Saturday, December 18, 2010

Duyen's Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward is a movement started by a 12 year old boy, Trevor McKinney in the movie Pay It Forward. Trevor gets assigned this project by his social studies teacher Eugen Simonet where you have to make a difference in someone's lives. Trevor decides to help 3 people to begin with (his mom, Mr. Simonet, and Jerry a homeless person) and encourages them to help 3 other people and so on. The numbers get pretty large quickly if each person helped 3 people. 3 people then 9 then 27 then 81 and so on.
(Sorry if I misinterpreted the question wrong because I was not here when the grade 8's watched the movie and paragraphs. Feel free to tell me what I did wrong and I will attempt to fix it to the best of my ability)

My Pay It Forward act of kindness was donating toys to the Christmas Cheer Board. I chose this activity because experienced first hand how it feels like to not get what you want on Christmas. I hope that children will receive my gifts and feel ecstatic because they like it so much! I helped children who won't be able to get gifts on Christmas morning and thinking that Santa Claus let them down or even worst. Santa Claus doesn't exist! I donated toys to the Christmas Cheer Board in the Northgate Shopping Centre. I did this act of kindness on December 18, 2010 at approximately at 4:00 p.m.

My act of kindness went extremely well because I felt really happy knowing that young children are going to wake up on Christmas morning receiving a gift from me or also known as Santa Claus. I went to Zellers and bought a toy for a little boy and girl. (Dress-up jewelries for a girl and a set of toy guns that shot out foam balls for a boy) Then I donated it in a Christmas Cheer Board bin located in Northgate Shopping Centre, near of Asia Gifts. I felt satisfied knowing that two little children are going to receive my gift and cherish it with all their love. This elderly and jolly man named Andrij was near the bin and thought that I was doing a great deed of kindness and even teased me that I was posing for my boyfriend! He asked me what the picture was for and explained to him about the 2 Minutes To Make A Difference and the Pay It Forward movement. After I was finished explaining I asked him if he was going to try to "Pay It Forward". He gave it a thought and said that he will try and he'll start tomorrow in his church, St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church by spreading the word about the Pay It Forward movement.

I think that the idea of "Pay It Forward" is important because if everyone tried to Pay It Forward somehow then we might not have wars or any type of conflicts in the world. Our world would be calm and content. In my opinion, I think that my my act of kindness which was donating toys to the Christmas Cheer Board made a difference in a few children's lives. Even though it was on a smaller scale it made a difference somehow. Remember every small act of kindness counts. Like Mahatma Ghandi says "In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all." Meaning that if you are going to do something don't do half hearted. Do it because you want to not because you have to.

Here is a website for further information about Pay It Forward.

Here is a video where Christian HELP Foundation "Pay It Forward".

Here is a video about Paying It Forward.


  1. Great Pay It Forward Duyen, I liked your link and your act of kindness. I also do hope that the toys you donated have made lots of kids happy.

  2. Great job Duyen. I'm sure the kids will appreciate your kind donation. You did a great thing.

  3. Nice job, Duyen. The children will be very appreciated for the things you donated. Great job.