Leave $5 Where a Kid will Find It



I’ve decided to continue writing about some of the items I have crossed off my “Kind Acts & Volunteering” bucket list. A few weeks ago (and a few days after I created this list), I found six dollars on the ground in front of a store at the mall. Naturally, at first, after looking around for a minute to make sure no one had just dropped it, I was super excited to have found the money and about to pocket it. Then I remembered my bucket list: leave $5 where a kid will find it.

Technically, I guess I cheated this item on the list since the money wasn’t even mine in the first place. Even so, I figured the same excitement I felt when finding the money, would be even more exciting for a kid who found it. I walked over to the Disney Store right across from the area I found the money, which was filled with kids, and left five of the six dollars on a rack of stuffed animals, then left the store. Of course, a kid might not have found the money and maybe an employee or parent did instead. Still, it was nice to consider that I may have made someone’s day, just like someone had (even if inadvertently) made mine.

Later, when I met up with a friend, she asked me, “What’s wrong with you? Haven’t you ever heard of finder’s keepers losers weepers?” and she had a great point! But I was being a bucket list snob, feeling motivated by the list I just created and in an odd way, it felt fulfilling crossing this one off my list.

The best part was that the next day, while on a run I looked down and saw a dollar on the ground, which I took with me. Later that night, I found a quarter on the ground next to our table at Applebees. It sounds selfish, but it was as if karma was working it’s magic and I was slowly getting back some of the money I found.

So has anyone else gotten joy out of donating to a cause, giving someone a gift, or paying for a stranger? Anyone want to add this one to their bucket lists?

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73 Responses to Leave $5 Where a Kid will Find It

  1. John says:

    That’s very cool! My wife and I call this “paying it forward”. Awesome!

  2. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says:

    **Well, John took the words out of my mouth!…lol…Awesome Blog post! I just enjoy your blog & your Journey!! Blessings! *Catherine* 🙂 🙂 **

  3. Love this. Think we will try this at a playground. *smile*

  4. Ngan R. says:

    I love this idea! Even though you found the money and it didn’t come right out of your pocket, you were paying it forward and brightening someone’s day. I always leave my metered parking ticket on the pay machine if I have time left over when I leave my parking spot so someone else can have that extra time and save some money.

  5. vintagekaren says:

    Great idea!! Lately I’ve been trying to be more kind to strangers when I’m running errands instead of walking around in my “little bubble.” It’s amazing how the smallest thing, like holding open a door, can make someone smile.

  6. I am going to check out this site, thank you for sharing this. We pay it forward with an annual penny drive every year. You can read about it if you’d like : http://kerrichronicles.com/annual-penny-drive/

    • Of course 🙂 Glad I could help! And I think a penny drive is such a great idea! I remember when I was about nine my neighbor and I set up a table on our block & did a penny drive for 9/11 and it was so much fun seeing how many people contributed. I’ll definitely check out the article!

  7. I picked up $20 from the floor of a local Pizza Hut the other day. It was a nice find.

  8. When my brother and I were kids, a friend of his found $20 inside a comic book. Back in the early seventies comic were bought mostly by kids. We always wondered why it was there, but your idea here would explain it. However, I don’t think money in a comic book today would likely end up in the hands of a kid. Cool idea Christine.

  9. writerlauren says:

    Aw, that is so lovely. I live near a tube station and you can buy an all day ticket to travel around the city. When I’m done with it, I give it to someone who is about to travel, rather than putting it in the bin, or leaving it to gather dust in my purse. It’s only a small gesture, but the recipient always has a look of pleasant surprise on their face- that makes me happy. x

  10. theprospectprofessional says:

    A lot of people think that good deeds go unnoticed or unappreciated, but that is completely untrue! Whether it comes a day, or 10 years down the road, it will definitely be reimbursed. My only words of warning is to not strictly be motivated by your bucket list, but to be motivated by the kindhearted person that you are! Good luck! and great post!

    • Aww that is so nice to hear 🙂 and I completely know what you mean about not solely being motivated by the bucket list (just doing it for that alone seems like a poor reason lol) Thanks so much for your kind words!

