Thursday, April 26, 2012


  • Pay for someone’s cup of coffee
  • Get the next person’s food, toll, petrol, etc.
  • Help someone out in need



Many of you may have seen the movie ‘Pay It Forward’ or have read the novel of the same name, a story about a young boy who did 3 good deeds for others in need. In return, all that the child wanted was that they pass on the good deed to three other people and keep the cycle going.

One good deed might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness can spark us to become better people.

So how does it work?

Do between one and three good deeds for others without asking for anything in return. Instead the recipient should be instructed to pay it forward to someone else in need.


Ideas on Paying It Forward

You may be just one person in this world, but to one person, at one time, you are the world. Imagine if each individual looked for the opportunity to help others each day. Imagine the difference that would make.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Teresa

Can for kindness – you can collect cans of non perishable foods and give to refuge or other organization who would benefit

Book Giving – Collect books and distribute to needy groups (which might be in a poor country)

Charity Day – Sausage sizzle, selling chocolates etc. to raise money for a local charity in need

Hospital – many patients have to pay for the use of the television……..perhaps you can ask the company involved to offer discounted or free TV for patients on PIFD

Buying the train or bus ticket for the person behind you (+give them a card)

Donating some of your professional services to someone in need on the day – free hour consultation / etc….

Buy a stranger a cup of coffee and leave a Pay it Forward card for them

On a rainy day, buy a few umbrella’s and give them to those who don’t have one and are getting wet. You could attach a Pay it Forward Card to the umbrella

Visit your local church and ask if there is any family that might need your help

The possibilities are endless.