Ryan Cox has been paying for the order behind him in the drive-thru line at Starbucks for some time now. Each time to secretly make someone’s day a little bit better.
This time he came out of hiding to pay it forward for children at a local elementary school whose parents were delinquent on their lunch payments.
Inspired by a friend, Ryan went to Lakeside Elementary with a plan to pay off overdue lunch accounts for families who’d fallen on hard times — not just a few, but for the entire school. He reached out on social media asking people to join him to cover the full amount of $1200. Through his donation site, he received nearly $1,000 in five days.
“We’re excited,” said Lakeside Principal Jeff Hoog. “It’s really big when you talk about what small things can do for people. They really add up.”
Turns out paying it forward is about more than helping your target. It’s a lesson, that spreads to everyone who learns about it.
“It just feels good to do something good,” Ryan said. “This is just a bunch of good people doing a little bit more good.”