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12/19/2012:  Paying it Forward: Team Ahearn Style


For the Bluewater Pay It Forward Project, “Team Ahearn” consisted of myself, Theresa and Kristen.

While the options of how to “Pay it Forward” are endless, for our group’s project, we chose to stay close to home.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store located on South Lyndale in Bloomington was our destination of choice.  We gave not only our assigned Pay It Forward budget, but time and elbow grease as well.

For two hours, we helped out at the store by organizing and straightening up items in the “Bric-à-brac” aisles. Wow, there are some treasures one can find hidden within these shelves!  At the end of our shift, we donated our allotted Pay It Forward funds.  The people working at the store were very appreciative of the fact that out of the blue, we offered to help out however best we could.  This seemed to mean so much more to them than the monetary donation we made.

While we were working, there were several shoppers in the store searching through the aisles we were working in. You might say that our efforts helped make it a little easier for them to browse the items and find their own treasures.

The money that our team donated in the store would be used by the Salvation Army to help other people around the world toward their many community programs.

It was very rewarding to be a part of the Pay It Forward project.  From efforts big to small, from time to money, we’re so happy to have had this experience. Speaking for our team, I know we all are grateful for the opportunity to work for a company that supports such great projects and giving back to our local community.

P.S. Watch for more posts about our teams’ Pay It Forward projects!
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About MaKenzie Wangsness
MaKenzie Wangsness

MaKenzie is Bluewater's Digital Marketing Manager. Spending several years in sales and marketing roles at a local franchise level, MaKenzie has a unique appreciation for bringing big brand power to the local level. In her spare time, MaKenzie can be found near good food (in Minneapolis restaurants or her own kitchen!) or spending time with her awesome husband and baby daughter Jovi.

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