It all started with this one post.
“Hi ladies I feel like blessing someone. Looking for a lady who needs a cut and blow-wave, a cut and blow-wave for her daughter, a cut for her son and a cut for her husband – all for free. Anyone who suits this description? Will go to the first one to comment.” – Wednesday 1 June 2016 – 7:16pm Facebook South Peninsula Mom’s Group.
The next thing I know people are commenting, liking and loving this post. It sparked a viral kindness in the Valley by the time I logged on after 7am on 2 June 2016. By 8 pm the Group Admin lost count of the more than 200 #payitforward offers by individuals in this local Mom’s Group!
Gestures of kindness ranged from baby-sitting, to maternity services, plumbing, meal vouchers, beauty vouchers, portraits, hand-made crafts, stays at guest houses/bed & breakfasts’, party planning, counselling, tutoring, and MANY more. All you had to do was leave a comment in the post before given deadlines and a winner would be drawn. Eezy-Peezy-Lemon-Squeezy!
We were all in awe of the level of generosity of random people in our Valley, all of this within 24 hours!
Yes, living in the Far South sure conjures up feelings of community, entrenched in our giving nature.
In the spirit of Paying it Forward, I offered a tiny platform on my blog to any small business owner who participated in this random #payitforward community initiative. All they had to do was comment on my post.
So here is the awesome list of local small business entrepreneurs who generously gave to random people in my community today. Click on the business name and visit their Facebook Page or website. You may just find what you’ve been looking for on my side of the world!
Offered wedding photography services.
250 pieces of firewood to someone to keep warm this freezing winter.
20 Litres of paint to an NPO in need of a coat of paint.
Pick Me I’m Perfect
A funky whistling kettle.
Chantelle Visser | Shagan Photography
Offered a style kids/young teen photoshoot for 2 girls, including hair and make-up!
Group members could nominate a person in need of a carpet/upholstery clean. In addition to this, if you answered a question correct and liked their Facebook Page then you also stood a chance of winning a free cleaning service.
Rooibos Beauty & Health
Offered 7 mothers in the valley an Annique DermalLift Facial and hand pamper in the privacy of their own home or office.
Donated 4 pallets to someone in need.
My Baby Registry & Shop
A surprise gender neutral gift for a baby.
Paid It Forward with a Bio Sculpture Overlay for someone in need of some pampering.
Lights Workers Solutions Agency
Offered 2 ultra decadent bath scrubs and 2 bath salts for two people.
Gifted a Gelish/Orly gel toe overlay.
A delicious birthday cake to a boy or girl whose birthday is in July.
Sunel Haasbroek (Cinematographer & Photographer)
Offered a basket of fresh basil, chillies, rosemary, rocket and spinach to a single mother.
Giggly Jumpers Soft Play
Generously offered a Toddlers Inflatable Ball Pond with floating balls and Toddlers Mini Roller Coaster to a mom who would love to spoil her little one.
Offered 10 filled party packs to a boy/girl planning a birthday party.
Tour Operator African Twist
Offered a travel voucher to the value of R250.
Dolls By Bee
Gave away a soft sculptured baby doll.
Gave away some gorgeous soft hand dyed cotton for knitting or crocheting.
The Web Assistant
Gifted someone with one free hour consultation/training to a local business in the Valley.
My Magic Window – Bianca Kaiser
Offered a make-up session for a special occasion/matric ball.
Spoiled a some little ones with R150 worth of Acorn Kids products.
Prem Nidhi – Conscious Rhythms Events
Offered free attendance to 2 deep healing therapeutic drumming connection sessions.
Free venue for a child’s birthday party!
Brian Ross Optometrist
Kindly offered 5 comprehensive eye test to 5 individuals.
Gave away 2 Ministry of Sound Tickets to Shimmy Beach Club.
Offered R200 off to one lucky winner off any order during the month of June.
The Red Basket
Yummy Free Sugar, Free Hot Chocolate with a pack of sugar free chocolate fingers.
Sleepy Hollow Clinic
Offered a mother a one hour free Midwife Consultation to support breastfeeding issues, either at home or at the clinic.
Sweet Water Farm
Gifted a box of organically grown vegetables containing spinach, kale, stirfry mix and turnips.
Andrea Sanderson Mobile Massage Therapist
Offered a full body massage in the comfort of your own home. The options were, Aromatherpay or Deep Tissue massage. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diggers & Dandelions
Gave away some pamper items and a cloud rug to a mom.
Offered a free Glamour Portrait photoshoot with H&M session in their studio for a grandmother and her daughter.
Pretty Little Party Things
Offered design time (invitation design) to two moms planning a special event or birthday party.
Charme Kriel Photography
Offered a free family photoshoot on location in the Southern Peninsula.
Gail’s Handmade Hats
Offered a handmade hat.
Promenade Vintage Swimwear
Offered a Floral Orange & Black vintage swimsuit to a lucky lady.
Taylormade SA Consulting & Management Services
Offered a mom the opportunity to assist with setting up a Facebook Page and how to manage social media accounts.
The Biltong Lady
Spoiled a dad with 1kg bilton, 500g doëwors and 500g snapstix!
Spoiled a mom with 3x2L lightly spiced pumpkin soup with some nice low carb treats.
Offered a mom and her friend an experience – Stand Up Paddling!
Makes cat scratching posts, and she offered one free to a kitty.
Offered a free spot for a child to attend Action Adventure Holiday Camp during the school holidays. Email email@example.com.
Nicole Downs thank you for creating this great online space where we all connect and share in the Valley on South Peninsula Moms!
Edit note 4 June 2016:
The pay it forwards continues in the Valley. Please feel free to add your pay it forward and website/facebook page address in the comments. Do note that these #payitforward comments will be verified in the SPM Group. Thank you all for spreading the joy of kindness!! xoxo