Pay It Forward – An Anniversary Date To Remember

These are the kinds of emails we love to find in our INBOX, coming back to reality, after a winter holiday break.  Today’s Pay It Forward story comes to us from Yorkton, SK and is one that not only caught our attention but gives us all a wonderful anniversary “date” idea.  In fact it is an idea so great … that we challenge you all to try it out on your very own special “Anniversary Date Night” this year.  Be sure to let us know how it turned out.  It may take a bit of pre-planning but really shows the kindness of heart and generosity of spirit that the Pay it Forward philosophy is truly all about. 

Happy Monday everyone and enjoy the read!

Hello there!

My name is Krista and I grew up in Canora and now live in Yorkton with my husband and 3 children. We heard of Chase’s death and were overcome with grief for your family. Having children ages 5, 3 and we cannot imagine what you all have had to walk through.HarvestAnniversary

I am writing because we found your pay it forward cards and decided that today, on our 10th wedding anniversary, that we would use your concept and think of 10 random acts of kindness we could do on our date tonight. So here’s what we did!

1. I made homemade popcorn cake and gave it to my husbands’ coworker as a special treat this holiday season.

2. Gave homemade bread and goodies to a young family that the mom just had surgery on Christmas day.

3. Gave chocolates to our UPS delivery guy with a thank you card for his work.

4. Gave a Tim’s gift card to our awesome Sunday School teachers at our church along with a thank you card.

5. Gave chocolates and Tim gift card to a friend whom had a rough Christmas and needed some cheering up.

6. Left a random thank you card in a mailbox of a house that had spectacular Christmas lights.

7. Left our waitress a thank you card for her great work along with an awesome tip.

8. Gave goodies to a friend that just blesses us a lot!.

9. Gave a  police officer couple some goodies and Tim’s gift card, along with a thank you card for protecting us and to let them know they are appreciated.

10. Paid for the car behind us in the drive through at Tim Horton’s. 

In some of these, we left Chase’s Pay It Forward card in the cards we gave in hope the trend will continue. Thanks for the great idea and seriously the best anniversary we’ve ever had!

Krista

Chase Made a Difference . . . Will You?

 

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Happy New Year 2013!

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New Year’s Resolutions – we all make them, however do we keep them?  I believe that everyday should be a day to do something outstanding … something you have never done before. We should always try our best to be nice to others.  We should treat ourselves with the same kindness and respect that we treat others with.  However sometimes this is harder said than done.  Making a change is a chain reaction that requires focus, practice and commitment and it, of course, takes time and much reflection.   One of my favourite quotes that I have often used with my students to help demonstrate this is:

“Your thoughts lead to words,
Your words lead to actions,
Your actions lead to habits,
Your habits become your character, and
Your character changes your destiny.”

Stop for a moment and really think about the process we must go though to make and create our destiny.  Re-read the quote and reflect upon where you might place yourself in this process.

This year I have decided that I will put a daily intention or list of items out there for me to follow.  I would like to think that I could one-by-one check them off, and bring about 2013 in a way that is rewarding, and fulfilling for myself as well as those I come in contact with.  I am also realistic in the sense that finding something new to do every day may not be doable for me … so … I may need to practice some of these for a few days or weeks to ensure that they are more than just thoughts, words, and actions.  I truly want them to become habit.  After all, we do live by example … and the example I wish to set for my children is one of a strong character truly making a positive change regarding my destiny … and inadvertently theirs.   The best compliments I ever receive are when others take my advice, use me as a role model, or even borrow my ideas and call or use them as their own.

Since beginning this writing journey in August, I have come across many different blogs and websites that have highlighted a daily commitment made by the author to do an act of kindness or a Pay It Forward deed every day, all year long.  It is interesting to read some of these wonderful stories and learn more about the decisions made by those who have chosen to make their world a bit brighter for those around them.  I would like to share one such journey with you today.

One year ago today Ryan Garcia from Chicago, Illinois began a blog he called 366 Random Acts Of Kindness.   His very first blog posting began with the following words

Committ RAK “So tomorrow the journey begins. My daughter is 3 months old. She is starting to become more and more aware of her surroundings every single day. As of now, she doesn’t have a worry in the world and I intend to keep it that way. I also want her to appreciate what she has and strive to give back to those around her. There are a ton of people out there who have worries both big and small. I know I can’t solve every problem for every person, but I am going to try to do my part. Starting tomorrow, I am embarking on a journey to make people’s lives better. 2012 consists of 366 days (unless the Mayans are right, then this is all for naught). Each one of those 366 days, I will do a random act of kindness for a stranger, friend or family member. I will document each act on here at http://www.366randomacts.org

Thank you Ryan and the many others out there who have chosen to take on this daily challenge in making your destiny one that made a difference for others to remember.

If you are in need of a Pay It Forward idea or two, check out what Ryan has been up to this past year.  And should you decide to begin a daily challenge of your own we would love to hear all about it.

