Tuesday, October 22, 2013

#AJO Pay it Forward

Good morning! It is Crystal here from Crystal's Creative Corner and I am excited to share with you my Jaded Blossom Design Team project for today and a special story that goes with it.
Alyssa surrounded by her family!
An 18-year old girl Penn State college student named Alyssa text her mom and asked if they could go get Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks in the morning..little did she know that Alyssa's life would be tragically cut short due to complications from epilepsy.
But through their grief and sadness, Alyssa's parents did go to Starbucks....and they bought 40 Pumpkin Spice Lattes and gave them to the customers with Alyssa's initials on them #ajo.
All they asked is that the customer pay it forward in memory of their daughter.
Alyssa's dad and mom with a PSL - #ajo

Little did they know that their one random act of kindness would start a rapid chain of events...soon #ajo was trending, coffees were purchased, restaurant bills were being paid, and small gestures of kindness were popping up EVERYWHERE - each one just asking to pay it forward in Alyssa's name.
So here is my project today:
I made cards using the Jaded Blossom Journal Die to give out as my husband and I #ajo (yes..it is a verb too!) random people :)

I used the Jaded Blossom Gift Card Die on the back of this one to surprise someone with.

I also used the Jaded Blossom Awareness Die on the front along with the Candy Charms & Banners and Alphabet Candies to put her initials on the front.
Alyssa was studying nursing so she could make a difference in people's lives. Please help continue to keep her memory alive, and raise awareness for epilepsy by doing a random act of kindness.
If you would like to read more about Alyssa's story you can check out the Facebook page in her memory
Thank you for stopping by today....and because you did you might be #ajo'd!
Leave a comment and I will choose one random person from this post to receive a Jaded Blossom $10 Gift Certificate! (comment on my blog post and you will get an extra entry!)
 All I ask is that the winner pay it forward in Alyssa's memory
 I will post the winner on my blog tomorrow!
~Crystal <3


jessica said...

Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story! Your GC are awesome and will be appreciated by whomever receives your RAK! Thanks for sharing!

Crafting on Caffeine said...

This is truly an awesome story. thanks for sharing!

Stacie said...

What a great way to remember someone special! Thanks for sharing this story! Great card too!

Unknown said...

What an awesome story! I often do RAK, however this story makes it even better! What awesome little cards you made!

antdoda said...

This is a great story!! Thanks for sharing!

Alycia said...

I'm teary! This is such a beautiful story and I can't wait to pay it forward in some special way, with Alyssa in mind. :) Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this.

Sue D said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story of paying it forward in Alyssa's memory.

morentin1326 said...

what an amazing gesture... to pay it forward... and each time she will be remembered... tfs, and your creation is awesome...

Krystle said...

Love these Crystal! What a kind gesture! (:

creativebee65 said...

Thanks for sharing a touching story. It is very inspirational. Love your project!
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Kathy Salido said...

This is such an amazing story. Thanks gor sharing it

D- said...

Just came from your blog.
Your story touched me deeply.
Thank you for honoring Alyssa in this way. I am sure her parents, family and friends appreciate it.
Crafty hugs,

Karen Wedding said...

What a heart-wrenching story, but has a really cool outcome. Shows us that not all people are bad. I like your idea.