Paragould celebrates Pay it Forward Day

Pay It Forward in Paragould
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Pay It Forward Paragould participated in national Pay it Forward Day in a big way.

The group passed out hundreds of bracelets at restaurants in town.

"We have had a lot of people come through and we have been handing them the bracelets and explaining exactly what pay it forward is and people have been helping out," Zaxby's employee Jay Thorne said.

Workers passed the bracelets out encouraging people to do a kind act Thursday.

"It is a day where we encourage people to do random acts of kindness. This is the day we say we want you to either pay for someone's meal, or if you don't want to spend money then open a door or make a new friend, just something easy," Dustin Rumsey with Pay It Forward Paragould said.

Rumsey has been working the past three years to bring the idea of paying it forward to the city.

"It is like a ripple effect, so what this is designed to do is have one act of kindness spread across and multiplied many times so it can change Paragould and maybe the whole world," Rumsey said.

Rumsey said the bracelets have been a great way to remind people to be kind.

"These are not for you to keep. They are for you to do something nice for someone and pass it along. So the kids don't like giving them up at first but this is part of it as well," Rumsey said.

Rumsey said having restaurants pass out the bracelets started the movement.

"I went to BBQ Shack and the cashier there had a bracelet from McDonald's so it is kind of already spreading," Rumsey said.

Several restaurants including Zaxby's, McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and more participated Thursday.

Thorne said he loves seeing his city be kind to others, and he said it goes a long way.

"It is probably one of the best things our town does. Pay it forward asks you to do random acts of kindness," Thorne said.

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