Corner Perk has been doling out inspiration along with the coffee thanks to the generosity of some do-gooders for two years and the trend is catching on. Thanks to one customer, just an average person who started the ball rolling with a $100 bill, others are following suit.
“It’s someone that just has a kind heart and wants that to generate in this area,” Josh Cooke, owner of Corner Perk explains. “People will come in and say, ‘What do you mean? I don’t understand. Are you trying to buy me a coffee today?’ “And I say, “No, somebody came in 30 minutes ago and left money to pay for drinks until it runs out.”
At a time when many are eking out a living, the pay-it-forward gesture can really put a bright spot in their day. Others have joined in since that first anonymous female donor made the first contribution two years ago. Customers who have heard about the kindnesses at the shop want to participate and will leave extra money for the next customer’s bill. Even strangers have been known to come in and leave a donation without buying anything themselves.
What do the customers think?
“It made my day, it really did. It made my day,” customer Michael Aldea said.
“When I went to go pay, they said ‘Oh, it’s paid for. Somebody paid it forward,’ “customer Sheri Buda said.
“It’s very inspiring to just see someone living out what so many of us talk about, and doing things for other people,” customer Jenny Dolin agreed.
The donors never leave a name, just the cash and a much needed jolt of inspiration in a community, like so many others, trying to get by. Paying it forward is becoming contagious here and compassion, not coffee, is perking people up at Corner Perk.