Giving is contagious. Check out this Starbucks “experiment” a couple of years ago.
A small gesture of holiday cheer grew to involve about 500 coffee drinkers in a chain of giving in Marysville, Washington.
At about 8 a.m. Wednesday, a woman purchasing a drink at a Starbucks drive-through at 3725 116th Street Northeast offered to buy the drinks for the customers in line behind her.
She told the employee who was working the window to wish the folks happy holidays, and she drove away. Those customers were so touched that they paid for the order of the folks behind them.
Countless gingerbread lattes and peppermint mochas later, the spirit of reciprocity carried on. The line of giving had grown to involve 490 customers picking up tabs for those next in line at the store’s drive-through and lobby.
More than any other holiday, Purim inspires joy in others through acts of kindness. Whether gifts to needy families or simply food for friendship (mishloach manot) the acts generate joy and gladness. Take a few moments today to do a “random” act of kindness in honor of Purim. The spirit of Purim carries reverberations not only for the Jewish people but the world.
Spread some joy! Pay it Forward on Purim!
Wishing you a Happy Purim!
Rabbi Daniel Cohen