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Pay It Forward

The Westport Library cafe”s “Pay It Forward” plan is simple: Give your change — from cash, or a credit or debit card purchase — to someone else.

It’s a simple way to make someone’s day. You can put the money in your kid’s account, or buy coffee for the next person in line.

The whole idea, of course, is for the recipient to be so surprised and grateful, he or she does the same thing for someone else.

And on and on.

It’s a simple idea. But then, so were Post-It notes and putting Reese’s Pieces into ice cream.

The "Pay It Forward" board at the Westport Library cafe.

The “Pay It Forward” board at the Westport Library cafe. Each strip of tape has the name of a recipient — and the amount paid forward — on it.