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A group of Year 3 Mohawk-McMaster nursing students, Kelsey, Rachel, Aman, Nate, Natalia, Roxanne, Jordan & Sonia ‘Paid It Forward’ by handing out Tim Horton’s cards, puzzles, and other small items to patients and families waiting in the lobby at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.

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Thank you Massage Addict, Hamllton for sponsoring some seriously fan-smashing-tastic massage prizes for ‘Rock Wars’ Get HOOKED…Call 905 296 1013 first massage $39.

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This group of Level 3 BSc Nursing students (Owni, Krista, Alex, Candice, Robin) recognized the needs of the Ronald McDonald Room at McMaster Children’s Hospital and kicked into high gear to provide snacks, cups, dish soap and even a wagon all in the spirit of ‘Paying It Forward.’

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Kindness heals all wounds…click this link…Kindness Story

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My dryer died. Called Whirlpool for service and a very professional, clean-cut young man showed up at our door with a smile. In the face of despair over $$$ repairs, he was very positive in his approach and reassured us he would take care of us…Thank you Graeme.

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A lovely lady by the name, Val just offered me and my children a coupon to acquire free bowling. Guess what we’ll be doing this weekend?! Thanks Val.

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My dad lost $50 upon withdrawing from an ATM. A gentleman by the name of Dave saw him pacing back and forth…searching the ground. He approached my dad and asked him if he had lost some money…to my dad’s utter disbelief / relief…Dave handed over a crisp $50 bill…I hugged Dave and have renewed faith in humanity.  Thank you Dave for making my dad’s day a better day with your honesty.

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I just wanted to tell you your sidewalk message last Friday, “Smile Loudly” made me very happy … if I had had some chalk I would have drawn a BIG :   ) below it! …seeing your sidewalk message brightened my day and my spirits! …Please keep those wonderful chalk messages coming…Thanks Rachel,  I really appreciate your efforts …you’re awesome!… Smiles … anonymous :   )

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Nursing OSCE testing was this week…

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Met a lovely soul, Christina, who had an inspiring message…apparently Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids on the Block) created the word and touched this tattoo!

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Grandview Adventist Academy keeps a Pay It Forward bulletin board of Kindness art.

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This yum-E caramel Mocchiata was made so beautifully by Carley…even got an exclamation mark by my name…it’s the little things that bring so much Joy! Thank you Starbucks and your creative employee who went the extra mile.

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Year 2 Nursing students collected items to bring smiles to 2 little boys in the community. Paying it Forward…Sharmaine, Katrina, Tessa, Nicole, Emily, Loren, Katie, Kim & Tom.

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Walked into Marks Work Warehouse and asked for a few socks to be donated for the sock drive…the manager said ‘sure’ the lady working behind the desk bought a pair and so did I…six pairs of socks later…I left with a big smile on my face…thank you Marks Work Warehouse!

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Friday my colleagues surprised me with a party just because they wanted me to know how much they appreciated me.  Balloons, cake, messages and a card all telling me how much they appreciate me…made my year!

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I smiled at an elderly gentleman at the hospital, a HUGE smile and asked if he needed directions. He replied, “Do I know you?”  I promptly said, “No, just wanted to be friendly…”  He then took my hand moved in close and whispered, “You are beautiful” …kissed me on the cheek with his prickly days growth and walked away with a smile on his face and an even bigger smile on mine.  The power of a PIF kiss is so simple!

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Met another PIF warrior! Karen Cumming you PIFing ROCK! Performing the PIF birthday challenge…51 random acts of kindness, feel free to post some ideas!

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I was at Michael’s craft store thinking I was only going to grab some sidewalk chalk…well my hands got full of stuff and a girl that worked there said, “Let me get you a cart.”  I cried for Joy…shouted to my son, “See, that’s Paying It Forward!” Lessons learned at the craft store…PIFing is that simple…made my day a better day and taught my son how simple PIF really it!

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From: mary
Sent: December 21, 2012 11:01
To: Adema-Hannes, Rachel
Subject: PIF

Hi rachel just took part in a 76 person PIFF at starbucks!  Bought 3 drinks for the people behind me.   Here’s to PIF!
Sent from my BlackBerry® phone .

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A lovely lady by the name of Sue Donald, with Hamilton Health Sciences Regional Printing and Graphics, paid it forward to the PIF SOS Team by printing off our colour VIP invites and 350 colour tickets for our Play It! Say It! Pay It Forward Benefit.  Really loving Sue and her team for their generosity!  PIF your business their way…donalsue@hhsc.ca or call 905 527 4322 x46294. PIF really does make the world go round with Kindness.  Thank YOU Sue and team!

