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Coffee shop customers pay it forward for others

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Posted at 6:11 AM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 12:58:50-04

WYOMING, Ohio — Most of the people who buy their morning cup of coffee at Wyoming Community Coffee are looking out for their neighbors and buying them coffee, too.

The coffee shop has a pay-it-forward campaign where they sell "Kindness Cards," which cost $5 and buy a cup of coffee for someone else. Emily Stevens and Shelby Kelch, co-managers of Wyoming Community Coffee, said the campaign has shown just how generous people can be.

"Some of the ones I love giving the most are the ones to people who have lost out on something because of Covid, which is everybody," Stevens said.

Kelch said one of the people who paid for another customer's coffee was someone who just lost their job due to the pandemic. "That was one of my favorites to give out," she said.

Another time, Kelch and Stevens said, someone paid for coffee for every teacher at the nearby middle school.

"I feel like we get a lot of the credit sometimes," Stevens said. "But it really is the community doing the work."

So whether you're a new voter, a new high school graduate or the parent of a newborn, you can make someone's day by paying for their cup of coffee.