Coin Stories

My sweet cousin Myrna gave me this coin as a reminder that I am a warrior, as well as a survivor.
The journey starts now for this coin,
it’s going in my purse, and waiting for the Holy Spirit’s prompting on who will receive it next.

Beautiful Butterfly, where are you flying?!

Where is the beautiful butterfly......and who is the lovely owner!?

I received this coin on 7/11/2019 from my friend Sheila Seiler who is my friend and is the Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Evansville Tri-State. After being a volunteer with Komen Evansville for over a decade, Sheila brought me on board as the Mission Coordinator at the affiliate to help get the Komen Cares Direct Services program launched in Evansville. I've met so many warriors in my position which has gone from Mission Coordinator to currently Community Services Manager. My focus is on our community, its warriors, and how we can fight harder to end breast cancer forever. The fight means raising awareness and money!
On 8/31, I'm passing the coin to my best friend and 10+ year breast cancer survivor Marsha Durham. Marsha has not only participated in Race for the Cures in multiple cities, has done the 3-day walk twice, and is preparing for the next 2day in Atlanta, but she uses social media to remind women to get their annual mammograms. The world needs more Marsha's!

Yesterday I babysat my little sister and then today my grandma gave me an extra $5.00 with this coin.

Received this coin in the mail yesterday 8/28/2019 and am so excited to help it continue on its journey. Hoping that whoever gets this next will pay it forward so it’s journey can be seen by all who receive it. “Do Good & Fly On”

This butterfly coin is flying on to my adventurous world-traveling and nature-loving cousin Sue Hansen! Sue advocates for the environment and wildlife through her lifestyle, travels, outdoor hobbies, photographs, and personality. I think that nature feeds her soul, as it does my own. I admire her kindness and her outdoor loving spirit!

This coin was given to someone needing help moving an elderly couple dealing with Alzheimer's.

My butterfly coin was given to me by one of my colleagues. We began our teaching careers together. I was fortunate enough to work on the same team as her this past year and learned a lot from her! Our lives have taken us to different areas now, but I am grateful to have learned from her!

I got this coin from my colleague ‘Doug’. I live in the US.
I am visiting my extended family in India and brought this coin with me. Happy to see this coin travel around the world.

Helped a co-worker with a hard day!

I have been ill for the past 5-6 weeks and a dear friend & co-worker handed me this coin this morning, she thought I needed the positive vibes. Oddly enough, a beautiful monarch flew off of our back door as I was leaving for work this morning and then to receive this beautiful butterfly coin, I have to believe it is a sign of good things to come. I can't wait to share it.

Having spent the past five days in the beautiful land of the Outer Hebrides, I am passing this coin on to Andrew, our extraordinaire tour manager.

Andrew has displayed a very special quality of kindness to our entire traveling troupe. Throughout our journey, he has been relentless in overseeing every detail, making sure that everyone’s needs of our tour group of 31 senior adults have been seen to in a very personalized way.

It takes a specially gifted person to continually shown such kindness and thoughtfulness to so many different people, who come from so many different backgrounds, from all around the world. Andrew has set an example of positivity, thoughtfulness, and kindness that we should all strive for in our lives.

I received this coin from Shawn Wheeler. Before I personally knew her, I admired her from afar. Now that we are friends who happen to be fighting cancer, it’s brought us closer. I was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of gynecological cancer you can get on my birthday in 2016 and the dr said, well you have to remember your 40 now🤬 I fight everyday & I believe that every morning I wake up, it’s God saying ...... Get up, you have more to do. It’s not your time. So everyday I wake up is amazing. God bless those who need it❤️

I received this coin after I lost my dad. It was a thoughtful, kind gesture at a time that I was struggling. I held on to the coin for a bit and I'm struggling again. I'm so let down and disappointed that my pup's surgery was postponed. I think I need to hold onto it just a bit longer as tomorrow should be his surgery date..

~~ Here starts the journey of this Monarch coin in 2019 ~~

** Be Kind ** Do Good ** Pay it Forward **

I'm on a journey to deliver all 12 of my Monarch coins over the next 2 weeks, as my family goes on vacation. We'll be driving up and down the east coast.

If you find a coin, please share with others and pay the kindness forward, in whatever way that means to you.

I received this butterfly coin at my 80th birthday party in Golden, CO. I’m passing it to young friends from church along with a set of barbecue tools. They bought their first home in February and recently bought a grill. Note: the barbecue set was a free gift to us for buying a piece of furniture, but we can’t use it. Happy grilling, Jen and Matt! And

Some friends of mine raise Monarch Butterflies. One day they invited me to participate in releasing some. Such a beautiful experience. Thank you, Susan and Mike! Monarch Waystation #15715

My name is Cynde,
Thank you Jackie for gifting me this butterfly coin. You are so very special to me and i look up to you as a friend and as an amazing parent. I want to give this coin to someone who is so kind and generous and is always there to lend a hand. I know everyone has times in their lives when they need a little extra friendship or love. I hope this person knows they are loved by so many.

