My Turn Day: Start Doing. Everyone else is…
‘Pay-it-forward’ chain lasts for hours at Starbucks
By JOHN REYNOLDS (firstname.lastname@example.org)
THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
Posted Feb 10, 2010 @ 04:32 PM
Last update Feb 11, 2010 @ 06:20 AM
Maybe it was an attempt at cheering up fellow motorists on another chilly day.
Maybe people were just feeling good because the sun was shining and spring is just around the corner.
In any event, Teri Barnett of Riverton did her part Wednesday to keep the good vibes flowing at the drive-up window of the Clear Lake Avenue Starbucks.
About 7:30 a.m., an unknown customer paid for the coffee of the occupants of the vehicle behind her. By noon, when Barnett drove through, the trend had been going uninterrupted all morning, according to manager Paul Rahn.
One after another, drivers arrived at the window and learned that the person in front of them had paid for their order. And, in turn, each new driver would offer to pay for the order behind them.
“I was the 133rd person,” Barnett said. “It’s really neat to see how people do that for everybody.”
Employees of the Starbucks, 3200 Clear Lake Ave., said the trend continued until about 2:30 p.m. By then, 172 drivers had paid for the people behind them.
Rahn said the business has seen people pay for the order behind them before, but it usually stops after about a dozen orders.
The phenomenon, sometimes called “pay it forward,” is also more likely to occur during the holidays, he said.
“For it to be on a Wednesday morning with no significance, it’s neat to see people do that,” Rahn said.
While he didn’t know what the record might be, Rahn didn’t know of any other time in Springfield where so many people had paid for the orders behind them. The woman who started the ball rolling wasn’t a regular customer, he said, and no one at the restaurant knew her name.
Barnett, who was all smiles, said she was more than happy to participate Wednesday.
“I’m in a good mood. It’s been a good day,” Barnett said.
City: Tallahasse, FL
I was listening about this My Turn Day thing and thought it was worth a shot to tell you about DM. DM stands for Danca Marathon and it is the largest student run philanthropy in the nation. Here at Florida State we are hostin gour 40 hour even this Valentines Weekend. This weekend 1300+ volunteers who have raised at least $300 will stand for 20 hours without a break. More information is at dm.fsu.edu. I danced for 32 hours last year and completely blew my knee out but it was still one of the proudest moments of my life. All the money raised goes to the children’s miracle network and during the event miracle family kids come out to tell their story and play with the college kids. Thanks!
Name: Ridge Baker
City: Neoga, IL
It’s my turn day and I just wanted to let you know that until 9am central time a friend of our family, Dustin Shuemaker, will be riding a snowmobile to break the record for miles put in during a 24 hr period which is over 1400 miles. He started at 9am yesterday morning and has been going an avg of about 80mph. This is something this guy has been working on for a long time and this is all for the awareness of a disease that his daughter has had to deal with. They’ve raised a good some of donations and coincidentily the ride is being done as a good start for my turn day. They’ve set up a facebook page which can be found by searching Helping Hands for Hannah. Thought I’d pass this on cause it’s something that we’re all very proud of. Good luck on your my turn day things:)
Name: Sara Mullins
City: The Colony
I have been trying to get people to join in my efforts. If you could share this with your listeners, I would appreciate it greatly.
Support the troops by writting a letter to Pen Pals for Soldiers, 2473 Atherton Court , Simi Valley , CA 93065 http://www.penpalsforsoldiers.org/faq.php or Donating gently used items to a local shelter (the one I am giving to is in Dallas, Family Place)http://www.familyplace.org/Page.aspx?pid=191
L.G. Pinkston High School
District Wide Event. Project 24, every student donates .24 cents to help a family in need. see attachment
Norma S. Villegas, Principal
L.G. Pinkston High School
“Education with a Purpose”
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Posted by Jason Hensel on 2/3/2009 4:15:19 PM
“On February 10, it’s your turn to announce to the world exactly what you’re doing to serve your community,” the Web site said. “You blog it, text it, e-mail it, twitter it, webcam it, maybe even write it on the back window of your car. Let the world know exactly what you’re DOING. Chances are, all those messages will inspire them to serve too.
On My Turn Day, update the status on every Web page you have. Twitter it, IM it, send out a mass text to everyone in your contact list. Your message could be as simple as this: Tamara is reading to the blind every Saturday starting this weekend, or Gary is helping his neighbors paint a disabled man’s home tomorrow.”
And its tag line is actually my motto for this year: Stop Talking. Start Doing.
MY TURN DAY is February 10th and it couldn’t be simpler.
1) Between now and the 10th, reach out to the charity or group that you would like to serve and sign-up, either on the phone or in person.
2) On My Turn Day, announce to everyone exactly what you’re doing, thru facebook,, myspace..twitter, etc.
That’s it! So simple and yet major impact as thousands of online users change their status to whatever they’ve signed up for.