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John Dye was born fifty years ago on January 31st, 1963.  We would like to celebrate his life, in which he gave so much time and care to others, by spending our time helping those in our communities and throughout the world.  Our goal is to, collectively, spend 50 hours this month paying it forward for John.  One hour for every year since John's birth.  We hope you'll join us in this special endeavor! 

If you would like to share how you're contributing your time to paying it forward in John's memory; we'd love to hear from you at admin@payitforwardinmemoryofjohndye.net
Additionally, if you would like to write a tribute for John in honor of the 50 years since his birth we will also include those here.  Thank you very much to those who have already contributed and are paying it forward for John and for their communities!  Happy birthday, John!

50 Hours for 50 year RAOK Count

In honor of the 50 years since John's birth, we're asking folks to (as a group) perform 50 hours of paying it forward.  You can chart our progress along with us below.  The more colorful the chart gets, the closer we are to our goal.  We hope you'll join us!  Click here to read more about our goal!

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Random Acts of Kindness in Honor of John's 50th Birthday

We ask that as you submit RAOKs for this section, please include the amount of time you spent on them so we can ensure it makes it into our 50 hours for 50 years count.  Many, many thanks to those who are joining us in celebrating John's life by giving of their time to help and inspire others as he did.

From anonymous:

On honor of John's birthday I spent this morning donating blood platelets. In the afternoon I baked several batches of cookies (chocolate chip--sorry, John...) and in the evening brought them to the site where my friend Amber feeds homeless and working poor people four nights a week, to round out the meal, We probably served 200 people tonight, with a great group of volunteers. The guests light up when you ask if they'd like a cookie. :) Since I've seen several people there with dogs I bring some zippered bags of dog food as well so the pups can have a healthy meal too. Interestingly, I learned that tonight was Amber's birthday as well. There must be something in those stars... John's presence in this world has left me a little kinder, a little more mindful of simple things I can do to lift someone's spirits or make their load a little lighter. May I find more opportunities in the coming year. God Bless you, John.


From JoŽlle:

I just at the moment as a donation to the Make-a-wish Foundation USA and to the St-Andrew's United Methodist Church on the birthday of John. I wish you a very good day.


From Suzanne:

By the end of the month you can add another 8 hours to the birthday 50 hours RAOK. I spend 2 hours each Sunday playing chess and losing terribly might add lol with my elderly neighbour who's alone. I have two hours this Sunday which will make 8 hours by the end of the month. Thanks.


From Anonymous:

I babysat for a couple so they could have Date Night. I had the children for 3 hours. It was fun hanging out with just the kids for a change.


From Donna:

I volunteered for two hours at our local food pantry.

Update: Please record two more hours for the two that I volunteered at the Food Pantry this morning. 


From Cindy:

I am making cards this month to send as encouragement to others, and also to donate to generate money for the needy in my community. It takes about ten minutes to cut, stamp, and assemble each card. I made 12 this week, so that is 2 hours.  Update: I spent 3 more hours making cards.


From Jennifer:

My sorority and I are making hats for cancer patients through an organization called head huggers. We had set a goal of 150 hats for the whole sorority and it was announced recently that we are half way there. Personally, my mom and I made 11 hats and it takes us about 2 to 3 hours to make one. I love giving back and I hopes this helps!!

Update:  I just like to update you on my sorority project of giving caps,(or hats); to cancer patients. We had just completed the project and my mom and I officially got 14 hats done! It took 3 hours to complete, so the total time that we spent was: 42 hours of hat making. I think we did 15 or 20 hours in January alone. Thank you for your support and featuring me and my sorority project on the website!!


From Jenni:

I spent 3 hours making PIF angels.  I'm going to be visiting some places I haven't been so look forward to dropping them in new places for new people to hopefully find and be encouraged by.  I've also started making bookmarks which is something I did in high scho
ol and not since.  My mom works in a library so I'm going to give them to her to give to her kids.  Thus far I've made five of them at an hour a piece.  I'm hoping to speed up on them so I can get more done!

Update: I'm still working on bookmarks for my mom's students (11 more hours!). I did have a chance to use a couple of my PIF angels directly. Usually I just leav
e them around but every so often I hand them to people.  On this occasion, I met a lady who had learned a family member was dying.  I gave her two angels, one for her and another for the family member.  I almost didn't put any in my purse that day cause I didn't have much room but am so glad I did as she said how much the angels meant to her.  So I think that illustrates just how meaningful it can be to do something as simple as have a lil craft item or even a nicely printed card reading "You are loved" or "You're being prayed for" or " God loves you!" to give to folks.  I'm grateful that I had this opportunity and to John for being the inspiration for the angels cause approaching strangers is not something I (introvert all the way!) would usually do but having them has forced me to and I'm glad of that.  I'm praying the lady got home in time, too.  I left some other angels in Orlando, FL which I visited last week.  That was fun! 

Update 2: I spent another 18 hours on bookmarks and blankets over the past few days.  Tonight, John's birthday, I made one blanket (while watching TBAA, of course!) and cut out fleece for a few more that I look forward to making in February.  Happy birthday to John!


