Back in the 90s, I immigrated to the United States from the war-torn Balkans. With the help of a wonderful host family during my first year here, I was able to finish high school, get a college scholarship, start my first job and begin living independently. I think of this family as my guardian angels, although they never thought so of themselves.
One evening, over a bowl of strawberry ice cream, I asked my American “dad” how I could ever repay their incredible kindness and generosity. “Just pay it forward,” he simply said. Goodness happens when you extend your kindness and generosity to others, however and whenever you can, so they can eventually pay it forward, too.
That’s why at Sage Abbey, we created a “Pay It Forward” jar. We fill the jar with a percentage of our sales, kind donations from our customers, and uplifting messages. When the jar is full, we “pay it forward” by donating its contents to those who need it the most. Our donations so far were to Carpenter’s Shelter, a local charity helping people achieve lasting independence; as well as a local food pantry. Both are located in Alexandria, VA.
As Sage Abbey grows, the “Pay It Forward” jar initiative will grow too. The goal is to eventually fund a scholarship for a child in need, just like mine was funded by generosity of others many years ago. That’s how life comes full circle. And that’s how we pay it forward.
If you wish to contribute to the jar, please click the “Donate” button below. Any amount will bring about goodness and lasting, positive change to those who need it the most. Thank you for paying it forward!