Anonymous Donor Gives Free Coffee to People in El Paso
After experiencing an act of kindness in his hometown when he needed it most, he wanted to pay it forward.
How would you feel if you walked into a coffee shop and the barista said that your cup of joe is on the house? We're guessing it would probably feel pretty good. It might even inspire you to pay it forward and do the same for someone else.
That's the idea behind the recent kind act of an anonymous donor from Pittsburgh, PA who refers to himself as the "Coffee Lover from Pittsburgh."
The mystery person collected money from over 30 donors so that he could buy a full day's worth of coffee for customers at the Coffee Box in Sun City, a neighborhood in downtown El Paso, TX.
The donor asked those who got a free cup of coffee to share a photo with him.
In a letter addressed to El Pasoans, "Coffee Lover" wrote:
In the wake of the terrible mass shooting that took place [in my neighborhood] on October 27, someone from outside of the city paid our community what might seem like a small act of kindness, but it was one that had a tremendous impact: Contacting a local coffee shop and paying for coffee for the day.
El Paso suffered a similar tragedy in August when a mass shooting at a local Walmart took the lives of 22 people.
"I think it's really nice," a customer at the Coffee Box told KTSM-TV .
"In a world where we're always hearing about bad things happening, I think acts of kindness like this one really brings some light into the darkness."
According to the letter, Coffee Lover made a similar donation to a cafe in Dayton, OH, where another mass shooting occurred in August.
Along with getting a free cup of coffee, the donor hopes that people will feel a sense of connection with each other, and that it makes them smile.
The letter continues:
While it is tragic that we are connected because of tragedy, I am hoping this small act connects us in a different way and provides a small respite from the grieving still going on in all of our cities.
Are you inspired by this person's act of kindness? Maybe you can't afford to buy coffee for a whole shop, but starting small is better than not doing anything at all. Who knows? The results could be amazing.
Let's work together and #StartSomethingGood.
(Images c/o A coffee lover from Pittsburgh)