Pass It Forward

by:  Doug Brown


I recently covered a story at Educational Credit Union.  They were offering $20 if you'd tell them how you would use the money to help others.  They videotaped these Pay It Forward responses and were putting them on You Tube for others to see. 

While I was there, a person came in and took them up on their offer.  She said the Topeka Rescue Mission is in dire need of food, so her use of the $20 was obvious.  She was planning on asking all of her friends to match the money and help the Rescue Mission out.

Then, she ask me if I would match her $20.  I couldn't see how I could say no.  I have done many stories with the organization, and have seen the good that they do.

I don't know if it was karma, or what, but by helping the Pay It Forward effort, I believe I benefited.

WIBW had a paper airplane toss to benefit the United Way.  The closest to the target won a $50 gift certificate to HyVee.  Not 30 minutes after I gave that lady $20, I walked off with the $50 certificate.

Now, I'm trying to figure what to do with the $50. What should I do with it?  Some people around here have suggested that I buy treats for the station.  I think I can do better than that.  What do you think?  Should I donate it  to a food bank, give it to a family where the bread-winner has been laid-off, or let a senior center put it to use?

I'm anxious to see what this $50 could become.


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