Tis’ The Season To Give

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The holiday season is truly upon us.  It’s the time of year to give — whether you’re giving gifts to friends and family, donating to complete strangers, or giving yourself a break – the nature of giving is somehow, somewhere within us all.  It doesn’t matter what type of celebration we may be observing this holiday season there is usually some type of gift giving involved. We give gifts to family; we give gifts to friends; we donate to charities; and many people also offer up time, items, and energy to serve those in need. Gifts of any kind to another individual is a social bonding ritual.  We know the warm, fuzzy feeling inside of us when someone does something nice unexpectedly or out-of-the-blue that instantly makes us connected and a part of one another lives.  This connection erases skin colour, puts differences aside, and allows us to see each other as living, breathing human beings upon the same earth.

People come up with many creative and interesting ways to give gifts as well.  Donating time at a soup kitchen, organizing a toy drive, saving an allowance for months to purchase the perfect gift, helping to prepare and serve a meal at a local shelter, donating spare change to the Salvation Army . . . the list could go on and on.

A few weeks ago we received an email which told us of yet another great way to give and receive during the holiday season.

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In past years we have always made a donation at Christmas time in lieu of gifts on behalf of some of our relatives that live in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.  This year we would like to make that donation to the Chase Kraynick spray park.  Would it be possible for us to get a few of Chase’s Pay It Forward Cards to put in the Christmas Card explaining the donation gift?  Thank-you!

Sincerely,

Kyla and Kelly Adams – Regina, SK

After wiping our eyes and once again realizing how wide-spread and powerful Chase’s story had become, we quickly sent a few Pay It Forward cards to Kyla and Kelly.  We LOVE the idea of giving on behalf of someone, especially when it provides an example to others of the true generosity behind gift giving.

Its about LoveTo Kyla and Kelly – thank you for allowing us to share your email and we are so very grateful for your kindness of thought and generosity of spirit in the creative way you wish to make a difference in the world.  We look forward to hearing about how your relatives have used their Pay It Forward cards.  🙂

To all of you reading this blog today.  If you are able … we challenge you to “give” this holiday season – in any way you see fit … to a cause that is near and dear to your heart.  And whatever the gift may be … time, money, items, etc … ensure it is given with lots of love.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?

Pay It Forward – Birthday Blessings

Today’s story brings to light another great way to teach children the importance of giving rather than receiving.  WE love the fact that this little girl and her family were creative with how one idea could be a blessing for so many different people.  Thank you for sharing your story and we wish you a happy belated birthday, Miss Bethany!! 🙂  This was a special idea from a special little girl.

IMG_6023Our daughter, Bethany, recently celebrated her 5th Birthday.  As a family, we decided to ask her friends who attended her birthday party not to bring a gift but instead bring a non-perishable food item for our local food bank.

Bethany was very excited to use her birthday as a way to do a good deed and help those less fortunate so close to Christmas.  My social butterfly of a daughter had 22 friends attend her birthday party and together we collectively were able to donate a whopping 116lbs of food to The Lethbridge Food Bank!!

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Each child received a Pay It Forward card in their treat bag and we hope that they too are able to find a way to Pay It Forward!  We are so proud of Bethany!!

Travis, Melanie & Bethany Evenson

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?

Pay It Forward – Can Goodness Come Back To You?

“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times.”

― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Many people believe that by doing good for others you should never expect anything in return.  This is certainly true when it comes to the philosophy of Pay It Forward.  Doing random acts of kindness for others with no expectation of anything, except maybe a good feeling in your heart is all that is necessary.  There is also the school of thought regarding positive karma, which believes by doing good for others . . . good will come back to you. Regardless of your belief system the golden rule regarding kindness and generosity that is engrained in our hearts and minds still rings true today, “Do unto others as you would have done to you”.

Today’s Pay It Forward story comes to us from the Southern Alberta city of Lethbridge.  Call it what you will . . . karma, good deeds, or golden rule, as Melanie Evanson shares with us, the power of kindness really can come back to you in ways you will forever be greatful for.

In May of 2011, just before Chase’s tragic accident, 40% of the Town of Slave Lake, Alberta was destroyed by a forest fire. After the fire, there was a great need for donations to help the residents of Slave Lake get back on their feet.

At that time, my husband had been of the mindset that we were going to only have our one child, Bethany. This was a difficult choice to agree to as I longed to have 2 children but there was no changing my husband’s mind about it. I had finally come to terms with having only one child and was prepared to cleanse our home of ALL of her baby items as we would no longer need them.

I scoured our home and packed my Hyundai Santa Fe full of 3 years worth of my daughters clothes, potty seats, a tricycle, countless toys, 2 garbage bags of my husband’s and my clothes and whatever else I could reasonably part with.

I drove down to the collection depot and had an emotional moment parting with so many memories from my daughters childhood but I felt at ease knowing that children in need would benefit from my donation. As it was, we were no longer going to have a use for it.

Fast forward six months… my husband had a change of heart and decided that Bethany should have a sibling. On September 6, 2012 we were blessed with a baby boy, Brody Ryan.

I believe that my “Pay it Forward”, of donating all of my daughter’s belongings, was returned by being given a son and I made the right choice with my donation to Slave Lake.

Sent from my iPhone with love!

XOXO

Mel Evanson

We know that kindness and generosity can certainly make us feel good about what we have done and it certainly is of benefit to those who we display this kindness toward. So what do you think??  Can goodness come back to you??  Should it??  Comment on this post and let us know your thoughts.

Chase Made a Difference . . . Will You?

Pay It Forward – It’s the Neighbourly Thing To Do

This Pay It Forward act of kindness comes to us from Medicine Hat, Alberta.  We are learning that the power of social media is truly astounding as Chase’s Pay It Forward cards are making their way across the country.  It makes us realize that the world is so much smaller than we think.  If nothing else this becomes just one more reason to Pay It Forward and treat everyone around us with respect and gratitude.  Nola Besplug and her son Madden did just that.  They came up with an idea that we are sure surprised their entire neighbourhood.  Thanks so much for sharing your story Nola!

Hi!

I just saw your blog post via my sister in laws Facebook regarding the Pumpkins for the Spray park.

First, I’d like to offer my condolences on the loss of your handsome little man. Your courage to carry on with Pay it Forward is inspiring!

I wanted to let you know that my son and I went to all the houses on our block in Medicine Hat and took everyone’s garbage bins to the street for them. We left Chase’s PIF cards with each neighbour.

Second, I’d like to make a 50$ donation to the spray park. What a great idea! This past summer my son stayed at my parents in Buchanan for a week and was upset that Baba wouldn’t take him to the spray park. He didn’t understand that Canora didn’t have one. So here’s hoping a spray park is there soon!

I’ll leave my donation with my mom, she’ll manage to get it to you I’m sure!

Take care & God Bless
Nola (Olynyk) Besplug