Coca-Cola’s Pay It Forward Program and $120 Prize Pack Giveaway #CokePIF

Coca-Cola, one of my very favorite companies, is known not just for their delicious, refreshing beverages, but for all of the wonderful programs they offer throughout our communities. Their latest Pay It Forward program celebrates and acknowledges the richness of African American heritage, and gives teens between the ages of 16-21 the opportunity to achieve their dreams through unique and exciting apprenticeship experiences.

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We all know a deserving teenager that dreams big, wants to make a difference in our world, and rises to the occasion when given the chance. My own children have been raised to believe they can do anything they set their minds to, and each of them has their own unique qualities and goals for the future — which includes becoming a teacher, a rapper, a cartoonist, and serving in the military. All creative, noble ambitions in my book.

My family and I have had rough times in the past, where we needed help and were fortunate enough to receive it. And because of the kindness shown to us, we wanted to "pay it forward" by organizing and participating for many years in our "Be a Blessing" program at our church, which helped to bring Christmas to children and their families that were struggling or down on their luck.

My children, as well as, other church members, helped with purchasing/donating food items, toys, clothing, toiletries, and more, packing boxes and wrapping gifts, and then delivering them to the homes just before the holidays. There were times when we were not doing so well financially and had our own struggles, but giving back to those families brought so much joy to their lives, as well as, our own lives.

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Now through March 2nd, you can nominate up to 5 young people (or they can nominate themselves) for a chance to win this awesome apprentice experience. Four of those lucky nominees will be rewarded with an apprenticeship experience with one of the country’s most respected celebrity history makers:  business mogul Magic Johnson; chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee; or hip hop artist and philanthropist, Common. And for each nomination, you have the chance at winning $5,000!

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Coca-Cola wants to inspire you to Pay It Forward by nominating one or more deserving teens (up to five) for this apprenticeship experience. They are rewarding one lucky Mother of Pearl It Is reader with a Prize Pack valued at $120, which includes all of the following:

  • $100 Amex card to help you and your family “Pay It Forward” in the New Year
  • Coca-Cola “Pay It Forward” journal
  • Coca-Cola “Pay-It-Forward” t-shirt

Simply complete the Mandatory Entry in the Rafflecopter form below, telling me "who you will be nominating or sharing a time that you and your family were able to Pay It Forward," and as many of the optional entries as you'd like for more chances to WIN!

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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. I received a Pay It Forward prize pack. No other compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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  1. We’ve paid it forward by paying for the car behind us in a drive thru.
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  2. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    We give during the holidays to the food bank.

  3. We try to PIF as often as we can. The most memorable for me was done by my then 6 year old son. He used to collect Matchbox cars and outgrew them. He had one of those Rubbermaid storage bins filled with at least 1000 of them and decided to give them to a local homeless shelter in our area!
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  4. Mary Happymommy says:

    I would nominate my niece who is a senior in high school.

  5. I would nominate my sister

  6. I pay it forward by volunteering every year at a domestic violence shelter giving make overs to the mom’s. it’s a yearly tradition that creates lasting memories.

  7. Lisa Brown says:

    I pay it forward to charities whenever I can.

  8. i would nominate my boyfriend who works so hard and always does the right thing

  9. Stephanie Phelps says:

    We pay it forward by taking can foods and other items to our local food bank.

  10. Jennifer Rote says:

    I would nominate my BFF’s daughters.

  11. Audra Weathers says:

    I could nominate my niece; she spends her Summers working with kids at a camp and is a wonderful teen who wants to open her own business someday.

  12. amy pugmire says:

    I would nominate my older sister who always gives whenever she can

  13. I would nominate my nephew because he’s always thinking about how to help others.

  14. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    MY SON RYAN IS ALWAYS PAYING IT FORWARD. HE VOLUNTEERS FOR SO MANY PROJECTS. HE HAS GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE AND IS NOW SERVING HIS 2ND YEAR IN AMERICORPS.

