4 Ideas on How to Pay It Forward

How to give gifts that keep on giving

Even in these tough times, most of us are blessed -- even if we don't realize it. If you stop to think about the fact that you have either your health, a roof over your head or enough to eat (or all three!), then you might realize that you have more than others. There are so many of us who are blessed with ways to pay it forward to others. Here are four pay-it-forward ideas to inspire you to be generous with the blessings in your life.

Be a mentor

Even if you are short on cash, you can still pay it forward to the younger generation by passing along your years of wisdom and knowledge. Find out about volunteering with an organization such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, a local school or a community organization. A child can benefit mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally just from your time and wisdom.

Make a care package

Most of us are all blessed with everyday items that we generally take for granted, like toothpaste, a brush, lotion and toilet paper. An easy way to be generous is by taking a trip to your local drugstore and grabbing enough items to make a few packages of necessities. You can put them in boxes, baskets or even bags from the grocery store, and then drive around your town and hand them out to the homeless or others you see in need.

Surprise another with kindness

If you aren’t strapped for cash, then pay it forward by paying for the meal of the person behind you in line at a drive through, the toll for the car behind you at the toll booth or the ticket for the person behind you at the movies. Another fun way to pay it forward by surprise is to walk down the street and put a quarter in every meter you see that’s about to expire. These anonymous acts of generosity will mean more than you will ever know.

Show support with your time

A great way to pay it forward is by taking the time to show up at concerts, gallery openings, lectures and other events that support local artists and their ventures. You could also take the time to help someone on his moving day or give a ride to a person without a car. Using your time to pay it forward sends a strong message of support that will not be overlooked, and will cause others to want to continue the giving.

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