Paying It Forward — How a Train Ride and No Cash Fueled Diana’s Compassion
I recently was checking my Facebook app (for the 10th or so time that day…) and received a notification that I was tagged in a Facebook post by a friend and former colleague, Diana Kelter. Diana posted a Facebook status sharing how she didn’t have cash to pay for her train ticket, was treated with kindness from a stranger and in turn, decided to pay in forward — right from the STAND app. Likely you’ve heard of the “pay it forward” concept: it’s simply a response to one person’s kindness by being kind to someone else.
I wanted to share Diana’s inspiring pay it forward story with you — in her own words. I loved hearing how she used the STAND platform to not only discover a new nonprofit and STAND for a cause she’s passionate about, but to show kindness simply because she was gifted kindness from someone else. Thank you, Diana, for sharing!
More often than not I fall victim to not keeping cash on me, and sometimes I don’t realize it until I’m in a cash only situation, such as on the Metra train. I found myself in need of a ticket with cash being the only acceptable form of payment. I explained my situation to two conductors and offered to do a pay by mail form to cover the cost of a ticket (which is about $10). They both didn’t ask too many questions, and as we got closer to Chicago I realized neither of them had brought a form and they didn’t question me when I started walking off of the train.
I was touched by their kindness to give me a free ride when they didn’t have to and it immediately made me want to pay it forward with the money I had saved. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by where to look, how you should donate it, what cause has meaning to me, etc. A simple act of wanting to do good can easily become overwhelming, until STAND immediately entered my mind and I realized I had an entire database of worthy causes right in my phone.
What I love about STAND is that it allows you to pay it forward in such a seamless manner. In just a few minutes, I had picked a cause, created a STAND and donated all from my phone. The extra benefit of STAND was that I able to select and donate to a cause that I previously had never heard of, but instantly fell in love with.
I realized as I was taking the train how grateful I am for the fact that I can casually take public transportation independently because there are so many people who suffer from disabilities limiting where and how they can travel. Combined with my love of dogs — It was a no brainer for me to support an organization called Canine Partners for Life, which provides service dogs for those with disabilities.
At the end of the day, I was able to Pay It Forward to a charity that I truly loved in a manner that would not have been possible without STAND in my phone.
I think we all come across moments where we want to Pay it Forward, but without the right accessibility or direction — it’s easy for that moment to fade. That’s why I chose to Pay it Forward with STAND. It provided the immediate accessibility that I wanted, while still offering plenty of creativity to donate to a cause with special meaning.