Pay it forward is doing an act of kindness to help someone else and not expecting anything in return. This idea came from the movie “Pay it Forward” In this movie, a boy named Trevor has an assignment to make a difference in the world. So what he decided to do is do something for 3 people. Those three people have to do something nice for another three people, then the next three people do the same thing. As you see the numbers get larger every time.
For my Pay it Forward project my group, Melanie Ilagan, Jocelle Garcia, Allison Manuel and I raised money for Siloam Mission. Everyday weekday we went around Sargent Park School asking for donations and on Saturday we went to Superstore. In return we gave them candy canes and chocolate to thank them for their kindness in donating to a good cause. We decided to do this so we can help other people who can’t don’t have all their needs met.
While at school we collected around $42. My group and I didn’t think it was much since our goal was $100. While we were at Super Store we stayed by the entrance/exit doors for about 1-2 hours. We made $183! I was extremely happy, and shocked of how well we did in such a short period of time. I didn’t think we would reach our goal but we did and made twice as much as our goal! We have all the money but have not gave it to Siloam Mission. We will sometime during the week. The people who passed us seemed shocked about what we were doing. At the same time, the seemed really glad with what we were doing. There were lots of people giving us ideas on how to attract more people. One man who worked at Super Store told us to say what charity we were giving the money too. One lady told us to write Siloam Mission on our poster. Another lady told us to sing Christmas songs. So we took all of their advice and it did make a difference! The other thing that made a difference was our poster. People would walk by and take a glimpse of our poster. Once they read it they changed their mind and donated. On our poster it said “Make a difference. Pay it forward. We are learning about how one person can make a difference. All proceeds will go to charity” and there was another poster saying it’s all going to Siloam Mission. So I think our act of kindness went very well and I’m proud of what we did.
The idea of “Pay it Forward” is important because it shows us that one person CAN make a difference and nothing is impossible. I know my act of kindness will make a difference as soon as my group and I give the money to Siloam Mission. It will allow a few homeless people to have a meal to eat and a safe place to sleep and a shelter to stay for a while. It will mean a lot to them especially because it’s almost Christmas and everyone deserves to be happy.