Parents who lose a child, often find it hard to move forward for fear they will forget their child's sweet face, inquisitive eyes, their little voice, their scent, and laughter. Their lives may have been cut short but the impact they leave behind is felt by everyone they touched. Even complete strangers can feel love for a child they never met.
It is hard to move forward, even more difficult is knowing how to honour that precious being who is never forgotten. Richard Specht and his wife lost their 22-month-old son Richard Edwin-Ehmer Specht (Rees) when he drowned in the backyard pond of their home, on October 27, 2012.
Through the grief, the family wanted to honour Rees and make the world a better place in his name. They started the foundation ReesSpecht Life, a pay-it-forward movement of good deeds.
The family writes on the foundation website that "Our little Boy’s life was brief, but we hope to make his legacy eternal. We all possess the ability to do something Super: Respect each other, respect ourselves: ReesSpecht life."
They have set up a memorial scholarship in the boy’s name.
The Spechts also hand out business cards that encourages strangers to do good deeds.
They initially printed 5,000 business cards. That number has increased to over 240,000 being handed out.
"He only had 22 months and everyone wants to make a difference in the world and we felt like he didn't have his chance. And we wanted to give him that chance to pay back the kindness we received after he passed away," says Specht.
The former teacher also goes to high schools to promote his foundation and good deeds.
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A waitress in New York had been serving a client for over a year.
His bill came to $43.50, he left her a hefty tip of $3,000 but not before asking her to do three things for him.
Thank you for your kindness and humility. My teacher in middle school had such a difficult experience a few years ago which has sparked me to do this. My only requirements are:
1.) Go to ReesSpechtLife.com and learn!
2.) Don’t let “Pay it forward” end with you.
3.) Since it’s about the idea and not about you, or me, if you decide to share this, don’t use either or our names!
Thank you for being around for all of my shows on and off Broadway. I hope that someday someone gives as much love and happiness into the world as you do.
Mike who wished to remain anonymous felt he wanted to do something.
“This woman had been serving us for almost a year now. She’s a lovely individual, and she talked about how she was served an eviction notice last month,” he told ABC News. “I just had also been constantly thinking about for quite some time my teacher’s project and this foundation, and I thought it was an appropriate time.”
Richard Specht / YouTube