I remember sitting in a restaurant with my husband some years ago and just chatting away about the day we both had at work. We ate and towards the end we were getting prepared to pack up our left overs and pay until we had realized it had been some time since we had last seen the waiter. I guess we were so deep in conversation that we didn’t realize it had been at least 30 mins or so. We looked around and found her helping another customer’s table and had sent a signal across the room that we were ready to pay. A few minutes had passed and the waiter had let us know that someone thought we were such a nice couple and had already paid for us. My mouth dropped open as I looked at my husband trying to process what we were just told. I couldn’t believe someone had seen us earlier and decided to do that for us. I was shocked. And then I remembered making an off the cuff remark (I was still in shock ya’ll) “well, wait..where are they? What do we do next?” My waiter said kindly “pay it forward.”
When I made the off-the-cuff remark I was coming from a place being a doer and wanting to immediately repay the kind gesture. There is a great quote I had once heard that goes:
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams
The smallest act of kindness creates a ripple effect and to celebrate International Pay It Forward Day on Saturday, April 28 Phoenix area Dunkin’ Donuts locations are launching a pay it forward-inspired program called “Sip a Cup, Share a Cup”. From April 28th – May 27th (or while supplies last), all guests who purchase any size coffee at participating Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants will receive a special Free Coffee Card. Guests are encouraged to pass the card along to “pay it forward,” covering the cost of someone’s next coffee.
Additionally, on Saturday, April 28, Dunkin’ Donuts will be paying it forward with free parking in select downtown Tempe locations for commuters, tourists and students, as well as passing out free donuts and flowers at the Tempe Mill light rail station that morning.
Dunkin’ Donuts’ popular hot and iced coffees include three unique blends sourced from 100% Arabica beans from around the world; seven different options for flavor shots and four different flavor swirls. Dunkin’ Donuts sells more than 1.9 billion cups of hot and iced coffee globally every year.
International Pay It Forward Day is celebrated in more than 80 countries with the goal of creating a ripple effect of kindness. The idea is that small acts, when multiplied by millions of people across the globe, can literally change the world. For this year’s international Pay It Forward Day, the goal is to inspire more than 10 million acts of kindness.
Pay It Forward Suggestions:
- Pay for someone’s coffee
- Get the next person in line’s food, groceries, gas, etc
- Give flowers or thank you card
- Help someone in need
- Give time/money to local charity
WHEN: April 28 – May 27, 2018
WHERE: Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the Phoenix area
So make it a point to Sip A Cup, Share A Cup by stopping your local Dunkin’ Donuts and making a difference in someone’s day.
For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.
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