NYPD Officer Caught in Act of Kindness: How You Can Pay It Forward - Page 2
- If you are a traffic scrooge, why not take a full week and flip your commuting emotions on their head? Be overly patient, let people merge in, slow down, wave people through the intersection. Put on cheery music and smile...
- Wrangle up all of your old magazines that have been gathering dust under your coffee table, and bring them to your local senior center.
- Gather up the old coats you and your family members no longer wear, and donate them to a local shelter or thrift store.
- Contact your local Marine Corps Toys for Tots and see if they would like to put up a box to gather toy donations at your office.
- Bring a cup of coffee or tea to someone at work, fresh from your favorite coffee shop. While getting that cup of coffee, why not plunk down $5 with the barista to pay for the cup of joe of the car behind you?
- Rake your neighbor's lawn while they are away.
- Honor your local first responders, and bring a few boxes of donuts or cookies (or fresh baked items) to your local fire and police departments.
- Drop off a few really big bags of pet food to your local animal shelter.
- Find a charity you support, make a donation online, and share that fact online. Be sure to both "Like" their Facebook page and provide a lengthy post as to why they have made a big difference in you or your loved one's life. Encourage your friends to also donate.
Remember, it's not about the thank you's you will receive, or the fact that only you (and who you help) will know of the deed. It's about the ripple you cause, by moving the heart of the person you touch.
As NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo has proven, some ripples can travel very, very far indeed...