Pay-It-Forward Birthday Wishes
--by sonrisa, posted Feb 1, 2007
It was a good friend's birthday the other week and I wasn't going to be able to wish him in person. I decided to pay-it-forward in honour of his birthday and started searching through the internet for ideas. I came across a wonderful concept on the Give Foundation's site, whereby you can gift a donation for a particular item/cause in honor of a friend -- just what I was looking for.
They had lots of wonderful causes to support and I decided to support two causes with the theme of empowerment in mind. Through one NGO, you could support the purchasing of books to create a rural library and the other NGO purchased a wheelchair for someone in need.
It is such a wonderful feeling to pay-it-forward to honour people's birthdays -- I think I'm going to continue this for other friends too!
Each Christmas I ask friends and family to do the same for me, but most of them still feel the need to get me a traditional gift instead. Which just goes to show that breaking with conventions isn't easy. You did a good and brave thing.