I am passing this coin on to Avery Tobias. I’ve seen her do kind things for others time after time and I want her to be able to share this coin to remind others to be as giving and caring as her.

A couple of loving, sensitive, friends gave this to me today. I lost my Lucky today and while my brain understands that it was time for him to go to the Rainbow Bridge, the hole in my heart is open and wide. With the love of friends and blessings from God, in time, my heart will heal and I will have this wonderful brass coin in my care until that time when I will know it is time to pass it on. Thank you Mike and Sandy!

About a month ago I was at work on a busy day. A woman came up to the drop off counter and was clearly in pain and uncomfortable being on her feet. She asked for the restroom key and I told her she had to get it from the front end cashier. As I started to work on her prescription I noticed she just went and sat down instead. I quickly went to get the key and brought it to her. It was something so little but she appreciated it so much. She gave me this coin and encouraged me to keep doing kind things for others no matter the greatness.

Sandy and I are giving this Butterfly coin to our good friend, Joan, today to help her get through the loss of her beloved Lucky who crossed the Rainbow Bridge this morning. Joan, you can keep this Butterfly coin as a remembrance of Lucky for as long as you want; and, then when and if the time is right you can pay it forward to someone else. We are sorry and we care, Sandy, Mike, and Maggie too.

I received this coin from J Seeley in Polson Montana. I feel her loving kindness every time I hold it. I will pass it on one day. For now it is bringing me strength and joy.
Thank you dear friend.
You mean so much to me.
TD

Received my butterfly coin from my good friend Bea in March 2019.....We haved moved to Alabama, so the coin has started its journey.

This coin has been given to Muriel Masih, in Sector 9, Panchkula, Haryana State, India. Muriel was visiting the US in August, 2019 and she took it home from the US. Muriel also went to Susan and Linda Tidrow's home and released butterflies on August 7, 2019. Muriel is a guest of Judy Allen, Belfast, TN.

I forwarded this coin to Dan and Rudi Taylor for their repeated acts of kindness through their non-profit Harleys Dream which seeks to end the practice of puppy mill operations. They have done a great deal to educate the Town Board on what we can do to end this practice and were instrumental in drafting an ordinance that bans pet stores in Berthoud from selling dogs and cats that came from puppy mill breeders. There are many where the individuals and organizations in Berthoud that embrace kindness, but I hope by transferring this coin to Dan and Rudi that we recognize that kindness should be extended to all creatures. Thanks Dan and Rudi for doing what you do!

-Will

"Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind's capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don't; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us."

-Matthew Scully

A lovely colleague gave me this Ulysses butterfly coin in Providence, RI on my 65th birthday, as she thanked me for actions that she appreciated at work. Such a random and thoughtful act! The concept grabbed my imagination, and I'm looking for the next opportunity to pass along some friendship and send Beautiful Butterfly forward. We certainly need kindness more than ever in this crazy world we live in- Let's commit to that!

I am passing this coin forward to someone who is new to our company and my department. I have gotten to know her a little bit but am looking forward to knowing her even better. She is uplifting and kind, and I look forward to working with her more in the future!!

I am sharing this coin with a dynamic lady that I have the pleasure of working with. I appreciate the guidance and help received every time I send an inquiry about knowledge transfer. Have a great day!

Julia and Dave are a blessing to me and my family. I'll be choosing someone soon to spread the kindness that comes with this coin.

The event that takes place each year for the Memory of Alex Sabados is a first class event. I treasure my friendship with David and Julie Sabados for many years. We look forward to being a contributor for many years to come. May God Bless your Family.

Truly your Friends
Harvey & Carol Yoakum

This butterfly was passed on to me by my dear friend, Katherine, on my 65th birthday. She is a beautiful retired teacher who exemplifies giving love and sharing kindness with her students, colleagues, and friends. She is an inspiration of what a teacher should always be.

As I celebrate my 40th year in education, along with my husband's and my retirement, we are traveling to Scotland to fulfill one of our Bucket List dreams of attending the Fringe, the famous International Theatre Festival held each year in Edinburgh. We our both educators who were not able to travel during the 11 months of school teaching/planning/counseling/training, so we are looking forward to exploring our beautiful world during times when school is in session.

This butterfly is flying with us in our adventure. As we explore the highlands of Scotland, I look forward to passing this coin on to a very special person. I will update the story after our journey.

I gave this coin to my sister, Victoria Elabd, who has been my champion, my hero, and my source of truth my entire life. I gave it to her on June 1, 2019, as we were embarking on a special Sisters' Day, shopping, lunching, and taking in a craft fair. There's no way I can ever repay her for all she's done for me, but I'm blessed to be able to thank her and for our sisterhood to be part of this coin's story.

This coin is going to my sister-from-another-mister in San Diego, California a long with a bangle bracelet that is as unique as she is.

