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By Breeana Greenberg

Nancy Koritz from Dana Point didn’t want any material gifts for her 60th birthday. Instead, she wanted moments of well-being.

As a unique way to celebrate her milestone birthday, Koritz sent 60 dollars to 60 of her friends with instructions that they give the money away.

“How you do that is entirely up to you,” Koritz had said. “Touch someone’s life; let them know that you are a link in a chain of kindness and gratitude.”

“These are people from my elementary school, friends of teachers, my old bosses — just a bunch of people,” Koritz said. “Some people I hadn’t spoken to in years; I see other people maybe every day.”

Koritz got the idea for the donation after reading an article about a woman who gave her friends $70 to $70 as a gift for her 70th birthday.

“I contacted them and I said, ‘I was so moved, and it’s been a few years, so moved by what you did, do you have any tips for me?’ ‘ said Koeritz. “She wants me to tell her whatever stories I can think of.”

When stories started pouring in about how her friends spent the $60, Koritz launched an Instagram page that “prepaid” every account.

“What I did is, I set up a little Instagram account, and again not everyone is on Instagram, including my 88-year-old dad,” Koritz said. “But I’ve been telling people, ‘If you want to post your stories on how you passed it on,’ do it.”

A friend of hers who lives in Chicago used the money to make sandwiches and buy bottled water to give out to homeless people sitting by the lake. Another recipient matched funds to donate $120 towards personal care products for people in shelters.

Another friend gave the $60 cash to a Habitat for Humanity volunteer who takes two buses a day to get to work.

One of Koritz’s daughters bought 7-Eleven gift cards for the two homeless men she passes on her way to school.

To give back to her home community, a friend of Koritz’s, who grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan and immigrated to Orange County when she was 15, made a donation to an orphanage for young girls in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Some recipients used the funds to pay for a family’s meal, donate to their local pantry, and give extra tips to dishwashers and waiters.

The checks from Koritz impacted the Dana Point community, and students at RH Dana Elementary School donated the funds for the fifth grade science trip.

Reports of the $60 check impact have come from Los Angeles, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, New Orleans, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Washington, DC, Maine and elsewhere, and even Afghanistan.

On Koritz’s birthday on November 15, she went out to dinner with her husband and read each of the Pay-it-Forward stories.

“It made it (her birthday) so much more meaningful. It was just very touching. I mean, I’m not a little teary-eyed howler, but I was quite moved,” Koritz said. “We have three daughters and I was really touched that they gave so much thought. I think it’s a good example for her and her friends.”

Stories of how each check made an impact are available on Koritz’ Instagram page at @celebrating_6@12asd-www-danapointtimes-com

Breeana Greenberg

Breeana Greenberg is a city reporter for the Dana Point Times. She graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Before joining Picket Fence Media, she worked as a freelance reporter at the Laguna Beach Independent. Breeana can be reached via email at bgreenberg@picketfencemedia.com

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