Pay it Forward Day

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Pay it Forward day is about people from all walks of life giving to someone else and making a positive difference.

You can pay it forward in many different ways, one of the most popular being paying for someone's coffee in the drive-thru line behind you...creating a chain effect.

Ben Kaempfer started a chain effect at Starbucks. He said he knows how it feels to be treated kindly. "It means the world to you, just to know there's that little bit of hope that there's goodness around you," he said.

Jack Rolling benefited from someone who paid for his coffee. He said, "It feels great! It feels good knowing that people really do care, and that someone cares enough to do something nice to you, and it encouraged me to do the same."

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Opening doors, or paying for people's expired meters.

"I'm paying back for the kindness that I've had all my life," said Joan Guilday. Guilday volunteers at the Senior Center.

Whether you're paying for someones toll, or even just smiling. People say the easiest way to pay it forward is by practicing random acts of kindness.

One FSU group has started a monthly project called "practicing random acts of kindness."

Haylee Lamb is a member of the Student Alumni Association that started the activity on campus. She said, "Open a door for somebody else, kind of have a more positive attitude after it happens to them, maybe thinking twice before walking through a door and not holding it open for someone behind them, you know simple things like that."

Ben Kaempfer said, "Especially for somebody random, it makes it that much more fun. Cause you never know what kind of difference you're going to make in somebody's life."

Delmae Darling pays it forward daily. She said, "Just because of that act, I'm like you know what- it's a good day today."

95 year old Dera Nessen pays it forward by spending every Thursday playing the piano at the Senior. Spreading a little joy the way she knows best.

Nessen added, "They seem to enjoy it, so I enjoy it more. I get a lot back, in love and appreciation."

Bill Leonard rolls up his sleeves to donate platelets every two weeks, religiously.

Leonard said, "I just think it's important to give to the community, and I don't need it!."

Even at a young age, kids have their own unique way of paying it forward.

Amantez Ford does his part to spread joy. Ford said, "If I see someone looking sad I cheer them up ... I take them somewhere to eat!"

"Well most times I either say a kind word, or either I give hugs, or smiles," said Darling.

For many who pay it forward, they continue the streak because they know how it made them feel.

Nancy Hammet also volunteers at the Senior Center. She said, "Sometimes people can have a bad day, and if you can smile- it helps you also."

National Pay it Forward Day may only be a 24 hour period, but spreading a little kindness can last a lifetime.


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