Inspiration can be found everyday. People can and do join each other in paying it forward. Ashley Jiron began paying it forward through her restaurant and her Share the Nuts movement allowed customers to participate and pay it forward as well.
Ashley Jiron is now a successful and respected business owner in Oklahoma, however she went through a time in her life when she really struggled and needed help. She was a single mother of two daughters struggling to get by and put food on the table. She had state assistance and food stamps, but it was a struggle especially at the end of the month. She persevered and worked hard until she was able to open her first diner, P.B. Jams in Warr Acres, Oklahoma. She noticed that someone had been rummaging in the diner’s dumpster for food. She decided to reach out to help this presumably homeless individual to pay it forward. She posted notices on the dumpster and in her diner’s windows to invite the individual in for a free meal.
This kindness given by Ashley Jiron brought a lot of attention. Stories were written and Ashley received media attention, even being featured in a story on the television program The Chew. Another example of Ashley’s generosity is when she helped another single mother by collecting donations for this mother’s son’s birthday. Ashley, also, started Share the Nuts at her restaurant. Through this program customers would pay for the meals of future customers that would not be able to afford a meal by themselves. Customers would pay and then fill out and post a note for a future customer. This customer would simply use a note from the board dedicated for this purpose to pay for their meal. Thousands of people have supported Ashley’s actions through social media. She started a GoFundMe page for people that want to help and cannot come into the diner. Donations not used by the end of each month go towards purchasing food for a homeless shelter, school supplies, and other items that are in need.
Ashley Jiron now lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She became the owner-operator of The Taco in March, 2016. She has continued to aid others as well. An example of this support was in late 2015 when she supported and then shared her support of Sisu. Sisu provides overnight shelter to Oklahoma youth. She has gone on #sharethenuts travels with her daughters supporting and giving to many individuals and organizations.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!