The last Thursday of April, 4/28/26, is Pay it Forward Day. At BE. Orlando, we take every opportunity to celebrate kindness and compassion – and today is one of our favorite days! 🙂
At Central Florida Earth Day last weekend we had our Humanist “Good Without God” campaign messaging displayed at our vendor tent. Most people who came by thanked us for sharing the message that all humans have the potential for good, for creating intentional opportunity for secular individuals to gather in service, and for providing a voice to those feeling unfairly and negatively judged because they don’t share the Christian faith perspective. One person had tears in her eyes: “I thought I was alone.” But some guests at our tent were angry, befuddled, sarcastic, and even mean. All were great conversations, but those who were surprised by our existence or afraid of our message are the reason why it is essential that Secular Americans be vocal and visible – when safe to do so – in our commitment to integrity, ethics, compassion, and kindness.
According to the Pay it Forward site, people from 75 countries participated in Pay it Forward Day in 2015 with individuals working on proclamations in 42 states & 48 cities.
For the 2016 international Pay it Forward Day (PIFD) they are aiming to inspire over 10 million acts of kindness around the world. Imagine the difference that would make!
They suggest some options:
- Collect smiles: How many people can you make smile today?
- Pay for someone’s cup of coffee
- Get the next person’s food, toll, petrol, etc.
- Help someone out in need
- Be creative!!!
- Click here for more ideas from Pay it Forward Day
- Click here for more ideas from BE’s Random Acts of Kindness Week post
While Pay it Forward Day focuses on marketing the concept of selfless giving for just one day a year to promote the concept, everyday can be Pay it Forward Day. Keep celebrating Kindness holidays (we post them on BE’s calendar) and intentionally seek opportunities to make a difference.
- Seven Pay it Forward Stories that Brought About Real Change
- Ideas for acts of kindness
- RAKtivists of Orlando
- RAK Cards for BE. Orlando members