John's 50th Birthday Tributes

From Linda:

 Happy Birthday wishes to a truly beautiful man. Heaven is blessed with your presence. Peace and Love to you John.


Every year (especially around notable birthdays of which Johnís 50th is definitely one!) I seem to fixate on a symbol that I feel represents life. This past year, I've been thinking about life as a quilt made up of all sorts of random blocks of fabric and lengths of thread that together form something truly beautiful, useful, and comforting. If life really were a quilt, I know that for many of us the threads that were John's life and work would be sewn into many, many blocks of our quilts. For me, he would be one of the strands of gold interspersed through black patches of grief. So often when those I loved passed away, I thought of John's work as Andrew. I carried his "On one side thereís life..." quote with me to funerals until eventually it was so much a part of me that a scrap of paper was unnecessary. John would also be bright scraps of yellow... Converse Chuck Taylor Yellow specifically... reminding me that it's important not to take life too seriously, to have fun with friends, to never let dreams die, and, very importantly, to NEVER make deals with people who have "Cactus" in their names. (Noted.) He would be slips of red and black, forever representing the need to love people... our children especially... as they are and to not judge or turn our backs on them simply because they arenít who we wanted them to be. But mostly John would be bright green patches made of the most durable fabrics. Those would be the blocks that would remind me that just as John lived his life so often reaching out to others in need whether feeding the homeless or offering an encouraging word to someone grieving or speaking out about injustice, so should we live our lives that way. God gave us this wonderful, beautiful, scary, awesome, crazy world and He gave us each other, too. John spent his life touching that world and those of us blessed to share it with him. I hope that on this, his 50th birthday, and on all days John knows that he made so many of us much more vibrant, sturdy, and gentle and that, in his memory, we will continue to touch this world and those who walk it with us. Happy birthday, John!


From Pam:

Happy Birthday, John! You touched so many lives in the 47 years you were on this earth! You are missed!


From Donna:

Birthday wishes for a true angel , keep shining on us all x


From Annie:

Happy Birthday John! You are and will forever be our ''Angel Boy!'' I know that both you and your mother are watching over me, as well as all of us, and that comforts me more than you will ever know. Your portrayal of ''Andrew'' has touched my life in SO many ways that I can't even begin to explain it! I hope that you're having the happiest of birthday's with God and your mother! We love you!


From JoŽlle:

John, I wish you a happy birthday, I wish so much that you may celebrate your 50th anniversary with your family and your friends. Unfortunately God has decided otherwise, but you will celebrate with your mum. You taught me so many thing for years, every day I do my best so that you would be proud of me. Miss me you so much. You will forever remain in my heart. JTM


From Donna Lea:

Happy Birthday, John. Our gift to you is to ensure that your legacy of love and compassion lives on. Have a joyous celebration in Heaven.


Dear John,

 I remembered in an interview once someone asked what your favorite Bible verse was and you said 1 Corinthians 13...not just a verse, an entire passage ~ a passage about love, or in some translations, charity. I always thought it was interesting that the word love was interchangeable with the word charity. I came across a quote by Amy Carmichael which says, "You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving." Ah, that does make sense and with what I know about you, it was how you conducted yourself.  You continue to offer faith, hope and love. You are my standard. Happy 50th Birthday, John.

I love you,

1 Corinthians 13

Common English Bible (CEB)

Love: the universal spiritual gift

13 If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I donít have love, Iím a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but I donít have love, Iím nothing. 3 If I give away everything that I have and hand over my own body to feel good about what Iíve done but I donít have love, I receive no benefit whatsoever.

4 Love is patient, love is kind, it isnít jealous, it doesnít brag, it isnít arrogant, 5 it isnít rude, it doesnít seek its own advantage, it isnít irritable, it doesnít keep a record of complaints, 6 it isnít happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. 7 Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails. As for prophecies, they will be brought to an end. As for tongues, they will stop. As for knowledge, it will be brought to an end. 9 We know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, what is partial will be brought to an end. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, reason like a child, think like a child. But now that I have become a man, Iíve put an end to childish things. 12 Now we see a reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have been completely known. 13 Now faith, hope, and love remainóthese three thingsóand the greatest of these is love.


From Jeni:

To John, you are my inspiration in being a better person. I had watched you on Touched By An Angel since I was a really little girl and I grew up loving your character Andrew, but best of all appreciating you as a person. I have really wished I had met you or even had gotten your autograph. But here I can let you know that you had bring joy and inspiration into my heart to help others in need. Thank you for giving your family, friends, and fans 47 great years with you. Happy 50th Birthday!!! I hope you enjoy your birthday with your mom in heaven!!!  ♥


From Natasha:

Natasha Wright Happy 50th Birthday John, even though I liked all the characters in Touched By an Angel, I must admit you were my favourite. When my baby boy Michael went to heaven nearly 5 years ago I often call him my Angel Boy like Tess called your character in the show. I have learnt alot over the years from your character Andrew and the others and as I watch the show over and over I am still learning. So I hope you have a heavenly birthday. Best wishes  0:-) ♥ 


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