Start the 'Pay-it-Forward' season with Cradles to Crayons, Children's Hospital Miles for Miracles and Waypoint!!
The concept behind Pay-it-forward and how it works?
Many of you may have seen the movie ‘Pay It Forward’ with Kevin Spacey or read the novel of the same name, a story about a young boy who did 3 good deeds for others in need. In return, all that the child wanted was that they pass on the good deed to three other people and keep the cycle going.
One good deed might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness can spark us to become better people.
So how does it work?
Do three good deeds for others without asking for anything in return. Instead the recipient should be instructed to 'pay it forward' ... three good deeds for others without asking for anything in return but to 'pay it forward'! That's it! As parents we have a great opportunity to plant the seeds of"Pay-it-forward" in our children. The possibilities from there are endless!
Here are some great examples of "Pay-it-Forward" that you can support and be a part of:
A Wayland Mom & Dad Raising Money for a great cause - help support them!!!
March Fund Drive
Many of you know Jason Taunton-Rigby and his wife Kate (proud parents of a week old new daughter, Emalie). With his wife having just given birth and not running this year’s Marathon, JT is stepping up and running in her place. With that effort in mind, the Wayland Dads are proud to help support JT’s fund raising efforts. Please read his note below and help Pay-it-Forward!!!
"If you live in Boston long enough chances are you will either know someone directly or indirectly, a family member or a friend, that will spend time at Children’s Hospital. As some of you already know, my wife Kate is a runner and a proud member of the Boston Children's Hospital Miles for Miracles Team. Each year she crushes mileage and raises funds for the hospital and I could not be more proud of her dedication and commitment to this worthy cause. This year however, she is pregnant with our second child so I am stepping up to the plate and again accepting the challenge of completing the course and raising funds on her behalf.
Our patient partner’s name is Tyler who was born with tetralogy of fallot, which is a rare condition involving the absence of a pulmonary value. When we first met Tyler he was a very sick five year old who had just undergone one of the numerous open heart surgeries he required as a young boy. Eight years later, and thanks to the incredible staff at Children's, Tyler is now an extremely bright, considerate, teenager who is very proudly taller than his mother.
Kate and I are proud members of the Miles for Miracles team because we believe so strongly in all the amazing things Boston Children's Hospital does for kids like Tyler:
• The hospital's patient care programs are unusually sensitive to what sick and injured children and their families really need.
• Researchers regularly make amazing discoveries that change children's lives.
• Boston Children's welcomes kids whose families can't afford health care--more than any other hospital in Massachusetts.
• Community programs makes a point of reaching out to help low-income and at-risk kids.
And the hospital doesn't just stop there. Boston Children's really understands the importance of training the next generation of top pediatricians and nurses, so they can continue to provide the best, most innovative care possible to kids.
Please support my run and help support the amazing Tyler. Please consider a gift today."
Thank you for your time,
Last fall the Wayland Dads coordinated a Pay-it-Forward effort across Wayland to support Cradles to Crayons and Neighbor Brigade across multiple events!!
We will be collecting gently used children’s clothing, footwear & books at several scheduled events taking place around town (see drop off locations/times below). At those events, you will see the Wayland Dads table filled with kids volunteering for this worthy cause.
• Sat, Sept 19 – Wayland Community Arts Fair (11:00 am – 5pm)
In November, a team of Wayland Dads and our kids (5 yrs and older) will go visit the very special Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory in Brighton to volunteer in their warehouse. During our volunteer field trip we will learn the importance of giving back by helping in this very worth cause.
The Giving Factory visit along with the donation drive effort are opportunities for families stress the importance of giving back to those less fortunate. Take the time to collect items with your kids and then be sure to have your kids with you to drop them off at our donation tent.
If you would like help volunteer, please complete form below. If you have questions or need some persuasion and or motivation .... email firstname.lastname@example.org!
The difference we can make is phenomenal!!!!
Here’s some examples that might help give you some ideas
Visit an elderly neighbors house and ask them if they need to have anything they need repaired.
Donate some money or time to your favorite charity – perhaps collect some donation money from people at work.
Tell the manager of a restaurant how great your waiter/waitress was. This can happen in any store / business you visit. Aim at brightening someones day.
Talk to parking attendants – try and get them to hand out Pay it Forward cards instead of Parking fines – wouldn’t that be nice? Alternatively you could top up other people’s parking meters to stop them getting a fine.
Cook a casserole for a new mother. Caring for newborns is tiring and draining. Mothers will appreciate the ability to eat something home-cooked without having to cook it herself.
Buy Lottery Scratch-Off tickets and put one in an envelope with a “Pay It Forward Card” inserted. Hand it to a receptionist on the way out of a business appointment. You just might change that person’s whole life.
Give a homeless person some food vouchers.
If you are washing your own car or mowing your own lawn, do the same for your next door neighbor.
At your office, thank the “little people”. Everyone’s part is essential and no one’s job is purposeless. Thank the mail guy, the girl who orders supplies, or the door person.
Drive an older person in the neighborhood to the grocery store (they will love the opportunity to get out of the house, as well) or if they aren’t able to go themselves, take their list and go to the store for them. If at all possible, pay for their things.
Be a mentor for someone who needs some support.
Do some work for a client or one that can’t afford your services free of charge – just ask that they Pay it Forward.
At a drive through, pay for the car behind’s meal and give the cashier a Pay it Forward card to pass on…You could do this at the train station, at a coffee shop – anywhere you like.