Every year on June 15th, people from all over the world participate in Worldwide Day of Giving by performing the simplest of kind acts. The tradition began back in 2010 as part of the founding year of Reed’s Year of Giving. Reed’s mission was simple: he gave away $10 to a different person ever day for a year in honor of his mother and wrote about his experiences. What Reed gained from his year of giving was invaluable: the power of paying it forward.

While a few dollars may not seem like much for one person, Reed (and many others) learned that the act of paying it forward can quickly inspire others to do the same, which ends up making a big difference in the world. For example, if someone surprised you with $10, what are the chances that you would want to do something kind for a stranger in turn? Pretty high!

So, in honor of this very special day, we at Mercy Home want to inspire you to pay it forward by helping Chicago children in need. Below you will find five easy ways to participate in Worldwide Day of Giving. We encourage you to share your experiences with us in the comment section so you can motivate others to do the same!

Day of GivingMercy Home has volunteer opportunities throughout the year, including longer commitments such as becoming a mentor with Friends First. You don’t have to spend money to make a difference – your time is valuable too!

Day of GivingFollow Mercy Home on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and be sure to like and share our posts! Are you doing something amazing for your community? Tag Mercy Home and share your accomplishments. You might even be featured on our social page or blog!

Day of GivingDo you have a few extra dollars to spare? Why not buy the stranger next in line a cup of coffee? Help out a person less fortunate by purchasing them a snack. Double up your tip amount next time you go out for dinner. Trust us, even the smallest amount can make someone’s day! Chances are, they’ll pay it forward too!

Day of GivingHave some clothes that you never wear anymore? There are plenty of items Mercy Home needs to help our young men and women feel more at home. Don’t toss the items you no longer want – call Mercy Home at 877-637-2955 to donate them!

Day of GivingEven $10 can make a difference for children in need. Check out our infographic to see what your dollars go to here at Mercy Home. Your support can truly change lives!

Do you have other ideas for ways to participate? Share them with us! Happy Worldwide Day of Giving!

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