  11. Kim says:

    Love this! I do this for people all the time- something about finding money just makes people’s day, and it’s the best use I can think of for $5. Good for you.

  12. What a fabulous idea! A few months ago, I found a $20 bill while in line for concessions at the movie theater with my daughter. Naturally I asked those in front of and behind me, but nobody claimed it, so our snacks were paid for and we gave the clerk the change as a tip.

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    Yes Christine. Unless you protest, I am adding you as a nominee for: “Best Blog Theme” or some such thing. LOL! If you visit my site, you will see your site listed, and why I chose you… Click spartacus2030, and it should take you there… However, give me an hour to finish the post. Congratulations!

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  15. A stranger gave me money once when the ATM was broken, there wasn’t another on in the hospital, I had a kid on my hip who had just had treatments for cancer, and I had no cash to get out of the parking lot. I didn’t ask. And she handed it to me for no apparent reason (other than I’m sure what must have been a desperate look I was carrying with me). I have never forgotten her face. She may not remember me, but I do little things for others for no apparent reason because of her.

    • Wow, that is so nice! I also think it’s really nice how she may not even remember her act, but you’ll always remember her doing it. My mom told me when my grandmother (her mom) passed away, she was driving through the toll booth sobbing & the toll woman said “What’s the matter baby?” & when my mom told her, she offered my mom her banana & said “Here baby.” My mom said she’ll never forget that woman’s face & I don’t think I’ll ever forget that story.

  16. buffalotompeabody says:

    I love giving. I never miss what I’ve given. I love contributing and never expect anything in return. My mother taught me that and she lived the example.
    I loved your post.

  17. Ann Kilter says:

    Nothing feels quite as good as an opportunity to delight a kid.

  18. Hey Christine… I love your kindness bucket list so much that I’ve started one of my own… I’m also going to do this as an activity for my kids (they’re 4 and 5 years old). You can never start kindness too early in life! The ripple effect that kindness has on our lives, and those of others, is simply amazing. When you consider that we’re all connected by the infinite field/source/universe/fabricoflife/god it stands to reason that what you give out will come back to you – not always in the same form, but if we’re open to the signs and clues, you can see it! 🙂 I just posted a great little video about The Butterfly Effect!

    You’ve inspired me Christine! Thank you!

  19. ewhite3 says:

    I have always wanted to offer to pay for someone’s morning coffee or something of the sort – I know that would add a smile to my
    Face. I think ill add it to my bucket list 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Olivia says:

    I’ve nominated you for the super sweet blogging award because I love your blog:) http://eyehavealotoffeelings.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/super-sweet-blogging-award/

  22. robynbird says:

    The good stuff you put out into the world comes back in ways you never imagine! Brava you!

  23. Happily, I have nominated you and your lovely blog for a Super Sweet Blog Award. You so deserve it! I’ve posted more info on it today . Congrats!

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  25. Margot says:

    I never thought of something like this for my bucket list, thanks for the awesome idea!

  26. LOL! How marvelous that you did that. And thanks for visiting my blog. Come back on Friday for a free Flash Fiction story.

  27. derekahall says:

    Got to say, I love what you are doing in ths blog.

  28. Dagny says:

    What lovely ideas. Not only leaving something exciting for a child, but this whole blog about living- and then writing- about things you’ve accomplished on your bucket list. I’m inspired…!

  29. joefish77 says:

    Great story! It reminded me of when I was a child I would put handfuls of coins into the kitchen garbage thinking that the trash man would get it.

  30. oyukyfairy says:

    I would leave notes every day for at least a month and a half for the dishwashers at my college. i would always write thank you and a compliment on a napkin and place it on my plate. if time allowed,then i would draw a picture. not sure if they ever read them… great post! I think you just inspired me to write about this on my blog 🙂

  31. I’ve always found that when I give freely the universe gifts me back in unexpected ways. Your story made me happy, thanks.

  32. This is a great idea, being able to bring a little joy into a kids life is a worth wild idea.

  33. Aww that’s so nice; you will have to let me know how that goes :)!

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