Paying it forward can make a difference

Published 7:36 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2018

couple months ago, I did something I’ve never done before in my life.

During my customary trek through the McDonald’s drive-thru to get my daily large sweet tea and sausage-and-egg biscuit, I noticed in my rearview mirror an elderly lady driver in the vehicle behind me digging in her purse, I assume for change to pay for her order.

As I pulled up the window to pay for my meal, something came over me encouraging me to also pay for the driver behind me. I did so and got a nice comment from the young lady taking my money. But the look of astonishment and obvious gratefulness, along with a friendly wave from the driver, made the extra $5.38 all worth it.

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I share this with you not seeking a pat on the back or an “atta boy” for my act of kindness, but rather in hopes of encouraging each of us to provide a little more kindness in the world and along the way brighten even a stranger’s day.

There are so many ways or opportunities for us to share kindness with others, especially this time of year.

Several local organizations seek volunteers or charitable donations to assist those in need.

If you get the chance, volunteer as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army during the kettle drive. And if you don’t have the time to be a bell ringer, drop a few bucks inside the kettle instead of buying another fast-food lunch this week.

The “Bundle Up the Burg” cold weather clothing drive is going on now through Christmas, seeking items to be donated for those less fortunate. Drop by George Carr Cadillac Buick GMC, the City Hall Annex or the radio stations on Belmont Street where donation boxes are located and leave your items for those in need.

Giving a little of your paycheck to the United Way of West Central Mississippi also makes a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Anonymously paying it forward will warm your heart, whether it’s buying a stranger a cup of coffee or dragging your elderly neighbors trash can up from the street.

Think about what a great world and community we would all live in if each of us just did a random act of kindness for each other.

Rob Sigler is editor of The Vicksburg Post. You may reach him at