Happy New Year everyone and please think about how you can Pay It Forward for someone in need today.

Chase Made A Difference . . . We Know That You Can Too!

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 – YRHS Students Setting The Example

Our last and final story from the staff and students of Yorkton Regional High school takes into account the importance of putting students in leadership roles and setting the example for a younger generation.  The YRHS school motto includes the phrase “A Family of Raiders”.  That is what families are all about . . . helping one another out to provide support, kindness of spirit, and a sense of responsibility to and for each other.  We are so very proud of all your efforts YRHS!!  As Math and Band teacher, Mark Zawerucha shares with us it is all about students helping students.

Our RCR (Raiders Connecting Raiders) Advisory group decided that we would like to help other students. I gave Mr. Teneyke from Columbia School a call and told him that we would be at his school on Friday morning for half an hour. I asked him if there was anything he needed help with in and around the school. He mentioned that there was some garbage that needed to be picked on the school grounds. On Friday at 8:30, we met at Columbia and picked garbage until about 9:05AM. We were met with a lot of smiles and thank you’s for our kind gesture. We even had some Elementary students start to help us clean up as well.  In closing, I would have to say our enthusiasm to help clean up Columbia School was contagious and we hope we have set a good example for future Raiders coming to us from Columbia School.

To all the students and staff of YRHS . . . we thank you so much for sharing with us all of your Pay It Forward stories.  We truly do hope that the Pay It Forward challenge your students decided to take on will continue for years to come!
Chase Made A Difference . . . and so did the staff and students of Yorkton Regional High School . . . Will You?

Pay It Forward – YRHS Sundae Sweets for the Children

For the last two weeks the Yorkton Regional High School staff and students have been teaching us all the importance of kindness and generosity toward others within our community.  Today’s story #7 is no different.  As English teacher, Lynn Brand, explains to us, generosity and giving is a sweet thing to do.

Our RCR (Raiders Connecting Raiders) Advisory group made posters to place throughout the school to remind students that there was going to be an ice-cream sale on Friday with all proceeds going to the Yorkton Hospital Children’s Ward.  Our sale was very successful, as we made approximately $80.00 on our ice cream sundaes and we would like to thank all the people who supported us, and also those who simply gave us a donation! Thanks.

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?

Pay It Forward – YRHS Music Fills My Soul

One of the most common leadership styles in recent literature is “to live and lead by example”.  As adults in our communities, children and students of all ages and grades look for positive models and examples of how to live their own lives and deal with specific situations.  As Johnna McBride – Vice-Principal of YRHS shares with us, the adults in a building set an example for all others to follow.  Story #6 from Yorkton Regional High School illustrates just that . . . as YHRS staff members give of their time and talents.

Last week, a group of six YRHS staff members went out to the Bentley Senior Housing Unit to spend a little over an hour of their time in sharing songs.  With three guitar players, one double bass player and 4 – 5 vocalists, we set out to entertain 44 residents with our “Oldies, but Goldies” theme sing along! 

Starting with “You Are My Sunshine”, and continuing with songs such as “Danny Boy”, “The Tennessee Waltz”, “The John B. Sails”, “King of the Road”, “Side by Side”, “Amazing Grace”, “The Little Brown Church in the Vale”, “The Old Rugged Cross”, and “In the Garden”.  The residents were singing along, tapping their toes and clapping to the rhythm of the songs.  At the end of the evening, many were asking if we could come back again another night.  We have talked about perhaps returning at Christmas Time.

We are sure that a return visit is in your future as the company and entertainment provided that evening would have filled the hearts and souls of many a Bently resident.  Thank you YRHS staff members for setting a positive example of how to make a difference in your own community.

Chase Made A Difference . . . What Will You Do Today?

“Donut” Forget to Pay It Forward . . . Reminds YRHS

Story # 5 from Yorkton Regional High School comes to us from Math Teacher and Student Services Counsellor, Jen Ingham.  She explains to us how students can show their appreciation for others in their own community in a way that says, “donut” forget about kindness and generosity.  

Our RCR (Raiders Connecting Raiders)  Advisory group decided to deliver donuts on a Friday afternoon to a business in Yorkton for our Pay it Forward Campaign. We wanted to treat a business who helps the community, but doesn’t always get recognized for the work they do. We chose the City of Yorkton because of their recent efforts with the skate park and the bike lanes – two initiatives that were designed to help the youth of Yorkton. We delivered the donuts for them to enjoy during their afternoon coffee break and left a YRHS thank you card that asked them to pay it forward with “Chase’s Pay it Forward” card.

This is one sweet reminder of a Pay It Forward challenge that we hope Yorkton City Hall employees will take to heart.  We look forward to hearing about how they chose to use their cards to Pay It Forward!  Great way to connect with the community Raiders!

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?