Kelsey’s Dream to Change the World

Every month I research a different topic for a poster board at Centra Cam. Cherilyn and I are going to use some of these topics and my research to share on my blog. I did an activity and asked the staff and individuals to participate. I asked them to draw their hand and write down some ideas to pay it forward. This is my hand.

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I recently watch the movie Pay it Forward and decided that would be a good topic to share with everyone. I think it is important to think of others before you think of yourself.

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Here is what I learned from the movie, I recommend you watch it. But make sure you have a box of kleenex you will need them really bad!

The main character, Trevor McKinney had some hard issues to deal with in his life. These problems in his life made him feel uncomfortable because he didn’t quite understand them. Trevor was inspired when his social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet gave him an assignment to change the world.

Trevor’s idea was very original. He wanted to help three people. His idea was that if someone does something nice to you, to turn around and do something nice for someone new. He called this idea Pay it Forward.

Trevor’s assignment made a big difference in the lives of many people. I recommend this movie, it was inspiring for me to watch it, I hope it inspires you too!

Doing something good for someone else without expecting anything in return is known as paying it forward, and it’s a great way to stay on the right side of karma. While this is a good idea every day, April 28 is International Pay It Forward Day.

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The message is simple: do something nice for someone and ask nothing in return other than they do something nice for someone else. Part of the beauty of this idea is that it doesn’t have to cost a cent.

Be kind

I want to help people learn about how they can make a difference in their community through paying it forward.

Think of it as the ultimate anti-bullying strategy. By raising awareness and having conversations about kindness, then following through with our actions.

Doing good for others can have a power, positive effect on the immune system.

I want to encourage you to find a way to pay it forward and try to change the world to make it a better place! I challenge you from today until April 29th the day after International Pay it Forward Day to do something kind and share it with me! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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Some ideas that you might want to try:

  • If you know someone that can’t do something like shovel walk, mow their lawn, take out their garbage…. offer to help them
  • If someone you know doesn’t drive or can’t right now offer to go do errands for them or take them to their appointments
  • At a drive through, pay for the car behind’s meal and give the cashier a Pay it Forward card to pass on…You could do this at the train station, at a coffee shop – anywhere you like.
  • Tell the manager of a restaurant how great your waiter/waitress was. This can happen in any store / business you visit. Aim at brightening someone else’s day.
  • Cook a casserole for a new mother or a family that is going through something and just needs a help.
  • If you are washing your own car or mowing your own lawn, do the same for your next door neighbor
  • Do some work for a client or one that can’t afford your services free of charge – just ask that they Pay it Forward
  • Next time you go grocery shopping buy a little extra and take it to the food bank.
  • Go through your closet and donate clothes you no longer need.
  • Donate your gently used books.
  • Smile at someone. Give someone a smile. You’ll see that many people will quickly loosen up and return the smile.
  • Donate blood. By donating your blood, you can potentially help another person to live. What could be more beautiful than doing something that helps someone else to stay alive?
  • Listen to someone’s story. Many people don’t have someone who listens to them, someone who cares about them. You could be that someone. You don’t even have to find a solution to all their problems, sometimes it simply takes someone who is willing to listen.
  • Give some words of encouragement. There are many situations in life where we see the most ludicrous things happen to strangers. Don’t be the one who just stops to stare, be the one who helps them to get back up.
  • Spend some time with the elderly. There are many people in retirement homes that have no one who comes visiting. You could drop by your local old-age home and ask if there’s someone whose day you could brighten.
  • Offer to take a photo.  If you see someone taking pictures of their family, offer to take the picture so that this person can be alongside their family on the photo.
  • Leave your change where kids will easily find it. Remember that awesome day when you found some money when you were a little child? Well, now it’s your turn to pay this wonderful feeling forward to another child. Leave some of your change somewhere you know that kids will instantly spot it.
  • Pick up garbage. Many people are so careless about nature that they simply throw things away right where they are. By picking up some garbage, you can relieve the burden these ignorant people place on nature.
  • Carry someone’s bags. If you see an old lady struggling with all her bags from the grocery store, offer your help.
  • Help someone take off their coat if they are unable too.
  • Let others in the line go in front of you. If you’re standing in the line at the supermarket and you see that the person behind you is buying only a couple of things, let them go in front of you.
  • Say “yes” when someone asks for help. If someone asks you for help, see if you can help in any way shape or form. You may not always be able to solve the problem, but you can at least help to alleviate its effects.
  • Write a positive review of good businesses. Local business owners need all the support they can get. If you’ve come across a business whose owner does an incredible job, it’s time to spread the word.
  • Tell someone they made a difference in your life. There are many kindhearted people out there who give without asking for anything in return. If you’ve ever benefited greatly from someone’s kind actions, writing a letter is a fantastic way to thank your benefactor. Doing so will encourage them to continue giving freely.

I challenge you to do some of these pay it forward ideas and share them with me! Send me what you did or take a picture so I can share it on my blog. Cherilyn will collect your emails csharkey@cafcl.org or post on my Facebook page. I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

Here are some Random Act Of Kindness Cards we made. Please print them and use them with your Random Acts of Kindness!

Kelsey's Kindess Cards

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