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Giving back $100 at a time: The Believe Project launches in Phoenix

Arizona Republic logo Arizona Republic 12/1/2018 Grace Palmieri
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If you could give $100 to someone in need, who would it be?

We asked, and you sent us your answers. This holiday season, the Believe Project is giving out $100 every day of December to the recipients you nominate.

Carolyn Gable launched the project five years ago in the Chicago suburbs to give anonymous gifts to people who she felt were in need of a bit of hope. Now, she’s expanding it to Arizona, where she is a part-time resident in the Phoenix area.

The goal of the project is to pay it forward: You tell us who could use an extra $100, Gable chooses the recipients and The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com provide some administrative help. Then the recipients pass on the gift. 

Gable, who provides all gifts herself, has begun sorting through your Believe Project submissions.

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Here are the recipients so far.

Dec. 2: Juan Adame

Juan, who lives in Tucson,  wrote to us about his mother. She left an abusive situation, raised her two children while working minimum-wage jobs and made sure they got an education, he said.

Now, she is dealing with health issues, he said.

“What an amazing day it would be if the single mother who fought the good fight could receive something for raising an outstanding family,” Juan said.

The submission:

If there was a woman who ever needed to be nominated for how hard she’s fought for a peaceful life, it would be my mother.

Divorced in 1996, she took two children, myself and my sister, from an abusive situation … and made it here to Tucson. 

I was 8 at the time … not the easiest kid in the world to raise. My mom took it on herself to make sure I was healthy and had a roof over my head by taking on jobs she just absolutely despised ….

While she was struggling with a minimum-wage job, she made sure along with my sister that I earned my high school diploma.

One miraculous trait of my mother … she broke a chain of abuse she dealt with as a child. She never hit us or spanked us … It makes me happy to know she is that strong, even though she thinks she isn’t.

She has suffered a lot from her polio case back in the 1950s. She is always landing in the hospital for some reason and she barely has a chance to go out. I know $100 wouldn't be much but what an amazing day it would be if the single mother who fought the good fight could receive something for raising an outstanding family.

Dec. 1: John Jay Pelletier

John wrote to us about an anonymous woman he sees walking her three children to school every morning. They live in a safe house for abused women, according to John’s submission.

a person wearing a white shirt and smiling at the camera: Carolyn Gable inside her Scottsdale home on Nov. 20, 2018. She started the Believe Project, an effort that gives $100 a day to someone in need for every day of December. © Michael Chow/The Republic Carolyn Gable inside her Scottsdale home on Nov. 20, 2018. She started the Believe Project, an effort that gives $100 a day to someone in need for every day of December.

“I feel for her and what she must be going through,” he wrote. “I wish I could help them but don’t know how.”

John hopes the $100 will help brighten her family’s holiday season.

The submission:

They live in a safe house for abused woman, she has three children, 9, 5 and 2. I see her walking her kids to school in the mornings, pushing a stroller. They look like they slept in their clothes. She has the look of no hope or hopelessness, does not look at anyone nor talk to anyone. I feel for her and what she must be going through. I wish I could help them but don't know how. It's sad for the kids — I feel for them. Maybe you can lend a hand in making a bright Xmas for them.

Thank you.

How the Believe Project works

Each day of December, Gable provides a $100 bill to a deserving recipient with the Believe Project.

If you know someone who could use $100, use this form to send in your nomination. We will announce the winners through Dec. 31 and even share some of their stories along the way.

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