When Richard Specht lost his 2-year-old son Rees to a drowning accident, the grieving dad managed to turn tragedy into a meaningful campaign that would help a lot of lives in ways that he didn’t quite expect.
Rees died in 2012. Dad Richard the “ReesSpechtLife” Memorial Scholarship which was a ‘pay it forward’ project; this means that recipients of the scholarship are told to spread the message of love and sharing in honor of Rees Specht.
The recipients must share what they can to someone without asking for any form of recognition or fame; the premise is for the donor to remain anonymous to that person he/she will be helping or, at least, to tell the other person not to reveal his/her name to the public.
Amazingly, the campaign has continued through the years.
Just recently, a waitress got in touch with ReesSpechtLife.com to tell them about the wonderful experience she had: she was given a $3,000 tip by someone who gave her these instructions:
Upon seeing it, Richard immediately recognized the handwriting of a former student, a boy who had spent many hours talking with him. While the project was launched in 2012, he had taught this boy some 10 years ago!
Richard could not believe that his pay it forward campaign to honor his son would bring such great blessings to many people…