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!!

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Walker Projects in Regina Pays It Forward

Walker Projects Century West is a professional engineering company in Regina that was hired to draft the blueprints for the Chase Kraynick “Pay it Forward” Splash park.  They have been providing professional engineering services to the Town of Canora for years and when they heard about our project they decided that they wanted to make a difference by giving back to the communities that support them.

Staff member Jennifer Soos stated that when they heard of our project, they decided that it would be a great opportunity to help out not only a client, but a community where one of their own (Jasmine Dennis) has grown up.  They felt that it was their way to help keep one special boy’s dream alive.

They soon found themselves organizing a bottle drive with their social committee and decided that all the proceeds would be donated to the Town of Canora for the splash park.  Social committee members completed the bottle drive over the noon hour and other staff members wanted to make personal contributions.  Walker Civil was so proud of their staff that they found themselves matching dollar for dollar all the employees’ hard work.

In the end, a cheque in the amount of $1114.03 was sent to the Town of Canora for making this project a reality.

Way to kick off the season of giving! Thank you to all the staff at Walker Projects Century West for making a difference in our community and for giving your time and energy to make our dream a reality!

Walker projects would like to take this opportunity to challenge all other business to pay it forward for a charity of their choice and to make a difference in someone’s community today.  This is the true essence of the Pay It Forward spirit!!

To visit Walker Projects Century West website please go to: http://epec-consulting.com/home

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Pay It Forward Friday – All 1160 lbs. Of It

Last week the staff and students of McLurg School in Regina, Saskatchewan undertook a challenge that involved every single person in the building.  The schools Student Activity Council (SAC) headed by teacher supervisor Ms. Lisa Mann decided to participate in the collection of food for the annual Farm Credit Corporation (FCC) Drive Away Hunger Campaign in support of the Regina and District Food Bank.  This was a project that the students on the SAC chose to participate in because it would help to make a difference in their own community. Since all those who donated food were paying it forward for someone else in the city the SAC decided to attach Chase’s Pay It Forward cards to each of the donation bags in the hopes that the Pay It Forward philosophy would continue.

So on Friday morning . . . when members of FCC and the Regina and District Food Bank pulled up in front of the school with their tractor and trailer to collect all the donated food, there were many bags to weigh all with a special card attached for some unknowing recipient who would be given the food.  The final total weight of food collected by the staff and students at McLurg School was 1160 pounds.  WOW!!

Great Job McLurg School!  Thanks for sharing your story.  We are proud of your efforts.  We also look forward to the stories that may come from those who have received these Pay It Forward cards.

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You??

Pay It Forward Friday – Miles of Smiles

We know that you have all heard of and participated in Casual Friday’s . . . or for those of us in Saskatchewan many a Friday is considered to be a green and white Rider Pride day.  🙂

Well . . . for some people Friday has taken on a very different meaning.  We have begun hearing from different businesses regarding Good Deed or themed Friday’s that are utilizing the power of kindness and generosity of Chase’s Pay It Forward Card.  Because of this we would like to begin another weekly feature that we are going to call Pay It Forward Friday. This is a feature that will highlight some of the great, kind, and creative acts people have begun to do within their workplace or business – on a Friday – in order to Pay It Forward and make a difference in their communities.

Our first Pay It Forward Friday story brings with it “Miles of Smiles” not only from those of us reading but also from those who were the recipients of this generous Pay It Forward act of kindness.  For the past 4 years, Regina dentist Dr. Tony Romaniuk and  his associate for the past year, Dr. Srdjan Dautbegovic of Enhance Dental Center in Regina, SK, have been participating doctors in an organization called Dentistry Of The Heart.  Once a year, on one very special day, they offer FREE dental services for individuals and families who are unable to afford or do not have dental coverage through their work.

Dentistry from the Heart is a national non-profit organization that was founded in 2001 by a dentist in New Fort Richey, Florida. It was created to assist those in need, including the growing population of uninsured Canadians.  Dr. Romaniuk saw the initial advertisement for the organization in a magazine a few years back and decided that he and his team of dental hygenists, therapists, assistants and receptionist at Enhance Dental Center needed to become difference makers in their community.  After four years of offering this service, this dental center remains the only one to do so in Western Canada.

This years Dentistry Of The Heart took place on Friday October 5, 2012.  They had been gearing up by advertising with a portable sign outside of their dental clinic as well as through the local Regina radio station Z99.  The response this year was overwhelming as individuals began lining up outside of the good Doctors’ office at 4am early Friday morning.  Dentistry services were offered on a first-come-first-served basis as the Enhance Dental Center staff of 14 worked to accommodate as many patients as possible.  They opened their doors at 8am and by the time they closed up shop at 2:30pm, 60 patients had benefited from the FREE dental services.  As a bonus this year the staff also chose to send each of their patients off, not only with a beautiful smile but also with a Chase Kraynick “Pay It Forward” card  . . . with the hope that this generous act of kindness could continue to be felt by others in the community.  Earlier this week one of the patients from Friday decided to use his Pay It Forward card to surprise the staff with muffins as a thank-you for the great service he had received.  We hope to hear more stories of Pay It Forward goodness from those who received a card on Friday.  Big or small . . . giving or receiving . . . kindness always matters because it makes your heart feel good and certainly puts a smile on your face.

Dr. Romaniuk, Dr. Dautbegovic and their entire staff have found this Pay It Forward act of service to community as one they will continue to support in future years.  Their dedication to the community, generosity of heart and kindness of spirit, we are sure was felt by many last Friday!

It is very clear to us that if you are looking for a dental team with lots of “heart” please visit Enhance Dental Center at 1858 Victoria Avenue E. in Regina, SK or check out their website at: http://www.enhancedental.ca

Thank you to Heather Lefevre, a Registered Dental Therapist at Enhance Dental Center, for sharing this wonderful Pay It Forward story with us.

So . . . to all other businesses and workplaces . . . the challenge has been issued to Pay It Forward on Friday.  Let us know what you decided to do and we will post it in a future Pay It Forward Friday edition of the blog.

Chase Made A Difference . . . What will you do today?  It is after all a Pay It Forward Friday!  🙂