Arlington Church Gives Each Member $100 to Pay it Forward

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ARLINGTON, TX - What would you do if you got a surprise hundred dollar bill? A nice dinner out? Maybe a new pair of shoes? Well, Lake Arlington Baptist Church had a different idea.

On Palm Sunday, they gave everyone in the congregation a crisp, clean $100 bill with the directions to “pay it forward."

“What we asked them to do is identify a need either at their school or workplace or neighborhood,” said Pastor Eric Herrstrom. “And use that money to serve that individual or that family.”

The cold hard cash came with some rules. Don't spend it on yourself, obviously! But, it also couldn’t be donated to a charity either.

“We support a lot of charities,” Herrstrom said. “But we wanted the face-to-face interaction. That was kind of the twist to this.”

“It seems easy, the thought to just be able to give away money,” said William Herrera “But, when you really have to establish relationships with people and make sure it is utilized, it takes a little more time.”

But with some thought and some time, the congregants have found people in their lives who could use a helping hand -- from buying diapers for a young mother to 20 $5 Starbucks gift cards for co-workers.

“We are going to help a family that has just moved to Texas,” Sue Flahaut said. “They don't have a lot to start with. So, we're going to use our $100 to help them get their house set up.”

One good deed leads to another.  Where 258 good deeds can lead, who knows?

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