A local family has one mission every August. That is to pay it forward every day and help those out who least expect it, and you can be a part of this movement.

There's no better feeling than doing something for someone...for no reason whatsoever. Just to show kindness and respect. That's exactly what the McDaniel family has done every August for over 10 years now. These folks have been brightening people's day for quite some time now but on a personal note, Kristi McDaniel has been demonstrating the meaning of being a good person to be my whole life.

Kristi lost her son, Blake, in August of 2006. Blake was the first friend I ever had. From running around in diapers, to watching Power Rangers like it was our job, we did a lot together during our childhood. Kristi has always been like a second mother to me, and quite honestly she is one of the strongest people that I have ever met.

Since the loss of Blake, she has started a group called Blake's Soul Shine Brigade. This  group does a lot in the community, and one of the main things they strive to do is pay it forward. August is their big pay it forward month, and it has become very successful. If you ever receive a random gift and have the picture below attached to it, now you know where that came from.


You're invited to partake in the pay it forward too. Kristi, her family, and friends would love it if you would join and report back so that Blake's sisters especially can see the movement! All you have to do is do something nice for someone. Big or small, it doesn't matter. With so much negativity in the world, doing something good for some one nowadays can go a long way in their life, and also yours. I know that I will be doing my part in paying it forward this month. Will you?

Kristi also founded a group called Picking Up the Pieces. This is a support group for the surviving families and friends of suicide loss. This lady does it all to give back to those who need it most.  What better way to pay it forward with random acts of kindness than to show a random act of kindness to someone who does it year round and asks for nothing in return. That's exactly what I did last year for her. Check it out: