Last week the kids and I went to Walmart and purchased more #ClearAmericanWaters this time we were on a mission to pay it forward. The first thing I asked the kids was who they wanted to give the Clear American waters too since I wanted this to be a lesson as well to them and show them that you can give to someone without expecting something in return. I was proven wrong by the way but not for the reason you think.
The kids decided it would be totally random, people they didn’t know and people that “looked hot.” We had bought 4 of their favorite Clear American Water flavors and stuck them in the fridge for a few hours before we ventured out. But Little A wanted to do something too and asked to give them candy bars. By the way when he calls something a candy bar he is meaning granola bars because those are HIS candy bars. So armed with a video camera, my phone, (for quick pics) the waters and granola bars we all gathered into the car. We went around 1-2pm which meant it was HOT out here in Indiana.
The first stop would be a man holding a sign for “cash for gold” and immediately BalletGirl requested him. She is right he’s outside every day with headphones in his ear and just holding this sign up. I kind of felt sorry for him. I quickly got out, let him know what we were doing and asked if he’d be okay if she’d give him some clear american water and a granola bar. He happily said yes and smiled and said thank you when she gave them to him. He got key lime water, which is her favorite.
The next one was actually in the same area, he was mowing a huge lawn so I stopped, explained and once again he too said yes. This time it was BabyGirl and she gave him the Kiwi-strawberry water and Little A gave him the granola bar (he gave all them one). Once again we got a big smile and a thank you. She went back to the car with all types of smiles on her face.
We couldn’t find many out, we had hoped we’d see the man that is always holding a “please help I need money and I’m homeless” but we didn’t. So we stopped off at Walmart to where they were having a race car thing and saw some workers that looked hot under an umbrella area with no drinks. I explained what we were doing and they said they’d happily take them, it was kind of funny seeing how they worked there and that was originally where we got them. But as we walked around we did notice them drinking the drinks.
That night I asked the kids what they learned: “Mom, you do get something when you do something nice.” They explained they felt good about doing it and that they all got a thank you and a smile. Now that’s paying it forward. Will you pay it forward?
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, which is a vendor for Cott Beverages Inc., the manufacturer of Clear American ® brand beverages. All pictures, videos and opinions are mine and the kids’.