"There is a force that makes us all brothers: None goes his way alone. All that we send to the lives of others comes back into our own." - Legendary Ohio State University Football Coach Woody Hayes on Paying it Forward.
Paying it forward is a third-party beneficiary concept that involves doing something good for someone in response to a good deed done on your behalf or a gift you received. The philosophy of Pay It Forward is that through acts of kindness among strangers, we all foster a more caring society.
One of the most important things that people should remember about this concept is that it should be done with a selfless spirit. This means that one person helps another without hoping for repayment or good deeds in return. In fact, there are some organizations that allow people to pay it forward anonymously, donating money, or performing good deeds without hoping for recognition. As far as the receiver of the money, gift, or good deed is concerned, he or she is told only to do something good for someone else.
We each have the opportunity every day to show someone kindness. We can share a meal with someone. As we have heard about in the news, we can buy someone a Starbucks coffee. We can volunteer with a program to clean up our community. We can volunteer to help someone learn to read or find a job.
Here at Foxfire Community Schools, we Pay it Forward by requiring 15 Pay it Forward volunteer hours weekly from our FHS students. Their volunteering in our community provides our students with their Work-Study Credit that is required for graduation. We have numerous Foxfire Community Partners in our community that directly benefit from our Pay it Forward Program. Last year our students volunteered a total of 30,575 hours serving our community.
No matter where we live, anywhere on the planet, we can show kindness to those in our community.