I received this coin from an awesome kid from Texas after photographing his family on vacation in Hawaii.

Hi I am Anne-in-uk
I was honored to have received this coin from Nancy.

My good deed was to help when a local rescue put the call out for assistance in rescuing 3 mares and their foals. I am pleased to report that they are now all safe and well and will be looking forward to new homes in the future.

I, like Nancy, treasure the friendships I have formed through FFRC. an amazing Nation, brought together because of Jacci Moss, a person whom has both inspired and educated me in so many ways.

God bless this coin as it goes on its way

This was passed along to a person who is helpful and kind to everyone. Thank you for paying it forward Debra.

Received this coin from my BFF to take to the James Beck Cancer Center in Rhinelander Wisconsin we’re I’m A patient it brought great joy to my heart

Traveled to Portland. Held for a month. Gifted to a friend on her 48th birthday - 7/25/2019

My sister-in-Christ, Pam, gave me this coin as a birthday gift. It is beautiful and solid, just like her! Pam has blessed so many others with her testimony of God's love, and I am one of the fortunate ones to have her in my life. This coin is now in Huntington Beach until I give it away. There are so many kind people in my life who deserve this coin!

I received this coin today, 7/23/19, thoughtfully chosen by Jean Marie Trick, and my heart is swelling with humbleness, hope and love. This is the first I’m hearing of this mission and am inspired myself! What a sweet gesture. I was diagnosed with a rare terminal liver cancer in 2014 and have been receiving treatment since. My two daughters were 8 & 11 years old at the time and I knew immediately what my purpose was. I figured no matter what was to happen with my health, what mattered most was my girls and what they gained out of this experience. How will they be affected? Everything I do here on out will influence and mold them in some way. I have to be strong, real and honest. Keeping hope alive in their souls is my motivation. On more than one occasion I was told this was the end of the journey and we adjusted accordingly, but never accepted it. My motto has been “you’re here until you’re not” and I finish that with a different ending every time. So “go do your homework” or pick you’re chin up and help yourself”. There is no excuse not to love, do your homework, be patient, kind, do your chores or ever lose hope. Therefore giving up is not an option and the end isn’t here... yet, so no excuses allowed!! This coin makes me feel a part of something bigger and I’m feeling blessed to be thought of in such a special way. I will wholeheartedly pass it on with pride and hope. Sometimes the person that needs to find hope the most is the person who gives it to everyone else. I will send this to Tara Early, who’s always positive and sharing her strength in the midst of her own unpredictable journey. Thank you Jean Marie!!!! #sparrowstrong

I gave my butterfly to Lee as I witness her often doing random acts of kindness. She leads with her heart to help connect people with other people who are able to help each other. She gives whatever she has to help others. Often, I have been the blessed recipient of her generosity. Lee is a beautiful gift to so many and always giving without expecting anything back.
Lee, I trust that God will continue to lead you, bless you and keep touching your heart for His purposes. It's a blessing to me to watch you in action; just like a butterfly, touching many lives as though you are handing out God's butterfly kisses. I often see and hear what God does with those butterfly kisses and its glorious!

May you be blessed 100 fold!~ Pamela

After finding this beauty nestled in at my favorite park, we took lots of long walks in the woods between Fortuna and Garberville. On one of our last hiking adventures, This beautiful butterfly decided that it enjoyed the area and stayed behind.

Across the world there is my home 🇹🇭
Nan💓

My first journey started in Denver
Nan💓

I presented this coin to Gina S. To thank her for being such a positive force in my life and to thank her for caring for my kids like her own when I was working away from home. Without her I would not be this person today.

This coin was given to me to honor a dear friendship June 30, 2019. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💞

Yvonne vdK - Frankfurt, Germany July 18th
First of all, I would like to apologize for not adding a story any sooner. I received the coin shortly before my trip to the most wonderful place on this planet for rescued cats/kittens (and humans): Friends of Felines Rescue Center in Defiance, OH.
Afterwards other projects came up... Again sorry for the delay.

Such a great idea to have this coin travel all over the world!
My good deed:
The office where I go to work is located close to a bridge where lots of doves are breeding. Unfortunately many of the chicks fall out of their nests and end up on the street with many cars/trams speeding by. I know that the majority of people think that doves are the "rats of the sky" but when I see those poor animals lying on the ground, I just have to safe them. So off I go, together with a box and all dressed up for the office, under the bridge to try to catch them. People driving/walking by of course think I'm a crazy nut collecting/chasing the doves but that doesn't bother me a bit. Luckily there's a rescue center for doves in Frankfurt, where one can bring the chicks or injured. The last couple of years I rescued approx. 10 doves.

Actually the coin was forwarded from Merry to Mary in Asheville, NC and then onto Mary Lou in Chicago....We were all on vacation together in Asheville. Mary Lou or I (Dick) will play it forward from here.

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