The beginning….

“The birth of OPIF came from my mother…” Says Founder E.Michelle Valdes
When I was young, my mother and I had times we needed to get in the lines for food, shoes, and other things we needed. Other times we came back to those same lines to volunteer our time and help cook the meals and help pass out items to other people in need. My mother had a grateful heart; she would say “Michelle always help people and give back”. She always made sure to do random acts of “Paying it Forward”.

When she passed away from cancer 2005, I was lost… in 2006 I had someone tell me “Once person at a time Michelle”. I knew then that I can honor my mother and find purpose in continuing to help people who need it. I started by random acts and found that others in our community wanted to be a part of the mission to make a difference one person at a time. Operation Pay It Forward became official in 2018 and we have been growing our efforts every year!

The mission of Operation Paying It Forward is to perform acts of kindness to help individuals or a group of people. Our goal is to foster change in our community. Make a difference in people’s lives and show appreciation to those around us. This is our mission every day!

Where We Serve:

Our operations serve the Plant City community as well as rural areas in Eastern Hillsborough County and parts of Western Polk County.

Who We Serve:

We serve the elderly, veterans, the working poor, students, and victims of emergencies caused by fires, floods, or other natural disasters. As well as Families who need a hand up during the holiday seasons due to financial burdens.

How We Serve:

We provide gift cards, shoes, toys, and holiday meals to those in need. We also partner with local charities to help families ensure the holiday is a special time.