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?

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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?