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Pay It Forward Program Inspires Random Acts of Kindness

Two Bell Bank employees decided to do something a little different with their Pay It Forward donations this year. Instead of choosing just one cause, they spread a little kindness randomly throughout Fargo-Moorhead.

“It was fun just to make people’s day a better day.” – Lorae Hecker, document imaging specialist

Bell Employees

Lorae Hecker, document imaging specialist

Kristi Schulz, document imaging quality analyst



People throughout Fargo-Moorhead

The Need

Lorae Hecker and Kristi Schulz have been Bell Bank employees since before the Pay It Forward program kicked off 10 years ago. So when they were thinking about how to spend their funds this year, they decided to do something a little different.

The women, who are also friends outside of work, combined their funds and purchased 40 $50 gift cards to hand out randomly throughout Fargo-Moorhead on February 17 for Random Acts of Kindness Day.

“I’ve done the big donations where we do all the planning ahead of time,” Kristi notes. “This spontaneous donation – where we just picked someone out of the blue – was really fun.”

The Impact

One of the recipients was so impressed, he and his wife decided to pay the act of kindness forward by giving the gift card and $50 of his own funds to the hardworking waitress who served them at lunch that day.

“This is a generous and wonderful thing your bank did in a time when things can seem so hard and even scary,” the recipient wrote to Bell Bank. “Thanks again! Just keep doing these lovely things for your communities!”

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