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  • CBivens

    My husband and I have done this several times and found the more we do this, the better we get. We make sure we ask their name and address them by name. We have also found when ever possible, we take them into the restaurant counter and let them order their meal prepared the way they want. Feeding the body is important; helping restore pride is priceless.

  • Rohan Sharma

    Got any specific places for this to work, people usually pay before the meal where I usually eat. Standing in line I think?

    • Jan Simson

      I think the cool thing about it is that it's not limited to specific places. You can pay for anyone's meal anywhere, and where there are people, you can engage them in a conversation. You can try it out at a high end restaurant, at Starbucks, at a random food stand, and if you're really daring, try it at McDonald's...

  • Debra Walsh

    I have done this in the past but never started a conversation. I have put money toward bills whenever I see people from the armed forces eating. Had the waiter tell them but not that it was me.

  • Gisela Hausmann Author

    OK, I apologize upfront that I bought this homeless man cigarettes on more than one occasion. Then again, it is unlikely that he would have quit, had I not purchased them for him. What my below mentioned blog is really supposed to say is, “Society has a tendency to overlook certain members, pretend, that they don’t know anything, when in fact they know lot.”

  • bendior

    Without the conversation is good too. Just paying without the person knowing who it is from feels good.

  • TheTravelGalxo

    I have done this and it pays its-self forward every time! V = D we are our brothers keeper, blessings to be all

    • MeydH

      I loved your words

  • sandyfob

    I've taught my kids to do this for people at the subway or at the tollbooth in our car...but your idea encourages a conversation. Either way is nice... to share goodness for no reason except to help brighten someone else's day. Good job Jan!

  • bobbi directions

    What a great idea, Jan! Will do this weekend and put on our FB page too. Thank you for idea. - Bobbi

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Thanks for posting! I'll include this in Push for Good this weekend!!