“Tis the season – The time of year we all start getting the Christmas “Wish List” from our kids, and we start seeing our bank accounts dwindle. As I look over my kids list, I start thinking about how lucky we are. We may not live in the best house or drive the nicest cars, or have money to go on fancy vacations; But as I see families struggle to buy groceries, pay the rent, and counting out pennies for their children’s school lunch, I really start to feel even more blessed.
Every year for the past 5 years we have sponsored a family at Christmas. I have never seen my kids so excited to GIVE something away, especially if it was on their own list! It gives us all a great feeling being able to give to others that are in a tight spot, or not quite as fortunate as us.
This year, due to unforseen financial situations, were not able to sponsor an entire family. But that won’t stop us – we are sponsoring a child and we want to make it great for them!. .. And since we aren’t able to sponsor more then one, we’ve decided to help YOU “Pay it Forward”!
We are sponsoring an iPad Nano Giveaway – the lucky winner will be able to PAY IT FORWARD to someone they think deserves it! But even if your not a winner, there are many ways you can PAY IT FORWARD this Christmas season:
Be attentive wherever you are for opportunities to help someone. Perhaps you have an elderly or disabled neighbor who is too proud to ask for help with their yard work or maybe you’re in a restaurant and see someone who looks like they could use some kind stranger to pay for their meal. You can change people’s attitudes about the world through your unobtrusive acts of kindness
Do something nice for someone you don’t know (or don’t know very well). It should be something significant, and not for a person from whom you expect a good deed — or anything at all, for that matter — in return.
Spread the word. If the person thanks you and wants to “repay” you (that is, pay it “back”), let them know that what you’d really like is for them to pay it “forward” — you’d like them to do something nice for three people they don’t know, and ask those three people to do something nice for three more people. The idea is to consciously increase the goodness of the world
Pay it forward. When you notice that somebody has done something nice for you, make a note in your mind to practice three acts of kindness towards other people, as described in Step 3.