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Easy Ways To Pay It Forward

Growing up, I remember every holiday season, my parents would find a way to help us pay it forward. One year, I remember getting up extra early and delivering hot chocolate and pastries to all of the crossing guards in our school district. I was a teenager then, and seeing the smiles on their faces was so rewarding and memorable. I had grumbled about it for days, but I definitely caught the giving bug after that.  And that compassion is something I really want to teach my own children.

My kids are too little to completely understand giving back, but we still try to give them examples of paying it forward. In the coming weeks, we will go pick an angel of the tree at our church, and I hope to get one of a child around the same age as my son so he can help pick the gift. There are so many things you can do to pay it forward, and you really don’t have to even spend any money. Here is a list of ways you can pay it forward this holiday season!


Do you have another idea or do something I left off my list? I want to know, how you guys teach your family the spirit of giving!



  1. I’ve been spending a lot of time volunteering at a local homeless shelter. I serve breakfast there a couple times a week before work. It’s an awesome way to give back. They also had something similar to an Angel Tree, and I bought three gifts for people in the shelter. It honestly feels so great to give back this time of year. I love these ideas you shared. I’ve paid for someone’s coffee before, and it was almost like a thrill. I felt so sneaky. I also think that giving back to the military is so important. They do so much for us!

  2. Make mini cakes for those first responders. Volunteer at your local House of Ruth or Children’s hospital. Take coloring books and a toy and wrap them for those children in the hospital for the holidays.

  3. I love this! We strive to teach our children how to be compassionate and giving as well. This is a great list that little ones could get involved 🙂

  4. I’ve been so bad this year! I wanted to make up a list like this for his advent calendar to do something kind every day! I know it’s not too late because it’s only the first, but still! Plus, he is only two so most of it will be lost on him anyway, but it’s best to start early!

    1. My son is almost 4, and this is the first year he is really understanding. It’s so hard when your busy with little hands!

  5. I love this! As a military wife, I always appreciate when I see supporting deployed troops on this list. It’s so hard for them to be away at the holidays.

    1. Thank you for your service and sacrifice! I can’t imagine how tough it must be to not have your loved ones with you, espresso during the holidays

  6. I am going to make an effort to complete each of the items on this list. I have a few crossed off already but I truly believe that the more we give, the happier we become!

  7. That hot cocoa tip is amazing! That’s something I have to totally remember to do. Especially for the one we always see. She’s so nice to my daughter.

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