We met the Nicholsons after AJ was gone. Though we didn't know him personally, we felt his energy and presence through stories and memories shared. We struggled with the "right' or "best" way to pay forward. Until the start of school loomed again. We decided we wanted to share AJ's love of life by making going back to school a little easier on families who needed more than they had. We bought a couple of back packs and filled them with school supplies appropriate for middle school students, and gave one to a family who needed it for a boy, and the other to Kent Social Services for a girl (or a boy who likes pink). AJ's legacy! Pay it forward.
I was having dinner at Pancho and Lefty's and when my bill came there was instead an AJ Way card. The waitress told me that the group seated in front of me (who had 3 very adorable kids with them) had taken care of the bill and my tip. I still decided to tip my waitress, but was very much touched by their kindness. I had just had a very hard day, and it was nice to see such kindness from a complete stranger. I have kept the AJ Way card and will be sure to "pay it forward" the next time I am dining out. Bless you and your family - you will be in my family's prayers.
My son and I were at Six Flags waiting to buy tickets when two women came up and gave us two free tickets and a wrist band. I am sad to hear that this little child passed and will do my best to be a better father. Life is short and I will pass it on.
I was talking to his Grandma Nancy Nicholson about him. I have grandchildren the same age as AJ was & I cannot imagine the pain of losing him. He sounded like he was a really great kid.
I was handed this card as I went to purchase my morning coffee at a Starbucks drive thru and informed that the woman in front of me bought my order for me. This has happened before but I looked at the card and realized that this was beyond a small act of kindness. In my effort to continue the chain I took a picture of the front and back of the card and paid for the car behind me, leaving the card for them. I posted on my Instagram and Facebook with #theajway and hopefully it will help this great message spread further. Thank you to AJ and his family for reminding us all to be kind!
I received the AJ card from his grandmother. My heart was torn to hear of such tragedy. I did his fathers hair for many years and my heart also hurts for him and his family. I pray for peace for them and also that I may contribute an act of kindness the AJ way. I pray for God to bring to me the person who needs me and I will be able to pay it forward in the most abundant way, in honor of AJ.
I was lucky to have AJ's dad contact me as we both recently lost our 11 year old sons and dealing with unimaginable pain.
I was getting breakfast today at Burger King when i was notified that the car two ahead of me paid for my breakfast. I then paid for the car behind me and hopefully it went on from there. When i went to eat my breakfast, i found The AJ WAY card in my bag. I now know his story and my heart breaks for his family and friends. Being a father of two young boys, i couldn't even imagine what they have been through but i am happy to know that others are doing good deeds in his name. I will keep him in my prayers. Thank You.
I received my AJ Way card from his father, Joe, while talking with him at school. I had seen the website and was saying what a great idea this was. I was challenged by a good friend to do random acts of kindness in AJ's name. This week I chose to make burp cloths for a soon- to -be mom who works out where I do. I left them anonymously along with my AJ Way card in hopes that she will pass along another act of kindness in memory of AJ. I also am continuing to do an act of kindness for an elderly neighbor that I do not know, by stopping each morning on my way to work out and placing her newspaper closer to her door (she comes to the end of the drive with a walker). I feel this is something AJ may have done with all the stories I have read of his kind heart and unselfish ways. I will continue to do random and anonymous acts of kindness to honor this young life gone too soon.
I was in line at the Alive festival to get an iced coffee with a friend. I realized there was a small picture frame with a picture of a young boy and a few paragraphs next to it. I decided to read it while I waited, before reading it I had assumed it would be about a young boy battling an illness. As i read on my heart broke as I realized it was something far more serious, this boy, AJ, was taken from this earth before he could even reach high school. I asked the woman behind the counter more about his story and she gladly conversed with me explaining that she was AJ's grandmother. She told me how a bad snow storm had shut the local schools down so AJ went to a family members house. The more she talked the more i realized she was not letting the pain of the memory deter her from showing God's love, in fact it was the complete opposite. She explained that AJ's family had started a pay it forward style movement to keep his memory alive, and handed me a card explaining that she would pay for our drinks. This simple act not only expressed the way that AJ lived his life but also expressed God's love for his children. I plan to use it later today to bless someone in return by paying for their order at a local coffee shop.