Pay It Forward Day

Remember that Haley Joel Osment Pay It Forward movie?  Did you know that an entire social movement has sprung up around the concept of “paying it forward”?  From the Pay It Forward Foundation’s website:

The premise of the novel Pay It Forward is one that any person can implement in his or her own life, at any time. It begins with doing a favor for another person– without any expectation of being paid back. Indeed one would request that the recipient of that favor do the same for someone else: ideally for three other people. The unconditional favors can be large or small. As the fictional 12-year-old Trevor observes, “It doesn’t have to be a big thing. It can just seem that way, depending who you do it for.”

Trumpets please!  Today is International Pay It Forward Day!  The Pay It Forward Day’s website claims participation from 28 countries around the world.  In the US there have been five state proclamations, one county proclamation, and 12 city proclamations declaring April 29th Pay It Forward Day.  So get out there and do some good!

In honor of Pay It Forward Day: 

The hubby and I finally joined Kiva.org and made our first microloan!  You can visit our lender page and learn more about the shoe salesman from Palestine we (and 82 other lenders) are supporting.

Today I corralled six coworkers and went to lunch at Santorini’s in Eden Prairie to support Dining Out For Life.

This is a fun idea I heard from a friend of mine: I plan on doing drive-through for dinner, and I’m going to pay for the person behind me in line.  I’m giving to ask the drive through guy to give the person behind me one of the Pay It Forward cards.

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I’d love to hear from you if you are doing anything above and beyond for Pay It Forward Day.

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