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    Each month, KTBS 3 will bring to life a random act of kindness. Nominate an individual known for their generosity, KTBS 3 News will take $500, surprise a nominee with the money, then follow them as they "Pay It Forward" to a worthy cause or individual.

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The expression “pay it forward” is used to describe the concept of asking the beneficiary of a good deed to “repay” it to others instead of to the original benefactor. It is an act of kindness with the only request being that the person receiving the kind act, do the same for another.

“It starts with you”

Each month, KTBS and Goodwill Industries will air a 30 second commercial illustrating what Pay it Forward means. We will bring to life what a random act of kindness is and how each and every individual can participate.


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Fifty Ways to Pay it Forward

Selflessness is the sincere concern for the well being of others. It’s about compassion. It’s about kindness. It’s about making a difference in the world. You are only one, but you are one. You cannot do everything, but you can do something. Smile and enjoy the fact that you have the ability to make a difference – one you’ll likely remember forever. So go ahead and make the words, “How can I help?” be part of your everyday vocabulary. Start today; choose one of these 50 selfless ways to pay it forward.

1. Put a quarter in a meter, any meter, that’s about to expire
2. Pay for the person in line behind you.
3. Leave a copy of a really great book you’ve read in a cafe for someone else to enjoy.
4. Be nice to the telemarketer who’s just trying to earn a living.
5. Be a courteous driver. Let people merge in front of you.
6. Donate blood. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
7. Tip your restaurant server generously.
8. Hold the door open for the person behind you.
9. Introduce yourself. Make new colleagues, classmates, etc. feel welcome.
10. Clean up litter in a park or open space nearby.
11. Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to someone in need.
12. Volunteer at a hospital, homeless shelter, nursing home, etc.
13. Buy house warming gifts for new neighbors.
14. Share your umbrella with a stranger on a rainy day.
15. Check up on someone who looks lonely.
16. Let someone with only a few items cut you in line at the grocery store.
17. Replace what you’ve used. For example, fill up the copier or printer with paper after you’re done using it or start a fresh batch of coffee.
18. Give words of encouragement to someone about their dreams, no matter how big or small they are.
19. Stop and buy a drink from a kid’s lemonade stand.
20. Help someone get your parking space in a crowded parking lot when you’re leaving.
21. Babysit for couples or single parents who don’t get out much so they can have some alone time.
22. Help someone get active. There’s a coworker or acquaintance in your life who wants to get healthy, but needs a helping hand. Offer to go walking or running together or join a gym together.
23. If someone you love really likes something (a meal, a favor, etc.) give it to them when they least expect it.
24. Make a difference in the life of a child. Give them your time and undivided attention.
25. Drop off your old eye glasses at your local LensCrafters as a donation to the OneSight program.
26. Create a care package and send it to an active duty military unit.
27. Redirect gifts. Instead of having people give you birthday and holiday gifts, ask them to donate gifts or money to a good cause.
28. The next time you see someone pulled over with a flat tire or in need of assistance, stop and ask how you can help.
29. Become a mentor or tutor to someone in need.
30. Help the weary shopper in front of you who needs that extra two or three cents to avoid breaking a 20-dollar bill.
31. Come to the rescue. If you realize someone is sick, bring them some hot tea, soup, etc.
32. Offer your seat to someone when there aren’t any left.
33. Hug a friend.
34. Think twice before you throw something away. As Jack Johnson once said, “Reduce, reuse, and recycle.”
35. If you have a good book you’ve read that’s just sitting around on a book shelf, give it away to a friend.
36. Pick up trash you see on the road or in your neighborhood.
37. Send a nice email or handwritten card to someone you know, unexpectedly.
38. If you see a couple taking a self-pic, offer to take the picture for them.
39. Setup a donation box at your school, work or place of worship and ask others to make canned/dried food contributions. Then deliver the donations accordingly.
40. Donate cat and dog food to an animal shelter. Call and ask what is needed.
41. When you’re getting fast food, buy an extra meal for a homeless person.
42. Stand up for someone. Lend your voice. Often the powerless, the homeless, the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them.
43. Offer the FedEx, UPS or DHL delivery person something to drink especially on a warm day.
44. Give a lottery ticket to a stranger.
45. Walk someone's dog.
46. Rake someone’s leaves.
47. Cut someone’s grass.
48. Show support to an artist or writer or musician.
49. Clean someone's house.
  • Pay It Forward Story

    Tell us your "Pay it Forward Story"

    Tell us how you have either been the recipient or the benefactor of a kind deed that was passed on. KTBS News will select from these stories and profile it on our news program. We may also choose your story to be featured in a commercial.

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