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Give a holiday gift that pays it forward

Published: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

With the holiday and shopping season in full swing, now is the time that many of us ask: “What do you give to the person who has everything?” Pay-It-Forward House, DeKalb County’s only healthcare hospitality house, suggests giving a gift that pays it forward.

A $100 donation adopts the House for a day in honor or in memory of that special someone and it helps a family far from home have a place to call their home-away-from-home.

Board President Mary Lou Eubanks explains: “To ‘pay it forward’ is to do a good deed, not to pay back a favor, but to help others in their time of need. Pay-It-Forward House got its name from the desire of local community members to help out people living through the stress and fatigue of having a loved one in the hospital far from home.”

Pay-It-Forward House provides temporary accommodations, on a drop-in and overnight basis, for family members of patients receiving medical treatment in DeKalb County, especially at Kindred Hospital, in a comfortable, home-like setting.

Donors can choose their own date and gift recipients will receive a letter thanking them.

For more information on Adopting-A-Day, call 815-762-4882 or email For more information on Pay-It-Forward House, visit

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