45 Ways To Pay It Forward

45 Ways To Pay It Forward

It's one way to be selfless to another and to offer them good will.

Paying it forward is an everyday thing in almost everyone's life. Its one way to be selfless to another and to offer them good will. Though you can't do everything, you can do something. We all have the ability to make a difference in the world, however slight it may be. Whether it be a stranger on the street or your best friend, here are a number of ways to pay it forward and make someone smile.

1. Open the door for someone

2. Donate old clothes to Goodwill or to charity

3. Buy the person in line behind you their meal or coffee

4. Give a homeless person money or buy them a meal

5. Offer to cook dinner for someone

6. Tell your loved ones to "drive safe"

7. Cook a meal for a loved one on a special day

8. Visit the dogs in the Humane Society, it makes their day and yours a little better

9. Ask someone how their day was, check up on them

10. Thank people for doing something kind, big or small

11. Smile at people, no one likes a smug person

12. Help an elderly person do something they are unable to do

13. Give up your seat for someone on the bus or train

14. Donate blood

15. Compliment someone, tell them you like their outfit or that they look nice today

16. Tell people you are proud of them

17. Volunteer

18. Tell people when they've made a positive impact in your life

19. Babysit for someone for free

20. Help someone with their homework

21. Shovel someone's driveway

22. Visit a nursing home

23. Write a positive review online for a restaurant

24. Donate food to a food drive

25. Bring in breakfast to your place of work for all of your co-workers

26. "Adopt a Family" for Christmas

27. Give someone in line extra change if they're short on money

28. Offer to take a picture for a family who is struggling to get a group photo

29. Pay the toll fare for the person behind you

30. Add change to an expired meter

31. Donate old books to the library

32. Buy a drink from a kid's lemonade stand, it'll make them so happy, trust me

33. Help someone in need

34. Participate in community service

35. Help at a food shelf/food drive

36. Donate cat or dog food to the animal shelter

37. Buy a bag of groceries for the hungry

38. Sponsor an animal at the zoo

39. Give money to a charity

40. Mow someone's lawn

41. Sit with someone who is sitting alone

42. Clean up litter from a park

43. Give blankets to the homeless

44. Give out any extra tickets you have for free, whether it be to a play, a fair, or a convention.

45. Take people's dogs on walks if they are unable to

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!


What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49 (one pack), $14.99 (two pack)

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

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8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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My Career As A Model Was Short-Lived But Spectacular

I'm totally on Vogue's and Victoria's Secret's speed dial. Also there's a lot of pictures in this one so brace yourselves.


When we think of models, our minds probably immediately jump to one of many modern-day multimillionaires (whew, try saying that fast three times): the Kardashians (and Jenners), the Hadids, the Crawford-Gerbers, the Beckhams, the Smiths, Ashley Graham, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas etc... These celebrities have all worked their way up in a vicious industry that is so zeroed in on minute details and mistakes that it turns to advocate for synthetics and photoshop in many (but not all- Priyanka would never) cases. But I think we're forgetting to account for the REAL models: kid models. And better yet, self-acclaimed kid models. Let me explain the difference.

On one hand, you have the children whose parents are so bored that they scour the local newspapers, which are miraculously still in print, for child pageants and local commercials. These are typically the fashionistos/fashionistas who end up being fabulous child actors. Sometimes, they last, like the infamous Sprouse twins, and sometimes, we don't hear from them after their main glory days, like Taylor Momsen (the one and only Cindy-Lou Who). Of course, they are all icons in their own ways.

On the other hand, you have your local superstar kids who simply think they take up all the attention in your hometown when they are actually far from doing so. Hi, that's me. Sorry in advance for the cringe you are going to witness.

Since I was young, I have always been super expressive emotionally- cue camera roll spam.

Wow, look at the It Factor I possess.

Sass? AND a bob? Me

This was peak angst in 7th grade Featuring neighborhood cat, Boots (AKA Fresca).Me

As I have probably covered in past articles, I now try to only express all of that emotion through writing or when I'm around people I'm close to. However, being an Athens native for about 16 years has a certain price for a super expressive Pisces.

If you're from around here, let me just pretend like you've noticed my lovely face on the tiny mural in Sandy Creek Nature Center, pictured below.

"Yup, that's me!"- Raven Baxter Me

That iconic silhouette is from the verrrrrry sophisticated photoshoot pictured below.

This baby realllllly didn't like strangers. Me

You'll notice that I am not brandishing (yes, I know that's not good verb choice) the infant in the actual mural BUT that's only because clearly, the Lyndon House Arts Center recognized my star potential and decided to just go with me as the main subject of the artistic masterpiece squished beside the fire alarm.

However, that's all past fame in my view. Around age 15, I became a go-to Christmas-elf recruit for the Lyndon House Arts Center Holiday House. A very tall Christmas elf at that. My job was to entertain the little kids with storybooks and questions about their Christmas lists while they waited to take their own pictures with the Special Guest. This gig usually came with the occasional spotlight posted on Facebook, which I embraced.

Me with the Toy Maker.Me

Recently, a very terrifying "photoshoot" that I didn't know was a real "photoshoot" has come back to haunt me. Let me draw your attention to this lovely video made by Radar Production around the time of last year's Christmas Parade in beautiful Downtown Athens.

Holiday Highlights 2017 drive.google.com

Around the thirty-second mark, you get a face full of hideous Christmas elf just beaming at the camera. That's me, unfortunately. Now, me, being a high schooler still, was very confident that my second family at Lyndon House would just be uploading this lovely video to their Facebook and maybe Online Athens or something- that's usually the highest level of stardom achievable in Dawgs nation for a lame high-school senior. However, I was very, very wrong.


This ghastly close-up I mentioned earlier has resurfaced this holiday season of 2018 and has apparently been making its way around TV Channels and stream services as an advertisement for Downtown Athens. While I am very honored to represent this lovely town...I DON'T WANT THAT PICTURE TO BE THE ONE THAT GETS PUBLICIZED. Also, I only became aware of this when multiple- MULTIPLE- classmates I went to high school with, as well as new college friends, started spamming my Snapchat with this hideous thing. I got many many questions and comments, ranging from "HOw?", "What?", "Are you serious?" and "iS THis real?" to "wow", "amazing", and "yikes."

Yikes indeed.

In this stressful finals season, I am now supposed to be eased by the knowledge that my friends who are currently binge-watching New Girl on FX get to be jump-scared by the 5-foot-9 Christmas Elf, Snickerdoodle, and her pudgy little cheeks.

As distressed and Grinch-like as I sound in this article, I guess my soul is just trying to wish everyone a happy holiday season since my actual body is too immersed in chemistry, Spanish, and human development to do it. And that I think my modeling days are over, as beautiful as they have been. Please let them be over.

Happy Holidays, readers! Thanks for bearing with the kid pics.

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