sharing this rak giveaway. I would enjoy taking the class, particularly as my husband and I are working on our family’s history. We’re building on research that my dad and his mom have done; both of them have passed on now so we’re picking up where they left off. As a family we support a local Christmas family through our church, making sure that the family has a good Christmas, food and clothing to help meet their needs and a few gifts to make the day special. We also support Toys for Tots and local charities that work with children & youth in our community. Christmas is about children and families for us.

  465. Jessica says:

    I was just introduced to project life by Autumn Nguyen, one of the designers for 2014 – congrats again Autumn! I have all these photos of my baby girl and have done nothing with them. I’m so excited to be putting all the images into an album/scrapbook for her to look back on. Great product!

    Oxnard, CA

  466. Susan says:

    This year, my 12 year old daughter and 10 of her friends raised money to purchase gifts for children whose parents cannot afford to buy any presents. We had a bake sale – through the generosity of friends, family and people in our community, we raised almost $700 in just 3 hours! It was so heartwarming to see so many people give to such an amazing cause. The girls had the best time purchasing gifts for the children – they were amazed that most of the children were asking for clothes and shoes! I think it really opened the eyes of my daughter and her friends to see just how truly blessed they are!! It also made them realize how much joy we can get by giving to others! I already purchased your class, so, if I win, please pay it forward and pick another person. Merry Christmas!

  467. LauraM says:

    Park Ridge, IL

  468. Julie DeGuia says:

    Kennewick, WA

  469. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Chesterfield, VA USA

  470. Pam S. says:

    Jana, what a beautiful thing to do to offer up a spot in Becky’s class!
    Our family looks for opportunities through the year to help those who are struggling in some way. We always find that in helping others, WE are the ones who end up being truly blessed!

    Concord, NC

  471. Kate Javier says:

    What a beautiful heart. Thanks for sharing your blessing, Jana.

    Brisbane, Australia.

  472. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Spring Valley, CA

  473. windy mocko says:

    this year we participated in the shoe box Christmas project – my son really enjoyed picking things that a boy his own age would love to play with or need.

  474. Autumn says:

    We have collected gifts and given them to those in need

  475. Julie says:

    Soda Springs, Idaho USA

  476. Karen P says:

    Karen P
    Richland, Washington

  477. Ainslie H says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    Perth, Western Australia

  478. Elia says:

    Elia in Gig Harbor, Wa

  479. Segolene says:

    Ségolène , Brussels, Belgium

  480. Carrie says:

    Mt Gambier, SA, Australia

  481. Juliette Perkins says:

    Juliette Perkins, Easteigh, Hampshire, United Kingdom

  482. Samantha M says:

    Sydney, NSW Australia.

  483. J3SS1C4 says:

    Sydney, Australia

    Thank you for the chance to win! Jana truly is an amazing and generous woman to be so giving like this! It’s inspiring to see :-)

    I’d love to win this to give to my mum. She’s always saying she wants to get into Project Life, and this would give us some crafty time together doing something fun and meaningful! I took the class last year and it was great, and I’m sure she’d love it as well!

  484. Brynn Rogers says:

    Murphy, TX

  485. Traci Springfield MO says:

    I would love a chance to win a spot in this class. My family has been very blessed this year by family and friends.

  486. sonia says:

    Sunnyvale, CA

  487. Debbie S says:

    Debbie S, Greenville, SC. Thank you for the chance to win–and the awesome inspiration. I’m inspired to look for a RAK today!

  488. Andrea B. says:

    My young daughters and I have the “One Good Deed a Day” journal and we have been selecting things from here to do randomly. It is further connecting us to our neighbors and our community and we are having fun doing it!
    Spokane WA USA

  489. Pam says:

    This would be great…

    Longmont CO

  490. Trish says:


    Yorba Linda, CA

  491. Tina says:

    Tina, Dundas, Ontario, Canada

  492. Judy R says:

    Judy R
    Princeton, MN

    (Jana….Thank you!)

  493. Jennifer Wiltrout says:

    Jennifer Wiltrout
    Coarsegold, CA USA

  494. Kasondra F. says:

    Kasondra F.
    Nashville, TN

  495. Carmen says:

    Round Lake Beach, IL

  496. Janet says:

    Wow, what an amazing heart! My name is Janet from HIllsborough, NJ. Would be amazing to win!

  497. Vicki Hetheringotn says:


  498. Kathy Reid says:

    Spanish Fork, UT We always provide Christmas for a homeless person with mental health issues. It is all anonymous so we don’t know them and they don’t know us but it feels so good to give to someone who could use some joy in their life.

  499. Mary says:

    What a wonderful gift! Thank you.

  500. Mary says:

    Oops! Hit enter before I was done providing the correct information. Mary from Vancouver, WA

  501. Tami says:

    Tami – OKC, OK, USA

  502. Kelly Haskey says:

    I would truly enjoy this chance to win. My life has changed so much in the past year. I have been seperated from my husband for over a year now and yes I am much happier but I am not able to afford the fun things in life anymore as I am supporting myself but my passion for scarpbooking and documenting my life hasn’t changed. I still love to take photos and am hoping to use project life as a tool to get my self caught up on my scrapbooking. My son and his activities will still contiune and I would love to take this class.

  503. Jenny says:

    Tuscaloosa, AL USA

  504. Vanessa says:

    Hi, I’m Vanessa from Chicago, IL and I would love to win! Obviously :)

  505. Joyce says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to take your class. Salt Lake City Utah

  506. Stacy C. says:

    Denver, CO

    *crossing fingers now*

  507. karen says:

    thank you Jana for this….If I get chosen, please give the gift to the next person you pull out…..I’d love to win the class but paying it forward to someone who would love to use the class sounds wonderful…

  508. Melissa Raphael says:

    Stuart, Florida

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  510. TulipLaurie says:

    Mount Vernon, WA

  511. Kaitlin says:

    Denver, CO

  512. jeff f. says:

    As a homeless veteran just a few years ago, thanks to the V A., I am glad to know there r people like u out their who care. I could really use yr help this Thanksgiving or Chritmas. Pls call 260-205-1033. Jeff