Give Back Films shows us an example on how to start a chain reaction of paying it forward.
Right before Tom Frankenburg and his girlfriend split up, he'd purchased a week-long vacay for two in Malta, complete with airfare, four-star accommodations, and car rental.
Heartbroken and without a back-up plan, the 22-year-old turned to the Internets, asking people who think they deserve the trip to email him. "I had this holiday that I couldn't go on. I couldn't sell it. I couldn't get a refund. I was pretty stuck," he explains.
Frankenburg will give the trip in its entirety to the most deserving recipient:
The majority of responses are not people nominating themselves, it's actually people nominating other people which is really nice actually, that people are doing that.
He hopes his story will inspire people to do other good deeds. "I'm spreading this message of taking control of your life," he says. "If things go badly it's not the end of the world."
Why? "Because not everyone has that family member or friend to go to during the holiday season."
So Shines A Good Deed of the Day: Ian’s, a popular pizza joint on State Street in Madison, has been inundated with calls from folks around the world looking to order pizza for the protesters camped out near the State Capitol.
On Saturday alone, Ian’s gave away 1,057 free slices in their store and delivered more than 300 pizzas to the Capitol itself.