Here's A Challenge For You Active Rainers - December Seasons Of Celebration & Sharing - Pay It Forward

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Here's A Challenge For You Active Rainers - December Seasons Of Celebration & Sharing - Pay It Forward

The official Pay It Forward Group is challenging everyone
to take part in the 12 Gifts of Christmas from now until December 24, 2011. 

Christmas ball decoration with a Pay It Forward Band on itIt's a simple challenge
, do something nice for the next 12 days and make a journal about it then send it in to Charlie Johnson (founder of Pay It Forward group) and he will create a site to post them on to encourage others around the world. He gave us some ideas but wants us to get creative as well.

Let's face it, do we really need anymore material things?
Well, maybe one! The feeling you get when you help others.

 Here's their suggestions to get you started:

--Buy food for a homeless person (or someone in need).
 This does not have to be expensive. $5 should cover lunch.

-- Write a kind, hand-written letter to someone that changed your life for the better. And no, I'm not talking about an email or a text...I'm talking about snail mail people.;) (This can be to a childhood friend, a teacher from the past, or even an old baby-sitter that impacted your life for the better.)

-- Pay for the person's order in line behind you in either the coffee drive-thru, fast food, a tollbooth, train ticket, etc. (There are a LOT of options here...)

-- Put grocery carts away in a random parking lot for other shoppers or find carts that others have left behind. It will help the employees out by bringing them indoors where they belong.

--Write a letter of thanks to the armed forces. (Yes, even if you don't support the war. Remember that these people are risking their lives daily in order to ensure our safety and Freedom).

 Here is the address:

A Million Thanks

17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861

--Buy or bake something for a neighbor. You may know them well, you may have never even introduced yourself. So here's your chance;)

-- Buy a $5 or $10 gift card for a grocery store, gas station, coffee place, etc. Leave the gift card on a random park bench or windshield of someone's car.

--Do something kind for the elderly. This can be anything from helping them to their car with heavy groceries, holding the door open for them, volunteering at a retirement home, or even raking their leaves.

-- Tape quarters to a vending machine. So simple, yet so convenient! I honestly cannot count how many times I have wanted a snack or a soda, but could not dig up that last quarter to satisfy my craving.

-- Leave a generous tip for a server, barista, or bartender along with a nice note. This will most likely make their night. Having been in all three of these positions, I know how easy it is to get discouraged when guests are difficult and do not tip. This could turn their entire day around!

-- Purchase a gift card at a local grocery store (of any amount). Turn around in line, and hand it to the first person you see. Then walk away. No explanation is needed. I'msure their expression will say it all.

-- YOUR turn to choose a random act of kindness. I thought it would be fun to see the different ideas everybody comes up with for this last day before Christmas. Be creative. The sky is the limit. =)

Join us on this Pay It Forward journey, show the world Active Rain cares and don't forget to submit your blog by email to CHAINLINKS08@GMAIL.COM !

What a way to say Merry Christmas! We think it will be fun to hear about all the good deeds that are done!

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Rainer
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Stephanie Stringer
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Al and Peggy,  This is great.   I enjoy doing those little things.  Some people are shocked and sometimes I have been given some strange looks by the receivers.  Here are a few more things to add to your list.  Pay someone's toll at the toll booth, buy a few hot chocolates at the local coffee shop and deliver them to the business next store to you, and the most rewarding one is to get my two children and we head to the nursing home to visit a few patients.  This one is so rewarding. 

December 15, 2011 09:41 AM
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Ed Silva
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Now that is interesting and different, I did 3 of them already this week: Set up a new TV for an elderly client, did the return of the shopping cart, and gave spare change to someone fumbling for money to pay for lunch

December 15, 2011 10:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Great ideas Stephanie! Hope you join the challenge!

Ed, so kind of you... sometimes the opportunity to PIF presents itself but we think you have to be watching for them, obviously you are!!

 

December 15, 2011 03:41 PM
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James Lyon
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These are great things to do and we can do them all year long as well.

December 15, 2011 03:43 PM
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Susan Jackson
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I missed the start date.  However, I will participate and this is a feel good project.

December 15, 2011 03:59 PM
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Anita Clark
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Al/Peggy...yet another way to really be focused about helping others during the Christmas season.  I like it.

December 15, 2011 07:30 PM
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All year, we like that idea James. Hope you join in the group on Facebook.

Great! Its never too late to join in the fun Susan, the more the better!

Glad to hear it Anita, hope you sign up on Facebook too!

 

December 15, 2011 08:28 PM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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There is nothing like good behaviour to make us feel good. The act itself is it's own reward.

Thanks Al and Peggy, for offering a place for us to show others what we did.

December 16, 2011 01:43 AM
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Hope to see you there Tom, and hopefully this will be contagious!

December 16, 2011 09:29 AM
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Liz Wallace
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Thanks for the nudge.  I may not keep a journal about it but you gave me some great ideas for paying it forward this next few days.

December 16, 2011 04:01 PM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
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Oops............all entries MUST have a photo or graphic (or video clip). Let me know when this is complete and I will come back and check it out. thanks.

December 19, 2011 03:26 PM
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Oh Liz that would be great and the Pay It Forward people will love it.

Oops....was going to shoot a special shot, better go do it, thanks for the heads up Barbara-Jo

December 19, 2011 04:30 PM
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Looks so much better with a picture, thanks for the heads up Barbara-Jo!

December 20, 2011 05:28 PM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
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thanks for taking care of it so I can count you in with the people who successfully completed the contest.

December 20, 2011 05:52 PM
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Thanks Barbara-Jo, Merry Christmas and all the best in 2012!

December 20, 2011 09:06 PM
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To the two of you and your family as well! It is 81 degrees here today!!!!

December 21, 2011 09:35 AM
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