Pay It Forward — She just won the lottery!

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I love paying forward.  This blog reminds me of how just a little can mean so much to one person. If we all could do that one little thing to pay forward .

This make me smile and think to pass on this tip!

Here's to paying forward!

Zoey the Cool Cat after paying it forward

She just won the lottery!

I've done this Pay It Forward before, but I do believe it is rapidly becoming my favorite way to Pay It Forward.

It's not exactly easy, but it is fun, especially when I see the wild eyes of excitement on the recipient and the feeling in my heart.

Here is what I do about once a month:

Cyrstal GeyserFirst, throughout the month I buy bottles and cans of drinks, such as Crystal Geyser, Diet Coke, Sprite, Black Velvet, tequila, and margarita. California charges us a nickel for each small bottle or can that we buy, and a dime for the big bottles, but we can get that money back if we'll save the bottles and cans and recycle them, and that's what I do. After I drink what's in those bottles and cans!

The place where I recycle gives a cash receipt for Ralphs grocery store. That's the only place where I can spend the money. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the recycling company is located in the front corner of the Ralphs parking lot.

To be recycledThere's always a line at the recycling center, and there are a lot of homeless people who use the center, so what I do is put all my bottles and cans through the machines, get my receipt, and....

...turn around and give it to the worst-looking person I can find. This simple act always gets an exclamatory Thank you! that is often followed by Are you sure?

For me it's a lot of fun because I do enjoy recycling and I do enjoy helping others. Since I had already "lost" the money when I originally bought the drinks, I really haven't missed it, so not getting it back by giving it to someone else causes no pain.

Zoey the Cool CatAnother reason why I like this is because the cash receipt can only be spent at Ralphs and it can't be used for tobacco or alcohol.

When I did this a couple of days ago, the total came to $19.45, and the gal that I gave it to, well, I don't think she's had anyone do anything really nice for her in many a day because I think she was the happiest person on Earth. As soon as she finished thanking me, she rushed into Ralphs and that's the last I saw of her.

To me, it's only $19.45. To her, well, she probably thinks she just won the lottery!

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