Pay It Forward Day is Sunday, April 28!
The idea behind Pay It Forward is to foster a nicer world by performing a random act of kindness for a stranger. It was inspired by Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Pay It Forwardnovel published in 1999. A movie by the same name and The Pay It Forward Foundation both followed in 2000.
The celebration itself, Pay It Forward Day, was established in 2007 by Blake Beattie of Australia who was inspired by Hyde’s Pay It Forward movement.
Pay It Forward Day takes place every year on April 28 and aims to encourage a community of caring and kindness. It helps advance the idea that one small act of kindness can make a big difference.
Pay It Forward Day isn’t associated with any specific organization, foundation, or charity. It’s free to participate in, and if you don’t have the financial resources to do something, you can also donate your time. The premise is simply to encourage people to spread kindness out of the goodness of their hearts. The hope is that by performing an act of kindness, we will inspire the recipient to do a kind act which causes a ripple effect that will reach well beyond our knowledge and scope. It seems to be working because over 85 countries now participate!
The employees of Truckstop.com are joining the fun. Having received an unexpected bonus on April 3, they’ve been paying it forward all month! Check out some of their responses – the best part of which is how quickly they went to wanting to help others.
Need some ideas for how to pay it forward?
- Pay for a coffee or lunch for the person behind you in line.
- Visit your local Humane Society and walk a dog.
- Donate your time to a foodbank or homeless shelter.
- Help a neighbor with some yard work.
- Buy some best-selling books and donate them to your library.
- Gets some playing cards and other games and give them to a senior center.
- Talk to your church to see if there’s a family in need that you can help.
- Leave a potted plant or special snacks on someone’s desk at work.
- Donate to your favorite charity.
- Join Trucker Buddy International which connects drivers to kids as pen pals (kids practice writing, sending letters, and learn about the life of a truck driver).