Maladjusted?

Pay It Forward!

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moneyI blogged a little while ago about meeting the effervescent Nipun Mehta, founder of the organisation CharityFocus.org – a completely decentralised, global and volunteer led organisation looking to ‘pay forward’ random acts of kindness.

So I was really interested to stumble over an article today about a church in Oviedo, Florida, where the congregation are being given money to go out and make a difference to their community.

The church has two rules, the first that the money that each member of the congregation is given (whether that be $10, $20, or $100) must be spent on someone in need and could not be spend on themselves, and that secondly it could not be given back to the church. 

What a fabulous way to inspire people to get involved in random acts of kindness, and make a tangible difference to their local community!

I am also feeling inspired, and trying to think of ways that we could possibly incorporate a similar, ‘pay it forward’, gift economy idea into our next community event…

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Written by Lores

August 5, 2009 at 12:47 pm

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  1. Inspired. For all the (sometimes deserved) flack they come in for, it is worth remembering that organised churches are capable of some pretty generous acts.

    The only organisation feeding migrants in Sangate these days is the Catholic Church and they ask no questions and don’t care where people come from or what their creed my be. There is no preaching, just food and shelter.

    The French govt would cheerfully let them starve.

    Jon in France

    August 6, 2009 at 10:47 am

  2. Jon,

    That’s awful. I’ve always loved france, but have always found the french inherently racist – is that you experience as well?

    L

    Lores

    August 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    • I’d say that the French are no more nor less racist than the British, but they have historically been more overt about it. The situation is improving – support for the National Front of Le Pen is plummeting, down from 17% when he ranoff against Chirac a few years back to less than 5%.

      We’re seeing a lot more positive role models from North African families and from the Isles (Reunion, Guadaloupe, etc) in sport, the media and politics and that can only be good. Since we’ve been living here (6 and a half years) I’ve not had anyone making racist comments in my hearing, but 20 years ago it was “Les Arabes” this and “Les Arabes” that all the time.

      I believe things are changing. I hope they are.

      Jon in France

      August 6, 2009 at 8:22 pm


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