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September 16, 2013

Pay It Forward Carroll County gives to others

Carroll County Facebook page gives to others

Dorothy Kiester received almost 200 cards for her 100th birthday Aug. 14 thanks to a post on a Facebook page.

Card-bombing, or surprising someone with multiple cards at one time, has brought smiles and tears to people who have received the cards, thanks to the Facebook group "Pay It Forward Carroll County."

The group posted a request to send birthday cards to Kiester and the result was 180 cards and a birthday celebration with six generations of family.

Her grandson, Kent Kiester, said the centenarian was blown away by the outpouring of love and sincerity. He is still reading cards to Kiester every time he visits, he said, a month after the party.

A small group of women who prefer to remain anonymous are behind the Facebook page resulting in card bombings and other pleasant surprises around Carroll County.

The women decided to start the group after celebrating a national "Pay It Forward" day a few years ago. The Facebook administrators, who are also coworkers, decided to give coupons and have events to celebrate Pay It Forward day and from there decided to create a local group.

"It feels good to give back," one of the Facebook administrators said. "It is a good feeling to know you're helping other people."

The Facebook group, which has 230 likes, can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pay-It-Forward-Carroll-County/298681143539233?ref=br_tf .

The person who started the group said it is rewarding, but she is just as happy doing it with no one knowing she is doing it.

Another woman giving back without recognition decided she wanted to pay it forward every month for one year.

The Cutler woman received a prize to win a bouquet of flowers from a Flora shop every month for one year. Instead of keeping the flowers, the woman gave each bouquet to someone else.

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