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Letter: Dog-saving surgery inspires effort to pay it forward

Published: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter in the spirit of Christmas giving. I would like to put out a challenge to all of the people in our local area. I challenge you to give a little, to pay it forward.

How could you do this? Maybe pay for the parking meters around your parking spot. Pay for the person behind you at Starbucks. Give some food to a food pantry. Invite a lonely widow or over for coffee. It is not always about money. Paying it forward is an act of kindness.

Why am I challenging you? Recently my vet saved my dog’s life by doing a great act of kindness. My dog, Daisy, desperately needed a splenectomy. If her spleen had not been removed, it would have burst and killed her.

The cost of the surgery Daisy needed was high, and it looked like my parents might have to decide to put her down. My vet, in the spirit of Christmas, did a pay It forward. She said that instead of my parents paying the whole cost, they would have to pay only a smaller portion for the cost of the medication involved and, in return, promise to do a pay It forward. My parents and I agreed with great gratitude and joy.

So, in the spirit of Christmas, give a little. It’s never too late, or too little, to do an act of kindness for someone else. Paying it forward gives faith, hope and love to our fellow man. Merry Christmas.

Nadia Brown

Eighth-grader, Sycamore Middle School

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