  15. We are paying it forward by donating food items for the troops through my son’s boy scout troop.

  16. I would nominate my mom. She does so much for all of us.
    Thanks!

  17. heather eg kaufman says:

    We are an Air Force family stationed in Germany. I try to pay it forward as often as I can afford to.

  18. I would nominate my cousin

  19. I would nominate my Daughter who is a Senior in High School.

  20. Sandy VanHoey says:

    We pay it forward by donating often to places like Goodwill, schools and have donated to the food pantry as well

  21. soha molina says:

    I wll nominate my daughter.

  22. I will donate clothes and shoes that we don’t need to community.

  23. Michelle C says:

    I volunteer as a mentor for middle school girls as a way to pay it forward. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  24. Thomas Murphy says:

    I will be nominating my little brother

  25. Jill A. Collins says:

    I’ve made it a habit to pay it forward every time I go grocery shopping. I clip tons of coupons I know I do not use, just so I can leave them on the shelves for other shoppers so they can save money. Every little bit helps.

  26. We pass out fruit baskets every year in Dec. for the holidays. We usually give to the elderly.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    ~Ola

  27. Kasey Longley says:

    I would like to nominate my little sister Madison. She is 17 and brilliant. However, she is a child with Asperger’s. I think this could really benefit her. If they would be willing to take someone a little older (23) I would like to nominate myself as well. I have a real head for business and would love an opportunity like this. I would NOT squander it!

  28. Tiffany Winner says:

    i nominated my niece

  29. I would nominate my Daughter,she does so much for everyone all the time.

  30. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would nominate my brother

  31. Laura Jacobson says:

    I would nominate my nephew!

  32. This year my grandsons both picked a child from Angel tree to buy Christmas gifts for. They enjoyed it even more than opening their own gifts.

  33. For several years when I was a kid, my mom took me and my brother to buy gifts for children on Macy’s Angel Trees at Christmastime.

  34. my brother – great guy

  35. Jamie Brigham says:

    I nominated my neighbor Wyeth.

  36. Barbara Montag says:

    We pay it forward by helping each year for Toys for Tots – what fun!
    Thank you.

  37. Ariel Henry says:

    We volunteer at shelters.

  38. i paid it forward and i would nominate my sister who just graduated college

  39. Brandon Dithrich says:

    My sister because she is such a great person!

  40. debbie jackson says:

    we adopt a family at christmas debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  41. Jennifer Marie says:

    I nominated my cousin who is a high school jnior that works very hard at his job and also at school.

  42. Wild Orchid says:

    I recently paid it forward by donating all of my son’s baby clothes to an expectant mother in need.

    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  43. I like to pay if forward anonymously. One, I don’t want to embarrass anyone, and two, I don’t really want the attention for what I’m doing.

    I like to purchase gift cards at the supermarket, and when I see someone who looks like they need some help, discreetly give the card to a store employee to anonymously pass to the cashier. It may not cover all of their purchase, but at least they don’t feel like they have to choose between milk or bread for their babies.
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  44. I would nominate my cousins daughter.

  45. I would nominate my nephew.

  46. Seyma Shabbir says:

    We make an effort to pay it forward every month. Donating to our church, school, or usually a family in need. We are trying to teach our kids to do the same. Example – we helped a family who had financial probs when the husband was hospitalized.

  47. We pay it forward by donating often and trying to do things to benefit our community

  48. We pay it forward by volunteering in our community and by donating food all harvest long from a large garden.

  49. I would nominate my granddaughter.

  50. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Would Nominate A Neighborhood Kid Who Volunteers Within The Community To Make A Difference !:)

  51. saminder gumer says:

    i would nominate my friend who gives every minute he has free to helping the youth of the community. he organizes camps and other youth activities all throughout the year. i do not know how he does it with a job and a family. i envy him.

