The concept of “paying it forward” is woven into the fabric of F.E.A.S.T. If you haven’t heard of paying it forward, it’s pretty much this: If someone offers you an act of kindness, then you respond by offering an act of kindness to someone else. You don’t repay the kindness to the original giver, you pass the kindness on, thereby paying it forward.
At F.E.A.S.T., everything we do is some form of paying it forward. Those who were supported by F.E.A.S.T. during their greatest time of need become volunteers so that in turn, they can offer guidance and support to newer parents. It’s a cycle of kindness; the giving nature of our volunteers is a critical element of F.E.A.S.T.
Our online forums and parent support channels are staffed by those who, once upon a time, took what they needed from F.E.A.S.T., and now they want to pay it back by being there for others. The beneficiaries become the benefactors.
It’s therefore no surprise that when we founded our FIRST30Days service in September, we built in a “pay it forward” component from the start. After benefitting from 30 days of lessons filled with valuable and reliable information, skills and tools that empower parents so that they can help their loved one more effectively, and loads of educational resources and materials, participants are then encouraged on day 31 to pay it forward by donating $30 to support the next family as they embark on their caregiving journey through FIRST30Days. It’s the F.E.A.S.T. way: if we helped you, we encourage you to reach out and help someone else.
If you haven’t yet taken the opportunity to pay it forward, you can do so by donating now. Your support gives us the means to support others and helps perpetuate the cycle of kindness that makes us so proud of our F.E.A.S.T. parent community.