A local group is hoping a little kindness will go a long way.
The Man-Kindness Society donated $500 to the Second Cup on the Corner of Bank and Somerset as part of a pay it forward initiative.
It’s a welcome surprise to those ordering their coffee.
“[I was] surprised for sure,” said Frederic. “I would say that why not? It’s a good idea and it gives me a way to just think about thinking about someone else and for sure, I’m going to do something else for someone else in a way and I hope it will continue.”
“I think it’s wonderful, actually,” said Shannon. “I was running low on cash, so this is great!”
For Chris Piper with the Man-Kindness Society it’s all about seeing the smiles on other’s faces.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to give and I think people need a little bit of happiness, a little bit of smiles,” he said. “We live in a very harsh world and all you seem to hear is a lot of bad news and tragedy. Every once in a while it’s nice to have somebody buy you a coffee, pick up the tab of your restaurant meal and just say ‘look, I appreciate you.'”
Michel Eid, the owner of the Second Cup franchise said they are happy to participate, adding it’s a great initiative.
“Just to see the smiles, even for the little things sometimes, you know? A coffee that costs $1.84, which is not a big deal, but it’s incredible. I don’t think it’s the money that matters, it’s more that it happened and somebody is thinking about the other person,” said Eid. “It means a lot. It’s a big thing.”
Piper, who is sponsoring this kind of initiative across the country, would rather remain anonymous, but decided to speak with CFRA to get his message across and raise awareness about the Man-Kindness Society.
He hopes to inspire enough people to give back to others that one day they can do things like help a senior in need go on a vacation.