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Update on Liam…”Fight for Liam” …

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I saw the movie.  I thought, “What a powerful idea! What a courageous child!”  I talked about it with my daughter, encouraging her to try PIFfing like the kid in the movie. She got the same look she gets when I suggest equally crazy things, such as purchasing sensible shoes or doing her homework.  I became indignant that a child of mine should not be able to think how to help someone and then just do it. I, on the other hand… I did nothing.  Nothing.

I meant to, really I did.  Something spectacular.  Something meaningful.  Something extraordinarily and creatively giving, but not too costly. Trying to come up with that was stressful, and it made me tired.  I could say that I was busy – and I was – I always am – but really, that’s lame and I know it.

Then PIF came to Mohawk College.  It moved into my workplace with its associated effects of Overwhelm and Guilt. Much like Bike to Work Day, or Save the Planet Week, or Losing Weight and Getting Back into Shape month, PIF Day intimidated me. I didn’t have TIME to think of a stunning way to be awesome. I stood frozen before yet another demand on my Goodness.  Moreover, there was a deadline!  Omigod, the pressure!  By March 15, I was going to have to come up with something, execute it, not forget to leave a card, and document my altruism on a slice of hallway.

Something rankled about publicly posting a good deed.  I didn’t think we should be in it for the mutual back-patting (but perhaps I misunderstand the purpose of publishing our wonderfulness).  I sound jaded, but I don’t mean to.  In fact, most people would consider me a generally optimistic sort that likes trees, believes in the basic goodness of all living things, and tries, often against all good sense, to see the bright side (or to insist that the bright side just HAS to show up soon).  I like kindness.  I think it’s proper to rejoice in that part of our humanity.  Still, I felt a genuine internal tightening at the thought of a kindness movement that needed to celebrate itself.  Dang!  There I was, in the midst of an ethical crisis – how could I possibly PIF now?

March came and went.  I read some great stuff posted on that wall, some by my departmental colleagues, who, I decided, were much better people than I.  How can it be bad to be good?  I didn’t have to write anything on a wall; I just needed to do nice stuff.  I refocused my efforts and became better at looking for PIF opportunities.  I became particularly adept at seeing them after they had gone by.  Then I did nothing some more.

The other day, I saw Andrew C. sitting near the Starbucks discussing web stuff with a very pleasant-looking person.  He introduced her as Rachel, the PIF Person on Campus.  I was struck by the genuine and infectious joy she exuded.  (Plus, she likes music, so she’s automatically OK.)  “See?” I thought, “this is what you look like when you practice kindness and think the world can be nicer.”  With a PIF card in my hand, having made a promise to visit this site, I left.

Why had I made it so hard?  I guess that’s what I do – I think too much.  It prevents me from getting birthday presents to my Dad on time nearly every year.  Whatever I think of just doesn’t seem good enough.  I want to do something awesome.  But focusing on “something awesome” may be more selfish than giving – an attempt to be the perfect giver rather than to give the receiver pleasure.  Perhaps it was possible to PIF within more petite parameters.  When I thought about it, maybe I had already been doing that…

Here’s my secret:  I am a closet Mobile Receptionist.  I like helping people to find things when they’re in the College.  When I’m walking in the halls, I see people navigating the labyrinth that is the Fennell campus, looking lost and possibly clutching a map.  I seem to think its my job to say, “Can I help you find something?”  I walk with them to their destinations sometimes because it’s just too hard to explain multiple turns and levels, or maybe because English is their second language and showing is better.  Sometimes they’re panicked because they were supposed to be in a certain room at a certain time and they’re not.  Then I go into shortcut mode – sort of like a police escort, but less flashy.  When we walk and talk, I get the opportunity to meet interesting people, to say to a freshly enrolled student, “Oh, that’s a great program!” or to represent the kindness of my country and college to newcomers.  It’s not a big thing, but it helps people.  And that’s the thing:  Paying It Forward doesn’t have to be large and “perfect.”  Sometimes the small and assuredly flawed helping moments feel like the most important things we’ve done all day.  That’s how we know they’re right.  When I retire, I think I’ll just keep my name tag and wander the halls looking for lost souls.

So Rachel and Andrew, this one’s for you.  Thanks for helping me find my PIFfiness.

