Local women pay it forward with a morning cup of coffee

Abbotsford business women hope others will follow their lead and do something nice for a stranger

Sherry Reimer presents a free coffee to a Tim Hortons customer on Friday morning as part of a pay-it-forward campaign.

Sherry Reimer presents a free coffee to a Tim Hortons customer on Friday morning as part of a pay-it-forward campaign.

Customers in the drive-thru of Tim Hortons at Sumas Way got a pleasant surprise on Friday morning – two local businesswomen put $2 towards their morning coffee.

Natalie Stephenson and Sherry Reimer visited the coffeeshop at 8:30 and put a toonie towards each driver’s purchase. The women brought $50 and the Tim Hortons contributed the same.

The women held the event as part of a pay-it-forward Friday campaign, which they hope will catch on in the community.

“We’re trying to encourage people to do a random act of kindness,” said Stephenson.

Stephenson and Reimer also run a Facebook page called My East Abbotsford, which aims to connect people and businesses in the east end of the city.

They hope community members will do a random act of kindness and post the story on their site, or post a story when they’ve been the recipient of a kind act.

“We want to support our community,” said Stephenson.

They also plan to hold similar events every four to six weeks, but not always involving money. They hope to plan unique ways to help encourage their community to do something for others.