If you know us, you know that we are big fans of the “Pay It Forward” movement.
If you don’t know, the expression “pay it forward” is used to describe the concept of asking that a good turn be repaid by having a good turn done to others. In other words, you do a good deed for someone and in turn they do a good deed for someone and so on. Hence the term “pay it forward”. Can you even imagine our world if everyone, everyday subscribed to this concept?
Our customers try to give us tips all the time. We’re grateful, but reply, “We don’t accept tips unless it’s a life tip or a really good stock tip, but we will collect for a charity”. Over the course of the last two years, we’ve mostly concentrated on “Paying It Forward” by collecting food and money for the local churches who help feed the hungry, our efforts usually concentrated on collecting during the holiday season. We realize that the need in our community is an everyday need, not just seasonal so, we’re making some positive changes.
I have to add here that I am repeatedly amazed and humbled by the dedication and generosity of the people in our community who care for those in need. One church around the corner feeds more than 200 people every Wednesday. Another operates the Church Mouse Thrift Shop in town. Run solely by volunteers, the Church Mouse profits mainly fund community outreach programs and the list of these types of organizations could go on and on.
Without getting too sappy here, God has given Shelly and I so much that we are compelled to “Pay It Forward” and have decided to refocus our efforts on making sure that we do just that everyday, all year-long. So beginning in April, which also happens to be our second Anniversary in business, we will raise money and awareness for the programs in our community who “Pay It Forward” everyday and are in need of help.
For the month of April we will work to “Pay It Forward” to Diakonia in Ocean City. Diakonia has been helping individuals and families in Worcester County and on the Lower Shore for more than 30 years. They “Pay It Forward” by providing shelter, food, clothing and the resources to rebuild the lives of those in need. Diakonia is the only comprehensive provider of emergency and transitional housing for men, women and families on the Lower Shore. As you can imagine, the need here is great.