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We had our Pay It Forward Team meeting at McDonald’s today…as we were discussing items, a lady approached us and asked what Pay It Forward was…we had PIF keychains on the table that had tweaked her interest…after a short discussion, Rose deposited $5 on the table as a donation.  Then her husband Harv came over and shared with us how he felt about the 4 letter word Dignity.  His previous wife had passed away with Multiple Sclerosis.  He shared some nuggets of wisdom on Dignity that we will never forget.  A table full of PIFers, donating in total $25 towards the movement.  But more importantly these seasoned travellers had inspired us to keep on keeping on with our kindness revolution…caring about people especially at end of life…recognizing the dignity in everyone.  Thank you Rose, Harv and crew…we won’t forget your kindness…

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Summer Lemonade - first day of summer the Library decides to Pay It Forward!

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PIF SOS has mobilized…joining the fight for Liam…a little boy with a rare form of cancer…prizes donated…Laugh for Liam Logo created by our own PIF SOS member, Joanne…our own PIF SOS president Stephanie and VP Patryk will be attending to show our support to the family.  We feel blessed to help PIF.

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Powerful PIF story: Mohawk College Dale Cassavetes

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After sharing the PIF movement with a group of Social Work students I was approached by a student upon my exit…”Hey, Rachel…I knit…so I knit slippers and just randomly give them to people…today I want you to have a pair…” and that is the simple power of PIF…never have cold feet again…keep PIFing…

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I work in an office at a furniture store. The other day while we had some quiet time and their weren’t any customers, a salesperson sat in the office and told all of the ladies jokes. He had the girls laughing! He told joke after joke and he laughed along with us. When we asked what he was doing in the office and why he wasn’t out on the floor selling furniture, he didn’t respond with “There are no customers” or “I’m bored”. He responded with, “I’m just spreading a little joy.”

And that’s important. He made us all laugh. He made our day.

So spread a little joy! You never know who’s day you might just make better! PIF!

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I was sitting in a parking lot while waiting for my sister whom I drove to this appointment. I knew I would be sitting there for about an hour and wasn’t in a hurry that day. Suddenly this elderly lady pulled up two cars over and don’t we all have the habit these days with all the distrust in the world, what do you do? You lock your car door… well this little habit got her caught outside her car with purse, cane and phone inside the car…along with the keys. There was a man with her but he didn’t have his glasses so he couldn’t see his phone, once I realized what was going on, I got out of my car and the older man left me with her to call someone. I had to make a few calls, first to Honda then to their road service…but you know what? After about 40 minutes of back and forth because the dear lady didn’t have her hearing aid in, the tow truck was sent as a courtesy call for this sweet lady. I told her I would stay with her until they showed up and made sure she took a seat in my car so didn’t have to stand the whole time. It was great meeting this woman… Strangely I thought of her the very next day and it made me laugh… I have never done that, locking my keys in the car because they are on a long key chain….well there is always a first for everything! Thankfully my insurance company was just as helpful to me! Thanks State Farm :) Honestly I have known Pay It Forward all my life, it just felt right… I never had a name for the philosophy until I saw the movie about the young kid in Cali that started all this. I have had people Pay It Forward in times I really needed it and I have paid it back Forward too many times to count… I think this idea is what makes every day an adventure and keeps my faith in humankind.

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Hi, my name is Brian Asselin – I am a musician living in Ottawa, Ontario. I am a huge supporter of the Pay It Forward Movement that is taking the world by storm. So much in fact, I just released a song I wrote entitled Pay It Forward. I am donating all purchases from this song from my website on April 26th (Pay It Forward Day) to the Pay It Forward Foundation.
Thanks so much…

Brian Asselin
www.brianasselinmusic.com

Here is the link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8QfDaDvrag

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My mom sent me this card with a little note…
p.s. maybe you could use this for Pay It Forward…
I think she’s right.

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Any parent’s worst nightmare could be these words…’Your daughter has a brain tumor.’  Time would stand still.  When a nursing student of mine disclosed this horror…we got into action…our entire clinical group put together a care package to encourage and support the family.  Several thousand prayers later…2 brain surgeries and good news…’MRI clear.’

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Graphic Design students at Mohawk College created art post cards for Pay It Forward Day.  Exchange an act of kindness for a piece of art.  Students created a video…be inspired…

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“I  was inspired to tip the bus driver after a passenger became irate because the driver was 4 minutes behind schedule!  I told him not to take it to heart; deflated he said, “after hearing it day after day, it starts to wear on you.”  At my stop, I folded up a 20 dollar bill into a neat little square and put it in his hand.  At first he said he couldn’t accept it, then I said, “you deserve it” and stepped off the bus. ~ I think bus drivers should have tip cups :)”

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“A friend of mine was recently looking to purchase tires for a specialty vehicle and having a  hard time finding them. He had seen a simliar vehicle parked at a home he drove by frequently so decided to stop in to talk to the owner to  see if he had any idea where he could find tires. The gentleman called someone from his cell, then handed the phone to my friend saying “tell her what you need”. My friend explained what he was looking for and then hung up. A couple of weeks later the gentleman showed up at my friends house with the tires. He refused to accept any payment for them. What a great  pay if forward story.”

