Pay it Forward with Random Acts of Kindness


February 9 - 15 we celebrate a truly great tradition: Random Acts of Kindness week. A random act of kindness is a selfless act one person does to assist, cheer or surprise another person. These acts can be large or small, expensive or cost-free.

Over the past few years, I have heard Surrey staff and members talk about some of their random acts of kindess. One staff member checks parking meters when walking through town and puts quarters in the meters about to expire. Another dropped a “why we love you” basket at a friend’s house who was feeling down. Surrey members in Media chose to make cupcakes for the police as a surprise. The commonality in every Random Act of Kindness is that one small, thoughtful gesture can make someone’s day.

“Paying it forward” is a term often used in this situation. This concept began in 2000 in the movie Pay It Forward. “Paying it forward” is a third-party beneficiary concept that involves doing something good for someone in response to a good deed done on your behalf or a gift you received. One of the most important things that people should remember about this concept is that it should be done with a selfless spirit. This means that one person helps another without hoping for repayment or good deeds in return.”


Each of us has different gifts we can use to pay it forward. Maybe someone picks up your paper from your drive and brings it to your door each day so you don’t have to walk. To pay it forward you could call someone who is home bound or in a nursing home. It does not matter how well you know them, just let them know you are thinking about them.
Each week I see the Surrey crochet group here in Devon and know that the knitting group in Havertown is also working away. Often they are making articles to give away to needy groups in the five county area. Do you have a hobby that could benefit someone else?

During the month of February, every Surrey location will have a bulletin board set up for people to post ideas of Random Acts of Kindness, or to share an Act someone did for them. I encourage you to visit, or call a center, to add your suggestions.


                                                                                                                  Barbara Fentress
                                                                                                                  President & CEO