Welcome to our Pay it Forward Summer! We at Kids in Service are so ready for the slower pace of summer. We are looking forward to warm weather, spending more time outside and going on adventures with family and friends. Summer is also the perfect time to reflect upon our blessings and Pay it Forward, so that we can bless others.
Have you ever gone to pay for your coffee at the drive through window and someone has already paid for it? Have you ever gotten a big smile or compliment from a stranger, just when you needed it most? Have you ever been given flowers or a plate of cookies from a neighbor or friend for no reason at all? That is what it looks like to Pay it Forward. Kids in Service is going to encourage you and your family to Pay it Forward all summer long.
Acts of Kindness often have a ripple effect, that we never see. One kind deed has the power to inspire a chain of kindness where hundreds or thousands of people may be blessed as a result. This is the MAGIC of Paying it Forward.
The book Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson is the perfect way to explain the concept of paying it forward to young kids. Young Mary secretly leaves a basket of fresh picked blueberries on her neighbor’s porch and this kind gesture sets off an infinite chain of kindness. All ages will love this tale of how one kind deed changed the world. Click HERE to check out our Pay it Forward booklist!
For the next 3 months, Kids in Service will have service project ideas, book recommendations and inspiration to help you and your family Pay it Forward this summer.