Hashbrowns and Pay Forwards

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I had so many wonderful comments from my last post I wanted to share my thoughts from today.

My day included a nice drive and then a bike ride but as heartwarming as I find my bike rides to be, it was the people and coffee shop this morning that touched my heart. – David

We don’t normally go out for breakfast but we were meeting a friend in Oliver (which is a little city about 30 minutes and two lakes south of Penticton).

Serendipitously we changed our plans and went to a local mall restaurant which was so cozy and warm with an atmosphere of people enjoying plain good cooked food.

Looking around I saw people digging into their breakfasts and the lunch special included borscht soup!

I had a side order of Hashbrowns, it was crispy and excellent with ketchup and hot sauce.

On the way out I spotted this bulletin board (below).

Community hearts in action

I asked my server if these pieces of paper represented prepaid menu items for the needy and he grinned widely.

The community is awesome and is hugely supportive in buying meals so needy people can come in and enjoy a restaurant meal with dignity and quietly be part of the atmosphere here.

I agreed, they are awesome, but so is this local business. More than coffee, I see sandwiches, grilled chicken, breakfasts and even poutine!

It brought to mind this story I read online called ” Coffee On the Wall” – when I read it I thought is was inspiring and I liked it, but seeing this community and restaurant in action really made my morning.

If you are interested in the Coffee On the Wall story – you can read it here – It’s quick and well written and a nice positive thought to share with your friends and family.


Thank you for taking the time to come by and read my post. Sincerely, David

Not today, no white stuff now so I am putting my shovel away !

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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15 Responses to Hashbrowns and Pay Forwards

  1. lghiggins says:

    David, thank you so much for sharing both of these Pay it Forward, with a twist, stories. They bring tears to my eyes, and the key is RESPECT. No one ever said as a child, “I want to be homeless or lack for food when I grow up.” What a wonderful thing these restaurants are doing to encourage this kind of love and respect instead of an unwelcoming attitude. Paying for the guy behind you in the drive through fast food line is sweet, but they are probably not the ones who need help. I hope this idea catches on. We can make a big difference in little ways.


  2. What a wonderful story, Dave. We need more businesses like this!

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  3. I hope these ideas will somehow go viral and more people will want to do this in their own communities! I’d share (buy for) a cup of coffee every time I ordered one for myself!


  4. debscarey says:

    Your story brought a tea to my eye too David. Stories like this always do, and I so wish there were more places like this. Respect and dignity are so important in making people feel like worthwhile human beings as they struggle with daily life.


  5. Hi David,
    I love such stories of paying forward. It is nice to read some positive news for a change in a sea of bad news all over.
    Thank you for sharing! Blessings!

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  6. Darlene says:

    What a wonderful idea. I have been to Oliver, it’s a very nice place.


  7. Oh I loved this post David, so heartwarming, thank you for sharing your experience at this wonderful business! Hugs, C


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