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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