  52. Ashley Hatten says:

    I volunteer my time to the local women’s shelter!

  53. We donate food and blothes to local charities.

  54. Marcia Goss says:

    We help make food baskets for families at Thanksgiving.

  55. Nataly Carbonell says:

    I will nominate my daughter

  56. MIchael Gandy, Jr. says:

    I am nineteen years old and I pay it forward by giving back to my community. I do this by becoming a motivational speaking in the western Pennsylvania area. My topics include leadership, self-awareness and self-advocacy. I am looking for a great opportunity and looking nominate myself for the pay it forward program. I will encourage others to believe in my dream to have the apprenticeship with Mr. COMMON.

  57. I like to pay for other people in line – just because. When we find a good deal we buy tons of it and donate it to the sharing center, which is a food resource at a local church. We also volunteer at the sharing center when clients come (Friday nights) for food.

    Also, I try to be the person in traffic who always has time to let you out, let you in, let you go ahead of me.
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  58. I will be nominating my stepdaughter!
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  59. I would nominate my daughter because of her medical research into blood disorders

  60. linda brooks says:

    I would nominate my sister-in-law.

  61. We have payed it forward by donating food
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  62. Amanda Hoffman says:

    i would nominate my mom

  63. I would nominate my cousin’s daughter

  64. Susan Christy says:

    Often pay for the food of the people behind me in the drive-thru line. And I volunteer.

  65. Margaret Porter says:

    We pay it forward as much as possible. It feels good. We work at the soup bowl, collect groceries for the poor, host free clothing giveaways at my church, fund raise to send a fifth grade class of lower income kids to Washington DC, Always looking for more to do!

  66. I paid it forward a million times when my daughter was alive. This is indeed her legacy. Having died at the age 11, it speaks volumes about her character. At her suggestion, she (we?) collected candy bars and sent them overseas to our soldiers. She organized a fundraiser for a family whose house burned down. We’d go to the Ronald McDonald House and cook for the residents…and never, ever passed a collection bucket we didn’t add something to.

    Olivia’s belief was that if every one gave one dollar when asked, instead of saying they can’t afford anything – that collectively the change would be significant. Sometimes, she’d even ask me to turn the car around if she saw a collection while we were driving.

    In her memory, I did a lot of work after she passed. I (with the help of a group I headed) sent a boy with cancer to his prom, complete with tickets, limo and tux. We sent groceries to a family with an ill child and helped another family take their children somewhere fun after losing one of their siblings. We had the Pay It Forward campaign…with things as simple as holding a door, or leaving a delivery person an extra good tip.

  67. Nicole Carter Weasley says:

    I try to pay it forward with the Angel Giving Tree every Christmas someone years ago did if or us and I believe it is our turn to give.
    raventally00@aol.com

  68. I’d nominate my boyfriend, because he cares about everyone. He puts everyone before himself.

  69. Wanda McHenry says:

    We give to various food drives and the food bank throughout the year, we also donate toys at Christmas along with an Angel tree recipient. We also give to the postman, UPS & Fed ex guy :)

  70. Juan Sanchez says:

    Nominated my brother :)

  71. Tracy Robertson says:

    My family doesn’t go with me, but I poay it forward when I donate blood.

  72. I would nominate my brother,

  73. christine jessamine says:

    i would love to nominate my neighbors son, he does a lot for the community

  74. Other than giving clothing or housewares to good will or Easter Seals, we really are not in a position to pay it forward much. I would nominate my nephew Dustin for this. He is just a kind and giving kid. Had to give up sports due to a back injury and is doing pre Med now to be an ortho surgeon. He will do great things with his skill and work wonders with children in this field.

  75. kelly willis says:

    I nominated my niece she has had a rock life and pretty much put her self through school just before christmas she was accepted in at the university of maryland i am so proud of her she could use this for school

  76. Allison Downes says:

    My cousin

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  77. i would nominate my grand-daughter…..
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