People gather in East Lansing to "Pass it Forward"

Non profit promotes 'Paying It Forward'
Non profit promotes 'Paying It Forward'
Posted at 9:26 AM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 09:26:05-04

For the 9th year in a row, people gathered at Michigan State University Federal Credit Union for the annual Pass it Forward Event.

"Its really about bringing a smile to someone's face and trying to change someone's day," CEO of Child and Family Charities Julie Thomasma said.

Everyone was encouraged to do random acts of kindness, just because. Young people from the community were also honored for their work.

"That's what this community is all about. Mid-Michigan is a great place to live. Lansing is a great place to live. We proved it today that we have youth here that are doing something amazing to change the world," ePIFanyNow founder Bob Hoffman said.

Some fed the hungry, some gave clothes to those in need. All, founder Bob Hoffman says are an inspiration. In addition, the very first HERO Award was handed out posthumously to Chris Rosati for his generosity. Rosati found a way to spread happiness even after being diagnosed with ALS.

"Chris made a difference in the world. Even when he was given the news of a devastating disease that was going to take his life, he said 'I want to make a difference, I want to do something that will make this world a better place,'" Hoffman said.

To Hoffman, he was embodied exactly what ePIFany was about. Chris' wife, Anna was there to accept the award on his behalf.

"I wish he was here today to see it. We're really proud of him. My girls and I, I have two young daughters, we're happy to kind of carry on his legacy and receive the award," she said.

For everyone in attendance, the event wasn't about the recognition, but the message.

"The world is difficult, there are lots of challenges. Just making someone happy with a simple act of kindness...its so easy," Rosati said.

"Its really about the small things that make a difference," Thomasma said.