“I am a huge believer in the concept: ‘Pay It Forward’. I honestly feel a simple smile to a stranger in line with you at a busy checkout or complimenting a complete stranger on their outfit/hairdo can really make the difference in someones’ day. You not only take a moment to think about someone else, but you actually acknowledge their existence. Often that makes someone feel SO much better than you will ever know. Have you ever felt invisible? Well, imagine everyone around feeling that way at some point….

Here is my small, but satisfying story:

I just recently decided to join a local church and was there for service alone. I was sitting at the end of the pew, by the aisle, as that’s where most would take a seat. I was sitting waiting for the service to begin. It wasn’t a very busy time to attend and so there were many pews for people to take a seat. Nearing the start, an elderly gentleman ambled along and hesitated by my pew. Probably hesitated as he didn’t have the energy to climb over me to sit.

So I turned to him with a smile and said, “Would you like to sit here with me?” I moved down and he gladly took his seat. As the service began, I noticed he was struggling with the hymn book, so I handed him mine at the right page. He was quietly surprised and thankful. Again and again, this happened throughout the service. Each time it was time to find another hymn, I would switch books with him, open to the spot to sing. He didn’t sing the best, in fact, he actually spoke each word. His pants, I noticed, were dirty, but he was there to praise God with his community.

At the end of the service, he turned to me and said, “May God especially bless you and keep you safe! Thank you so much for your kindness. It was a pleasure to sit with you.” I know it was a small thing to anyone who might read this, but it was a special moment for me. Not only did I spend a nice hour in church with my community, but I spent that hour helping to make the service a nice one for that special man. Maybe for one hour he didn’t feel alone. I hope he thinks about me as I still think of him. I find myself looking for him each time I attend service.

I intend to make an effort to Pay it Forward again today….how about you?”

…Dodi Baruzza

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“A group of nursing students recognized a family in need and put together an ‘encouragement care package’ to Pay It Forward. Items were collected, angel of hope pin, a book to read to their sick child, and  cards with all their notes of faith and hope. The family and the students were moved to tears…a beautiful Pay It Forward moment.”

“A special man, Derk Jan Jansen, I did not know, yet wish I had…passed away peacefully February 16, 2012.  Remembered for having many, many, many friends and touching many lives with his kindnesses.  His obituary read, “If he made you feel good about yourself, made you smile or helped you out in any way, his day was complete. In lieu of flowers, in lieu of donations, please “Pay it Forward”, make someone smile, make someone feel good about themselves or help someone out in any way you can and do it as often as you can, then…. close your eyes, take a deep breath, smile and think of Johnny.     Be inspired by Johnny…rest in peace…”

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“Our PIF blog was ‘hacked’ by 1923Türk-Grup on March 3, 2012. Really? …Really.  I went through many emotions…but ended with this; be nice to people, not because they are nice but because you are…pay it forward…perhaps the Turk-Grup needs a group hug…”

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“It’s all about putting the kind back in human kind and it could never be simpler to do.

The movement that inspires people to do good deeds and asks for nothing in return except that the act of kindness be paid forward to another person is called “Pay it forward.”

Pay it forward day is an international movement that has already taken off in one hundred and thirteen countries. This year Mohawk College is joining the effort all thanks to Rachel Adema.

Adema is a full-time Nursing Professor at the college and created the newsletter Creative Juice which helped to promote kindness and creativity.

“I do want to get students on board to become part of a Pay it forward team so that when there is needs in a community we can take the S.O.S and go out and do things,” said Adema.

The movement is inspired by the film “Pay it Forward” which is a story about a young boy who did three 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.

When participating in the event a person will receive three cards that say Pay it forward on them. They then hand out these cards with the three acts of kindness they do.

Some examples are, give a homeless person some food vouchers along with the Pay it forward card, donate some money to your favourite charity or be a mentor for someone who needs support.

The International Pay it forward day is on April 26th however Mohawk will be celebrating earlier on March 15th.

The event on Thursday will feature bracelets, fun activities, Pay it forward cards and art work by the graphic design students.

The cycle of generosity and kindness can spark us to become better people, so get involved and make a difference in the community.”

…Erin Moss

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