Pay It Forward

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There is a country song called The Chain of Love, sung by Clay Walker, whose theme is about paying forward the good that has come your way. Well there is a group of people living in the Leduc area that have adopted this idea.

The individuals that have been active in forwarding good fortune can be found on the Facebook site called Leduc Rant & Rave.  This site is designed to allow members to rant or rave about things that are happening to them or their community. The amazing aspect is the people who have joined are people who are generally positive and have a real concern for the other members.

Recently one member ranted about forgetting to take some money from an ATM bank machine and by the time she remembered and returned to the machine the money was gone. Well she ranted a bit about the incident, blaming herself for being so forgetful. Then before you knew it, several members of the group had ponied up to replace her loss.  When she went to the bank to deposit the funds she was informed that the ATM machine had pulled the money back into the system and had credited her account the money she thought she had lost.

After informing the individuals who had contributed to replace the “lost” funds they all decided to pay it forward. About this time another member posted a rant about her son. He went out on his new bike for the first time and was using one of the fantastic bike paths that the City of Leduc has throughout the community. Thank goodness he was wearing a helmet, surprisingly not all teenagers do, he had his iPod connected to one ear enjoying the ride when an adult rider cut in front of him and sent him into a nearby tree trashing his bike. No apology, no stopping to help. After shaking out the cobwebs he gathered the pieces of his bike and headed home. Needless to say he was shaken and upset about the incident. His Mom is a single parent and money for a new bike would be difficult if not impossible in the near future.

Within the hour a decision was made to advance the pay it forward funds to assist in replacing the bike. This decision has affected the young teenager; as the recipient, he is very grateful and is planning to forward the funds to another deserving individual once he gets his first paycheck. His first decision with these unexpected funds was to repay a small loan he received from his grandmother and to bank the balance until he has the funds to buy a new bike.

This story reminded me of an old Anne Murray song,  A Little Good News. It’s not often that a good news story is reported, but thanks to a group from the Leduc Rant & Rave site we have such a story.

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