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Paying It Forward & Wayfair


December is the month of giving. It's a time when we should be thinking of our loved ones and even strangers we don't know. Actually we should be doing this each and every day. But Christmastime is when it seems to be most thought about.

And we need to change that. The concept of giving should be all year long.

Paying it forward is a simple gesture from one person to another. The gesture we make does not have to be a big one. Just a thoughtful one. 





I have been paying it forward with the maintenance man right here at my apartment complex. 
He's been here for just a few months. So far, I've given him a coffee maker and set up a coffee bar in his office/shed. The lady in the front office does not drink coffee, so she doesn't make it for the other workers. 

I gave him a heater because there isn't heat in the building where he often works and places orders, etc. 

And he was working here yesterday, so I ordered a pizza for us to share. 

Today he was putting in new faucets for me, so I made him coffee.

He has his green card, but wants to become a US citizen. I told him that I will tutor him so that maybe it will be easier to pass the test this time around, as he has already taken it once.


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I truly believe that paying it forward not only makes you a better person, but it is a good example for children and others. 

When we do for others, I believe that we become a light that shines from within.
Okay, it's your turn. How are you going to pay it forward this month? Don't just think about giving back. Let's really take action.

And then let's keep it going the rest of the year. 

#blogitforward



More About #BlogItForward:
For the month of December, Wayfair is challenging bloggers to spread holiday cheer by doing a good deed. They told us that deeds could include any act of kindness, no matter how big or small. It’s up to us on how we want to give back!
Are you one who would like to #BlogItForward? Grab a badge, write a post on your blog explaining how you gave back, and challenge two of your blogging friends to participate!
For every blog that includes the badge, Wayfair will donate $50 to Habitat for Humanity.
The Blog it Forward challenge will end December 31st, though we encourage everyone to keep spreading acts of kindness beyond that!
About Wayfair:
forwardWayfair offers a zillion things home. With one of the world’s largest online selections of furniture, home furnishings, décor and goods, including more than seven million products from over 7,000 suppliers, Wayfair helps people find the perfect product at the right price. Our extensive selection and superior customer service coupled with the convenience of online shopping, make it easier than ever before to find exactly what you want for your home at a price you can afford.


Ideas for Giving Back
Here are a few to get you started:
Surprise a stranger by buying them a cup of coffee
Pay the tolls for a car behind you in line
Offer a spare umbrella to someone in a rainstorm
Surprise a neighbor with freshly-baked treats
Bring a donation to a cause you support
Leave a gas gift card at a pump
Surprise a service worker with an extra big tip
Offer to do grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor
Rake your neighbor's yard or snow blow their driveway when they are at work
Send flowers to the office staff at your child's school
We can't wait to see how you #BlogItForward!

I challenge Kim from Savvy Southern Style and Benita from Chasing Quaintness to Blog It Forward. 


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  1. Every Tuesday, my best friend and I stand out in front of our church and give out lunches (sandwich, chips, cookies and a bottle of water). In the past year we have gone from giving out 25 lunches to 65 or so. The ministry has become so successful that the church is now funding our food, and others in the neighborhood come to help us out. The local high school sends over ROTC cadets to work with us. Just recently, we have added free coats, hats, hoodies and sweaters that our church members have given us. Best Pay-It-Forward of my life.

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  2. Oh, how inspiring! What a wonderful gift you keep on giving. We need so many more people just like you.

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  3. Oh, how inspiring! What a wonderful gift you keep on giving. We need so many more people just like you.

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  4. I will take this challenge Brenda! Let me tell you what's going on in my neighborhood at this moment. A baby in our neighborhood was born with a birth defect that will require months of surgery in another state. We started Tuesday and have collected $1300 to give to the young family. Warms my heart completely. :)

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  5. I love this idea and totally love "paying it forward"....we've all needed help at one time or another!! I accept your challenge Brenda and thank you for the reminder! ! Love ya! !

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    1. We all need a little help from our friends. Or sometimes strangers.

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  6. I am collecting food for some of the residents who live where my mom lives. xo Laura

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    1. That's wonderful, Laura, helping the elderly. When I lived in TX, I had a Meals On Wheels route.

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  7. I'm collecting special veterinary specialty food for a local cat shelter.

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    1. Pets are near and dear to my heart! This makes me happy!

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  8. I donate to our local food bank/women's shelter every month. I've also adopted a soldier, and I send him care packages every month, as well.

    Georgia

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    1. That is fantastic! We must not forget our wonderful soldiers protecting us.

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  9. I just (financially) sponsored an unadoptable cat at the animal shelter. Will take care of Calvin for the rest of his life...

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    1. This makes me smile. A shame that Calvin is unadoptable. Wonder why?

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  10. God bless you Brenda, and all the people above who have responded with such kindness. There are far too few people in this world,who pay it forward. You are a WONDERFUL inspiration to all of us that are reading your blog. Thank you so much!!!

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  11. Lovely idea. I love the way you help out the maintenance man. He is so far down the totem pole that help probably does not come his way very often. He does right by you but you give without being asked. I know you said he is raising his grandchildren. If I lived close I'd love to pass down some clothes (if my grand girls were the size of his). They out grow items before they are worn out. In fact, I often by used and they are still good when they change sizes. Might be another way to help him in the future. Especially school clothes.

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  12. Wayfair is donating $50 per blogger...How generous..makes me wish I had a blog just to contribute...Habitat for Humanity is an awesome program..I have been a "Pay It Forward" person and will be until the day I leave for the other side..I do not have much myself but what I do have can always be shared..The kindness that you show to Israel..will come back to you many times over..you just have to recognize it when it happens..Hugs to you and the pups...

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  13. Great post and great ideas. We need to do this more. I hope to come up with some things to do just that.

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  14. When I received 3 pairs of jeans I ordered on-line, that were the wrong size, I decided to post about them on a Facebook Group page and Give them to someone who really needed them. It was wonderful. I actually just posted [last week] on that same group, 2 Wayfair Reclining chairs with ottomans [barely used] and gave them away to 2 different people. It felt so good, seeing their eyes all light up.

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  15. I feed every night two feral colonies and have adopted 3 from the feral colonies that were sick. One I had to have a broken leg amputated because it was infected so badly. I also make sure I donate my things to charities who show their financial reports to be actually caring for the poor. Goodwill us not one of them. You can check charity on Snopes.com.I also buy food and pet food for a food pantry near by. Love to buy pet food so that those in need have something for their fur babies too.

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    1. God bless you for taking care of those kitties! Especially the one with the broken leg - you personally relieved a tremendous amount of suffering. Thank you, Barbara!

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    2. You are correct that Goodwill doesn't give to the poor. I worked there as a RN. Their mission is focused on job training for the developmentally disabled and vets. The sale of merchandise in stores go to train and pay their salaries. They work on getting their clients jobs in the community. They actually give tours where their main offices are located. They do wonderful work.
      Kudos to you for taking care of the cats. That's a marvelous thing.
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    3. You are correct that Goodwill doesn't give to the poor. I worked there as a RN. Their mission is focused on job training for the developmentally disabled and vets. The sale of merchandise in stores go to train and pay their salaries. They work on getting their clients jobs in the community. They actually give tours where their main offices are located. They do wonderful work.
      Kudos to you for taking care of the cats. That's a marvelous thing.
      Ann R

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