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Pay It Forward week takes on local, global concepts

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:37 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:33 a.m. CDT

Do something kind. That’s what Pay It Forward (PIF) week at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) is all about.

PIF week is April 22 through 25, and consists of activities during those four days.

“Pay It Forward week started several years ago by Dr. Kate Burrell,” said Meghan Kalvig, admissions representative for SWCC. “She kind of started it with her psychology class and it kind of blossomed.”

Last year, people came and volunteered their time to build and clean-up after the April tornado struck.

This year, PIF has a global component, as well as a local one. Meals from the Heartland will make an appearance at SWCC April 24. People can come to SWCC gym at noon and build meals assembly-line style. Approximately one team of 10 people can produce 2,000 meals in an hour.

“Every single meal and every single penny will go to feed someone,” Kalvig said.

Most meals will be sent overseas, but some will stay in southwest Iowa.

“We’ve had two considerably big donations,” said Kalvig. “One faculty member donated $400 to Meals from the Heartland, and we had an anonymous donation that we’d like to thank whoever stepped forward with $1,000. They left a little piece of paper with a snowman with a heart. That will not go unnoticed. ... We were thankful for Pizza Ranch for letting us have a tip night, which was held on April 4.”

Donations will also go toward Creston Food Pantry, as the local component. SWCC will host a dance, and people can bring monetary and food donations to posts outside Wal-Mart, Fareway and Hy-Vee.

“We also want people to keep in mind that week,” Kalvig said, “that some of the best pay it forward stories are the ones that you don’t hear about.”

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