Pay it foward (for fun)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I try to do my best to help people in need.

The other day, my husband and son went to McDonalds (gasp). There was an elderly gentlemen there who really liked my son for whatever reason. He gave him $5 dollars for no reason. My husband tried to refuse, but the man handed it to my son. It was such a nice gesture.

The other day at my local grocery store, there was a homeless man standing on the corner at the light begging for money. I took out my wallet and gave him $5 dollars. I was trying to "pay it foward"

If you have not heard of this, it isn't about money really. It is about someone doing a good deed, and them in return doing another good deed for someone else. Have you "paid it foward" Lately?

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Brandi - posted on 03/10/2011

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Yes. I bought $70 in groceries for a girl standing on the street corner holding a sign that said, "Family with 2 newborn babies, in need of help." I asked her what she needed and went to the store and came back with groceries. She started crying and thanking me, it was heart warming.

~Jennifer - posted on 03/10/2011

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I was given a car (minivan) by my parents - the Saturn I had was too small and not reliable on long trips, but great for around town, so my husband used the Saturn for work.

Fast forward - my grandfather (dad's dad)passes away, and my father receives his father's car - dad then gives his 'old' car to the tenant that used to live in their rental house (the guy needed a car).....fast forward again, my mom passes away, my dad keeps her car and gives the one he got from his dad to my husband, in place of the Saturn ( he was using it to drive to work, but it wasn't a 'necessary' vehicle for our household.)

Shortly after my husband rec'd the car from my dad, I was talking to my neighbor. She was telling me how her car kept breaking down - she usually made it about half-way to work or school before the car overheated, or just plain died and wouldn't start again.....so I went in the house, signed the title to the saturn over to her, handed her the keys and said, "here..... now you have a car that won't break down"

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Although we can't afford to give people money or buy their groceries etc we do try and help where we can. At the doctors the other day I helped an elderly gentleman with the door so he didn't have to struggle (he was using two walking sticks and was really unsteady) even though I was in pain (from my SPD) - I couldn't believe that everyone else there just averted their eyes - I suppose in their heads if you can't see the person struggling their not struggling!

I also have two bin bags full of stuff that my hubby has to take to our local charity shop for them to sell on to help people who need help.

If I see someone struggling I will always offer them help because when I am in the same situation I would like the same courtesy - I believe in Karma, if you do good you get good back!

Tracey - posted on 03/18/2011

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If I do something for my pupils I tell them they owe me a good deed which they have to do for someone else, then that person owes a good deed and it goes on and on.

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2011

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I have 4 daughters under age 8 and whenever the youngest 2 (twins) grow out of their clothes, I bag them up and send them to friends who need them. I once stuck a $20 bill in some lady's purse at the grocery store while she wasn't looking. She had 2 kids and they all looked like they could use a shower/warm clothes. Oh and just recently my Grandmother tried paying me half of the $60 I spent on hers and our dinner one night but I snuck the money back into her coat pocket when she wasn't looking.

Veronica - posted on 03/10/2011

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I do that too Jenn Morris -- I get a crap load of stuff from family - and Ive passed a lot on to my SIL's, or charity.

Veronica - posted on 03/10/2011

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My grandparents always opened their home to people, and my grandmother was always a gracious hostess - making sure everyone was welcomed, felt at home, and were fed well. I do the same thing - I love having company over, I love hostessing them, making sure they get a decent meal, that they are comfortable in my home. I also give without asking for anything in return - my motto - the Lord says he will provide. If someone asks me for $20, I give them the $20 - that is how God provides to them, through me. And in return, we have always been provided for - even at our lowest - scrimping off scrap meals/goulash, bareley scraping by - we still are fed, housed, clothed and take care of. See someone starving, feed them; See someone naked, clothe them; etc. etc. Its just the right thing to do -- and there is a such thing as karma - what you push out, does come back to you. Remember the golden rule? treat others like you would want to be treated :)

Jenn and Brandi, those are touching stories :) @ Maria - anything is better than nothing - you could simply walk by with your nose in the air, and judge them for being homeless. @Deanna - be humble about it, give without expectations, there is a reason he is there -- my mom took in a lot of 'losers' and bums (my bros. friends) - but they left with feeling loved, and cared for, and went on to school and better lives -- she made sure to get them on their feet.
Figure out what you can do to help him out. But never complain - ever.

Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

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I don't have money to give things to people really, but I always smile at strangers, hold doors for people, etc. Also, I have been blessed by great friends and family who pass on their kids hand-me-downs to my kids, so when my kids have outgrown things I always pass them on to others instead of trying to sell them and make money off of it.

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Im in that same boat my fiances older brother lives with us in our new house. . . ugh we should switch stories!

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I "pay it forward" every single day for the last 16 mos. My DH brought his bummy, idiot of a friend to live in our basement. I think this should be labeled as a pay it forward that I haven't killed the dude yet. Ugh! I can't wait for April 1st when he is supposed to leave!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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Every little bit can help Maria. It is alot to someone who does not have a home.

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One time i was at the grocery store ( i was pregnant) and this lady walked up to me and my fiance i thought she wanted our cart and instead handed us 40$ she said for us to go treat ourselves before the came. It was really nice :) so what i always try and do is give change to the homeless i kno may not seem like a really big deal but its not like we are rich either however i do try and give as much as i can when i can

Brandi - posted on 03/10/2011

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You know, I have been in a similar situation where you fall on hard times. Your children shouldn't have to suffer. So I did what I could. She then could take whatever money she had and buy for her babies knowing she has food for herself and her husband. They had both just lost their jobs. I also ave her numbers to a few places that I knew were hiring, and gave her my number. She called a few weeks after and thanked me, and said she got one of the jobs. :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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That is so sweet Brandi! When I worked up in Boston, there were alot of homeless around...I would kinda do the same thing. Go by them a sandwich, or pizza, whatever I could afford.

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