The Paying it Forward Campaign was created in honor of my father’s philosophy and way of life. He lived his life, day in and day out, by completing one good deed a day.
There were so many different ways he would achieve this. The one that stood out to me the most happened when we went for a day trip to San Francisco. I grew up just a few hours south of the city, and it was a regular thing for our family to go out and visit all of the beautiful sites California had to explore. On this day we hung out at Pier 39. We had just parked our car and started walking towards the pier. When we rounded the corner there was a homeless women standing on the street begging for money. She held a cardboard sign that said “Hungry please help. God Bless.” I was about 8 at the time, and my heart went out to her. She looked cold, hungry, and even scared. I thought to myself, my dad will give her something. Maybe a $1, maybe $5, maybe more? But when she asked my dad for money, he said, “No, I won’t give you any money.” My heart skipped a beat… really? His answer was no? I was shocked. Just as I was getting ready to ask him why, he said, “BUT I will take you to the sandwich shop down the block and I will buy you a meal.” I was so relieved, and she was so happy, that she started to cry. She quickly gathered her things as she repeated her thanks to my dad. When we got to the sandwich shop my dad asked her what she would like, and she ordered her sandwich. My dad told the guy behind the counter to double the order and added all of the extras, chips, drinks, cookies, apples, and anything else he could see. He also bought a gift card for her. She was in disbelief, I was too because he kept on adding more and more to her order. She was so grateful, every time she would begin to speak, she would stutter trying to find her words of thanks through her tears. She looked at me and said, “You have the best daddy in the whole world and don’t you ever forget it.” I never felt so much love and pride at that moment for my dad. It was then that I realized how lucky I was to have such a giving and selfless dad.
My dad passed away in January of 2009. I miss his giving spirit so much. And at the same time, I’m so tired of the negativity in this world. I’m ready to shine some light into people’s lives. I will host various giveaways through Liquid Script’s Pay It Forward Campaign throughout the year.
Be someone’s light!
Current Paying It Forward Campaign
Liquid Script is currently hosting a giveaway to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Help us spread the word so we are able to support more paying it forward campaigns.