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See how the West MI community is Paying it Forward during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 8:45 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 08:45:51-04

Embracing the “pay-it-forward" mentality is what we are all about at FOX 17. So, it only makes sense that when it shows up on for Tuesday, April 28, we shed some light on good deeds being done and how you can do them, as well.

On Facebook, I was flooded with ways that people, businesses and organizations are “paying-it-forward". For instance, my aunt is taken an elderly couple under her wings, making sure that they have wonderful home cooked meals.

A picture of non-perishable food covering a table and fresh rose bushes for people to plant, stopped me in my tracks on Facebook. City Church in Rockford, 3233 10 Mile Rd NE, has a “Giving Table”. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, people can stop by and take what they need or donate to the table.

A major kudos to Randall Scott, owner of Fortune Chef, 9353 Cherry Valley Ave SE in Caledonia. He has given away 1,200 pounds of flour, 380 pounds of yeast, several cases of onions, peppers and other veggies along with bread, toilet paper and beyond to his community.

Want to find a way that you can pay-it-forward? An extremely cool thing in Rockford. They have a created an “Adopt a Rockford Senior 2020” Facebook group. Families and friends post a picture of a Rockford senior along with a bio. Community members “adopt them” by pledging to send a letter, card, gift card, snacks, gift baskets, etc. How clever and deserving!

Want to sweeten up the day of a frontline worker? Hudsonville Ice Cream wants to help you do just that. They are doing a“Random Acts of Ice Cream” giveaway. The company is accepting nominations for doctors, nurses, etc. to receive ice cream pints delivered to their homes. Be sure to visit this link to place your nomination.

Additionally, Hudsonville Ice Cream has already been delivering thousands of pints of ice cream to hospital staff throughout the Midwest.

Some other great ways you can pay-it-forward are raking a neighbor’s yard, pulling weeds, picking up trash as you go for a walk, and pay for someone’s food behind you in line.
In a time like this, little things are big things, remember that. Keep up the great work!