Pay It Forward, Justin Style

Justin Back paid it forward in many ways without even thinking twice about it or even really noticing that he was doing it. If he saw someone being mistreated or about to come to blows, he would intervene or drop everything to be there for a friend in need. As Justin would be in the hallway at school and see someone upset, he would go up to them and have them smiling in the end. You see, it didn’t take any money for Justin to do this, it just took a little time and it was given freely. This was a true gift for him but I have made it my goal to do this everyday. This is part of Justin’s “Be A Hero” campaign that we are trying to get out to do our part to make this world a better place. What’s a smile or helping someone in need? I am challenging everyone to do this, including me, on a daily basis. Please leave a message for what you have done to “Pay it forward, Justin style!”

What have you done today to “pay it forward, Justin style?!”

11 thoughts on “Pay It Forward, Justin Style

  1. Jess Cates

    I know that it isn’t too much of a jester, but this morning as I stopped and got my coffee. I bought one for one of the ladies in my office. It made my day when she came in and saw it. She was so excited and surprised. It’s the little things in life that bring a smile to peoples faces.

    Paying it forward Justin style 🙂

    Love you Justin!!!

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    1. Sandra Post author

      Jess, this is what it’s all about! It’s the small things that have the biggest effect on people. I have had, what I felt, normal conversations with others and they have said, “That’s just I needed to hear today.” I had no idea what I had said that made an impact. This is what Justin did everyday and I don’t think he had ANY idea of the impression he was leaving on others. Great job and keep “Paying it forward, Justin style!”

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  2. Rhenee Schrader

    When I got home yesterday 10/17/14 after court I was on Facebook & saw a friend had 2 free tickets for the OSU game but she couldn’t find anyone who wanted them. She was leaving early in the morning so they were just going to go to waist. I didn’t want them but I posted it on my page. I had one of my High School teachers respond. She was probably one of Justin’Justin’s teachers as well, Mrs Stephanie Krumholtz. They are big OSU fans. Her husband was going to the game today with a friend but neither one had their tickets yet. I was able to connect the the two & now her husband got a great surprise for sweetest day! She messaged me & asked me to tell my friend thank you & she would pay it forward. I messaged her back & said that was awesome please pay it forward Justin Style! She said absolutely! I feel like this wasn’t actually me only paying it forward. It was my friend Debbi, me & Stephanie because she gave to her husband & a friend. Not to mention she plans on paying it forward further in Justin’s name. It feels great to help others & more people should try it. Like you said it can be small or large but it just feels good! This cost me nothing but a little time but felt like a million bucks to see the picture of her husband holding those tickets with a big smile!

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    1. Sandra Post author

      Rhenee, this is an example of sharing Justin’s “Pay it forward, Justin style!” campaign that we are sharing. You are helping to get the word out and it is so appreciated. It starts at home and then moves to other communities.

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  3. Shuva Paul

    I live in Mariemont and work downtown. My kids, eight and five, and I will work to pay it forward Justin style. He sounds like a model kid. Good job, Mom. The way you raised him, that’s something that can never be erased from this world.

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  4. Kristen Volz

    I am a mother of two young kids, from Maineville. I am so sorry for your loss. I read of the tragic, heartbreaking, and senseless loss you (and everyone who loves Justin) have suffered when the news first was published earlier this year. Since then, I have followed the story whenever I saw a related article, in hopes of seeing justice served, to see some tiny glimmer of positive on your journey. The recent Enquirer article led me to this site, and I am happy for you to have found a forum to share and try to heal. Pay It Forward, Justin Style is a great way to honor your son, and to keep your head and heart in a positive place.

    Yesterday, at the post office, I saw a flyer announcing that the Village Diner in Maineville serves a free Thanksgiving Day dinner. It was noted on the flyer that they welcome donations. What I had previously read on your site was still on my mind, so I checked my wallet, which usually contains little to no cash, and saw that I actually had a $20 bill. I thought for a moment… the diner is a short distance from the post office, I have the two minutes it would take to stop by, and gifting the diner my $20 to help serve food to people who don’t have family friends to eat with, or who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves, is a way to pay it forward… Justin style. So I did. Thanks for inspiring me to do this small act that might make a difference to someone.

    I know you are going to be missing him tremendously this Thanksgiving Day, but just know that the inspiration he gives you flows, and someone in Maineville will enjoy a meal, because of him, thanks to you.

    Wishing you and yours peace,
    Kristen Volz

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    1. Sandra Post author

      Thank you for following Justin’s story and participating in Paying it forward, Justin style. Justin was an extraordinary young man and we are very proud to call him one of our own. God bless you and your family. #PIF4Justin

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    1. Sandra Post author

      Jess, it is just the little things that makes the biggest impact to us. Just thinking of someone else. We have no idea what is happening in that person’s life. By us all #PIF4JUSTIN everyday, we can make a difference in this world. I just ask everyone to keep Justin in mind when they do so. Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Elizabeth

    Today, at home in the UK, I watched a documentary. That documentary told me all about how you lost your son. I cried. I don’t mean to say that I just shed tears, I mean I REALLY cried. I wanted to reach out to you, across all these miles, to let you know that more than what happened to him, Justin’s spirit resonated. You have shown us all that our bodies are merely the casing, the shell, of who and what we truly are. The physical may be lost to us, but the soul remains… The footprints of someone’s being can never be erased because they were here, they affected people and those people remain. Your son would be beyond proud of your strength, courage and love for him. Please know that as long as you fight for him, for what he represented, he is not lost. That documentary hurt to watch, but somehow, across an ocean, your son touched my heart today and because of that, another person on earth is keeping his spirit alive. God Bless you all. Rest in Paradise, Justin.

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    1. Sandra Post author

      Elizabeth, you have left me speechless with your words! I simply love your post. I have stated that evil won in taking Justin’s life but Justin’s loving spirit lives on. You are right in saying that we are more than just living. How we live our life lives on after we are gone. Justin is proof of that by still touching hearts. We have created a non-profit organization called Be A Hero. Justin is a hero to many by the choices that he made and was continuing to make. Thank you for your post. It really touched me and I needed to read this today. You are my hero today. Lots of love and God bless!

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