Join in: Pay It Forward Friday

Help spread random acts of kindness across Doylestown on Pay It Forward Friday.

On Friday, someone, somewhere, in Doylestown will walk to his or her car and find an envelope tucked under the windshield wiper.

Inside will be a cheerful note and a $5 bill.


It's Pay it Forward Friday, the first one of 2013.

It's part of one Doylestown resident's mini revolution to make the town a nicer place to live, work and play.

The idea is based on an old saying: When someone does you a favor, don't pay it back. Pay it forward.

The kindness spreads exponentially when each person chooses three people to "repay" with kindness.

In this particular case, it was Heather Walton, Doylestown resident and Realtor with Class-Harlan Real Estate, who planned to leave the $5 bill and a cheery note on a stranger's car.

Now, Heather would probably be kind of embarrassed to be singled out like this, so let's make sure she's not alone. Chime in and tell us how you can practice random acts of kindess every day.

Don't be shy. The idea isn't to glorify yourself. It's to talk about the nice things, the good stuff, that happens every day but doesn't always get the attention it deserves.

One of my friends, Andrea, wrote recently on her Facebook page about how she spontaneously decided to pay for the order of the person behind her in line at a restaurant.

Because she took the time to mention it, it spurred her friends to think about what they could do to make someone's day.

They weren't the only ones.

Andrea practiced kindness in front of her two young girls.

The girls spent the rest of the afternoon and the days that followed thinking of ways they could perpetrate their own random acts of kindess.

Kindness is contagious.

Pass it on.

Or, better yet, pay it forward.

Laura Freed January 05, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Being kind to other people shouldn't be a revolution, it should be a habit. I believe Doylestown IS already a nice place to live - Five Dollar Fridays isn't going to make people say, "WHAT A GREAT TOWN, I MUST MOVE THERE!" Keeping Doylestown, creative, respectful, & friendly will continue to make it a nice place to live. I believe "paying it forward" is something to practice often (quietly & creatively.) Put coins in parking meters, leave unsigned thank you notes in the mailbox of someone who has a fabulous flower garden, leave flowers on the doorstep of the old widow who lives on your block. This idea of "Pay It Forward Friday" is funny; someone receives 5 bucks and then they have to shell out 15? LOL. So the 5 bucks they received in reality cost them 10.00 - it's a bill!!! I often do nice things for people and the people who know are only my immediate family. I don't EXPECT the people I do nice things for to "pay it forward." If they do something nice for someone else, great, but if not - the whole reason (for me) being surprisingly kind (anonymously), is simply to brighten a day. Nothing expected in return; that is an authentic act of random kindness. I think calling out people (so and so would be so embarrassed but he/she did this) is, indeed embarrassing. Why mention Heather works at a real estate office? Frankly, this seems to me nothing more than an advertisement for a business spun into a "warm fuzzy" story. Save your fuzzies; spend your 5 dollars on a local biz.
Sarah Larson (Editor) January 05, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I'm sorry you took it that way, Laura. I mentioned Heather and where she works because she's well known in town - the biz had nothing to do with it. It's awesome that you do nice things for people all the time. But I disagree that doing it quietly is better. If we all talked about the nice things that happen to us a little more, and complained a little less, every town would be a nicer place to be. Everyone complains that the news focuses on the negative. I tried to do something positive here.
Jane January 05, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Talk about embarassing - you just spent time crafting a 300 word rant criticizing people for practicing kindness in a way that deviates from your own preferences. Well bless my heart that's something you don't see every day. Cheer up, no one seems poised to coerce you into participating.
Andrea January 05, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Quick, someone give Laura a cookie for being the Patch Grinch. Or better yet, pat Laura on the back for being the perfect specimen for which we should all model our lives after from this day forward. Get over yourself.
dtownmomof3 January 06, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Sarah, I i thinks its a nice gesture, but you dont need to name names esp of" well known people on the community" WHO cares but maybe you abt names and sucking up to the ppl in town. I know another incident where u name dropped an incredible person of town who had no clue she'd be the centet of the article n was a bit embarrassed. People do kind things all day. ITS THE BEAUTY OF THE ACT N THE FACT THAT THAT PERSON WANTSNO PERSONAL GRATIFICATION.
Peterpayspaul January 06, 2013 at 01:28 AM
I personally love Laura's message. You threw me under under the bus months ago for AOL gain. Thank you for everything. I'd love to pick up your next check and I will too.
Colleen Brink January 06, 2013 at 01:45 AM
And it seems some also missed the lesson, "If you don't have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all." I've known Heather Walton for 20+ years and know that her only motive was to spread love and kindness. Heather is the most humble and beautiful soul you could ever hope to know. Her smile alone lights up a room. Thanks Heather, and Sarah for reminding us that it doesn't take much to make someone's day brighter!
dtownmomof3 January 06, 2013 at 04:34 AM
It just comes off with the general message hidden by who did what and how.. maybe a few more ideas of paying it forward and the message that doing a nice thing humbly and annonymously is much more of a happy selfless act. Who cares who knows who..really. Its town n uf you grew up here...you tend to know many. I teach my children that you just do nice things without expecting people to know you did it or getting praise. They often feel great about their deed and i also tell them it was a nice deed and am proud. Its like a time i read abt people teaching their kids and naming them how to help a family in need in the town over the holidays. Thats awesome! How would that family feel knowing people were patting themselves on the back for adopting a family. MY POINT: GREAT REMINDER TO DO KIND ACTS. JUST DO THEM. DONT KEEP SCORE.
Heather Walton January 06, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Love the passion about this topic...Kindness and goodness prevails!
Jeff Lugar January 06, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I don't know who you are, but if you're going to accuse someone of throwing you "under the bus" in a public comment section, the least you could do is not hide like a coward behind an anonymous username when you do so.
LG January 07, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I'm pleased to have such positive news & could care less that a person or biz are singled out.... (though I do know the waltons since I was a teenager)... thank you and please give us more of the good things happening in our communities!


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