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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Jessica Tran`s Pay It Foward

Part 1: What is "Pay Is Forward?"

Pay It forward is the concept of doing a kind deed or a random act of kindness for someone and expecting nothing in return but for them to also "Pay It Forward" to another 3 people and then those people will "Pay It Forward" to another 3 people each and you soon, you will see that there will be a lot of acts of kindness that just started with ONE person, It's kind of like a virus but a good one, a kind of virus that gets everyone to do good things for people that might not be as lucky as you are, or just a random act of kindness that could make someone's day.

Part 2: 
What was your Pay It Forward act of kindness?
  I did a couple of acts of kindness actually, one of them was giving out dad cookies with notes saying " Enjoy the cookie! Have an amazing day! Pay it forward! -spsflames,the second thing wass putting notes on people's windshield, the third thing was donating money to Salvation Army, the fourth thing was giving a box of cookies, dad cookies with a thank you note to the fire fighters and the last thing was to donating hats and mitts to Koats for Kids!

Why did you choose this activity? 
I chose this act of kindness activity because I wanted to make someone's day or make someone smile because making other people smile make me smile also! I also wanted to thank the fire fighters because they already risk their lives trying to save ours so Gem and I decided to Pay It Forward to them too! I also wanted to donate to Salvation army because they find food and clothing for children and families, offer shelter for people who don't have a home and rehabilitation for people who are trying to get their life back on track from bad addictions and we donated to Koats for Kids because they help children find jackets, mitts, hats and winter needs for children who don't have them! and in Winterpeg you definitely need all of those! 

Who did you help?

The cookies didn't really help someone, but it made someone smile! When we donated to Salvation Army though, We helped those people who have a hard time getting clothes, food and shelter. We need those basic things to live and I'm glad Salvation Army tries to help people find those! We also helped children have new mitts and hats by donating for Koats for Kids! 

When did you do you act of kindness?
I did this act of kindness on December 1st at Polo Park Shopping Mall around 12 - 2, and at The Fire and Paramedic Service on Sargent Ave around 3. 

Part 3:
How did your act of kindness go?
I think my act of kindness went very well! It was a successful day and we made a difference in somebody's life!  

What Happened?
Well, alot happend! The first thing we did was go to Polo Park, Gem and I then started going up to strangers and we told them that "we are doing a project called Pay it Forward and as our act of kindness, we are giving out free cookies! would you like one?". After that we went outside to the parking lot and started putting notes on people's wind shield and the last thing we did was go to the Fire Paramedic Service on Sargent ave. to give the firefighters cookies and a letter! We also donated out Koats for Kids things there. 

How did you feel?
At first I felt a little nervous and shy to go up to people but then I stopped feeling that way and started to feel proud and excited instead! 

How did the person or people react?
People reacted kind of confused at first but then they were thankful that we gave them those cookies after and we didn't really get to see people's reactions when we gave the notes on the cars but I'm sure they were thankful too and The firefighter captain was also thankful for all the things we gave them and the stuff the donated.

Did you ask the person or people to "Pay It Forward"?
Yes! I did ask the person to "Pay It Forward!"

How did they react to your request?
After we asked them to "Pay It Forward" they said that they were going to try to remember to Pay It forward to another person sometime in the day or week and I think they were pretty amazed that we did that act of kindness!

Part 4
Why is the idea of "Pay it Forward" important?
The idea of "Pay It Forward" is important because it teaches young people like me, or adults also to not be selfish. It doesn't have to make a BIG difference,it can just be a little thing! Like what I did. Simple but yet it makes little difference in somebody's life. Starting their day out with a smile on their face or you can just donate and little thing like an old shirt you don't wear anymore or help other people find food, shelter and clothing!

Has your act of kindness made a difference?
My act of kindness made a little difference in those people lives that we handed cookies out to, my act of kindness also made a difference to those people who will be getting food, shelter or clothing from the money we donated to Salvation Army and last, we made a difference in those children that will receive the hats and mitts we bought! 

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