What is Pay it Forward?
"Pay if Forward" is an act of kindness towards others without getting anything in return. Paying it forward is do an act of kindness to other and instead of getting something in return, it is repaid by that person doing an act of kindness to other person. Paying it forward is a movement where is starts with doing an a good deed or an act of kindness to 3 people then the 3 people do the same thing to another 3 people and so on. It starts off with 3 people then it turns to 9 people then it turns to 27 and so on.
What was your Pay it Forward act of kindness?
My Pay if Forward act of kindness was giving goodie bags to the sick children in the Children's Hospital. We bought toys and and cool items and we put them in bags and we gave them to the sick children in the hospital.
Why did you choose this activity?
I chose this activity because I wanted to make the children in the Children's Hospital more happy. Children get cancer treatments everyday. Going for cancer treatment is not fun, so I thought it would be nice to cheer them up with toys and other cool items.
Who did you help?
I helped 50 children in the Children's Hospital, 25 boys and 25 girls. We cheered them up with goodie bags filled with toys and other items.
What did you do?
I made goodie bags to give to sick children in the Children's Hospital. We cheered up 50 children by giving them goodie bags. We first went shopping for the toys and stuff we need. We bought stickers, puzzles, bouncy balls, rulers, pencils, notebooks, pencil cases, we bought origami papers to make origami. Then we put the supplies into the bags. Then we made paper cranes and we made paper elephants, paper giraffes, and paper lions. After we printed out inspirational quotes and tied them with ribbons on to the bags. After many days of emailing the hospital and couple of phone calls, we arranged the time and the date to go to the hospital to give in the goodie bags. On November 14, 2011 at 8:00am, we went to the Children's Hospital and gave a lady named Tania the goodie bags where she will then give the children it later.
When did you do the act of kindness?
I did the act of kindness on November 14, 2011 at 8:00am. My friends and I went to the Children's Hospital right before school to give the goodie bags to the hospital.
How did your act of kindness go?
I think my act of kindness went pretty well because we were prepared and had everything planed out. The hardest part about this project was arranging with the hospital what time and day we could come in. But in the end, everything worked out and everything went really well.
My friends and I sorted the items that we bought and made into the bags and we gave the bags to the Children's Hospital. On our way to the hospital, I was nervous. I have never done anything like this before so I didn't know what to expect. When we went inside, we went to the front desk and told the lady about our project. She gave us a puzzled look and it was clear that she didn't know what we were talking about. Luckily, the day before, we emailed them again and we talked to a lady named Tania who said she would meet us there. We mentioned Tania's name and the lady in the front desk called her down. Everything was fine. Tania asked us more information about our Pay if Forward project. We told her about it then we took pictures and she gave us a certificate. She told us many children are going to be very happy because of us and she thanked us. I felted very happy because we did a good thing. Even though we know we didn't do anything big, we still made 50 children happy.
How did you feel?
I felt happy knowing that we had cheered up 50 kids by simply giving them little treat bags. The feelings I was feeling when we gave the bags, was happiness because we are going to make 50 kids happy, a little bit of excitement because I couldn't wait for the children to get the bags, and a bit of relief because everything went very well.
How did the person or people react?
The reaction we got from Tania when we gave her the bags was surprise. She was surprise of the amount of bags we had. She told us a lot of children are going to be happy because of you guys.
Did you ask the person of people to "Pay if Forward"?
We did ask Tania to "Pay if Forward". We couldn't tell the children to "Pay if Forward" because they needed their privacy so we couldn't see them.
How did they react to your request?
When we told her about "Pay it Forward" and to "Pay it Forward", she seemed surprise and interested. She told us that would "Pay it Forward."
Why was the idea "Pay it Forward" important?
The idea "Pay if Forward" is important because it gets people to think about someone else other than themselves. It's important because it's about doing an act of kindness without getting anything in return. Paying it forward is making a difference, it may not be a big difference, but if everybody participates, all of the act of kindness they are doing, it all adds up to be a big difference.
Has you act of kindness made a difference?
I think my act of kindness had made a difference. It made a difference in 50 kids that got the bags. We have made 50 kids happy.
The next day, Tania from the Children's Hospital sent us a message saying:
"Thank you again for the fantastic gift bags, your group really put a lot of work into it and they were beautiful. The kids loved them! There was one girl who’s mom was there and commented that they should do something nice like that too"
Here's a link to the Children's Hospital for more information on what we did.