Participate in Coca-Cola’s Pay It Forward Campaign

Coca Cola Pay It Forward

Yesterday, I shared how somebody unexpectedly decided to pay it forward to me while I was contemplating paying it forward to someone else. It was an awesome experience! Now, here’s an opportunity for you to Pay It Forward BIG TIME through the Coca Cola Pay It Forward campaign! Secondly, learn how you can win a $100 AMEX card to help you directly Pay It Forward, like I did at Starbucks, with your family!

Coca-Cola is Paying It Forward

This winter marks the second annual Coca-Cola Pay It Forward campaign that encourages communities to support aspiring young people achieve their dreams! Four lucky nominees will be rewarded with the unique and exciting opportunity for an apprenticeship experience with one of the country’s most respected celebrity history makers:

  1. Business mogul Magic Johnson
  2. Chairman and CEO of BET Networks Debra Lee
  3. Hip hop artist and philanthropist, Common

Nominating a young person to receive a unique and exciting apprenticeship experiences is like no other!

How and Who to NominateCoca Cola Pay It Forward

Parents, relatives, friends and mentors can nominate aspiring youth between the ages of 16-21, now through March 2nd . You can nominate up to five young people (the young person can also nominate himself/herself) and be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 sweepstakes with each nomination!

You Turn for Your Story

Now, I want to encourage each of you to Pay It Forward by nominating a young person in your life! How AWESOME will that person feel to know you nominated then, and imagine if they are one of the winners!? Secondly, find time to do a kind gesture to a stranger or an unexpecting friend. It might be something special for your child’s teacher or soccer coach. Go out of your way and help an deserving individual for no specific reason. To support you in your Pay It Forward activities I will give one lucky reader a $100 AMEX gift card! You can use that gift card as you wish. Maybe you’ll buy a stranger a coffee or the doctor’s office lunch or give the whole card to a person in need. The decision is yours. I do encourage you to get your kids involved. It is a perfect opportunity for them to experience kindness and thoughtfulness. Giveaway entry at the end of post!

Start Paying It Forward Now

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The prize was provided by Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this giveaway.



  1. Mary Happymommy 15 January, 2013 at 21:39 Reply

    I like to give to random strangers. On Sunday I was at the Redbox machine and I had a free code, which I gave to the person behind me. I also hand out free coupons to people in grocery stores. They always look so surprised. I don’t drink coffee but my husband does, and he will often pay for the coffee of the next person in line behind him.

  2. Carolsue 15 January, 2013 at 23:41 Reply

    I collect soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc. from hotel visits and similar items from samples I have sent for and take them to the local women’s shelter.

  3. Wild Orchid 16 January, 2013 at 08:46 Reply

    I will donate my sons baby items to a new mother in need.
    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  4. Louis 18 January, 2013 at 06:40 Reply

    we are donating toys and clothes to the salvation army
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  5. Kookie Kookster 20 January, 2013 at 02:08 Reply

    I will be buying my god sister & god brothers that live in the Dominican Republic some clothes for school!

  6. Carolyn 20 January, 2013 at 06:55 Reply

    I make a habit of paying it forward buy purchasing little things like the Sunday paper for the next person who comes in to buy one after me. A small way to make someone’s day a little better.

  7. ky2here 20 January, 2013 at 08:18 Reply

    Simple. We live in a low income area so it’s common to see people without enough money at the grocery. The next few times I see someone who has to put an item back because they don’t have the cash, I’ll step forward and offer to pay.

  8. April V. 20 January, 2013 at 09:26 Reply

    I helped put together our company’s group for volunteering and helping out the community – giving our employees a central place to go if they want to help out in the community.

  9. Taryn T. 20 January, 2013 at 09:29 Reply

    I recently had a serious medicalcondition, and people brought me home made meals. So helpful! So I will pay it forward by doing the same!

  10. Margaret Smith 20 January, 2013 at 10:20 Reply

    Our church in the spring does a “baby shower”, where you donate new items or diapers for babies and they are given out to people in the community who are having financial difficulties. I would purchase items and donate them to the baby shower.

  11. Judy Estrin 20 January, 2013 at 12:26 Reply

    Donations to the local food bank, volunteer for charities and love to pay grocery bills for senior citizens who are on limited incomes.

  12. Jacob 20 January, 2013 at 14:46 Reply

    I do local theater and improv and we do free shows where we raise money and awareness for various causes. It’s fun and for a good purpose

  13. Don D 20 January, 2013 at 14:51 Reply

    Just being polite to everyone…but I really like the idea someone had of paying for the person behind you in a drive thru.

  14. Stephanie V. 20 January, 2013 at 20:03 Reply

    donate time to our school which doesn’t have enough money to pay sufficient staff and donate toys, money to our local charities

  15. mickeyfan 20 January, 2013 at 20:55 Reply

    I am going to be joining an organization that is very philanthropic in nature. Have been out of the “volunteering” game for a while, look forward to getting back in.

  16. Tammy S 20 January, 2013 at 22:22 Reply

    We donate to our local food bank about every other month. We try to use coupons to buy super deals and then donate them.

  17. Samii Meyer 20 January, 2013 at 23:22 Reply

    Every semester of school I donate tons of canned goods to the local ALC – they then give them to the food shelves, and the kids feel like they helped out for a good cause also!

  18. Jill Myrick 20 January, 2013 at 23:30 Reply

    We have a single mom who lives on our street and recently lost her job that we have been assisting with food, clothing, lights etc.
    We do what we can to make it easier for her while she is looking for work.


  19. Lisa Fonseca 21 January, 2013 at 06:16 Reply

    I am going to be giving tons of stuff away on Craigslist/Freecycle as I have received many items from kind people in my time of need.

  20. Diana C 21 January, 2013 at 11:33 Reply

    I love to volunteer. Now that I’ve moved to a new city, I need to find opportunities to volunteer here.

    I’m used to volunteering my counseling services, but look for other opportunities, too. Volunteer Match is a great site to do that.

    Diana C

  21. Stacey B 21 January, 2013 at 15:25 Reply

    I pay it forward by donating canned goods, and items we no longer use around the house to the local women’s shelter

  22. Crystal F 21 January, 2013 at 15:46 Reply

    I would pay for the bill for the person behind me at the drive thru. I’ve done it before and it felt really good. thank you!

  23. Lean S 21 January, 2013 at 16:30 Reply

    This is a wonderful idea, and I thank you for your generous giveaway. My idea for paying it forward is to use the card to buy interesting books for the students I tutor which will increase their interest in the subject of mathematics. I think many students are intimidated by, or simply uninterested in mathematics, and I want to show students that it is indeed a fascinating subject.

  24. Mary DeBorde 21 January, 2013 at 19:15 Reply

    Starting last year, we put in an organic garden and donated all the excess to various people, and thru a local food bank. THIS upcoming year, weather permitting lol, we plan on doing a larger plot and donating even more. In fact, I sincerely want to be able to open a small FREE stand where all the excess can be put out for anyone who wants some. I love gardening, and giving away the *fruits* of my labor.

  25. mary gardner 21 January, 2013 at 20:20 Reply

    buying diapers for our neighbors with little ones who are having a hard time lately

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  26. Jamie Brigham 21 January, 2013 at 22:36 Reply

    I give away all my clothing that I no longer wear, I gave away all of my sons clothing and boy items to a woman in need and I also sponsor a family every year at Christmas time.

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