A group of locals in Antigonish, Nova Scotia fanned out around town yesterday and hid close to $1,000 in 170 pink envelopes. Each envelop came with a note encouraging people "to pay it forward with an 'awesome' gesture and consider sharing it on social media."
"It was amazing to see people's reactions, the smiles, the excitement, and the shock of just finding money in a pink envelope that says 'open me'," James Smeaton, who helps run the local Awesome chapter, told BuzzFeed Canada.
This young man found an envelope and used it to by lunch for a fellow member of the community.
A woman found a $20 envelop and donated the money to KidSport, a charity that helps underprivileged kids participate in organized sports.
Smeaton also received an email from a woman who found a $30 envelope. "I've decided to pass on the money to the family of Scott Cameron, an Antigonish high school student who died tragically last week, to help defray the cost of funeral expenses."
One of the most popular things to do with the money was to buy coffee for a stranger. This woman used the $5 envelope found near her gym to do just that.
"Each person was welcome to keep the money, but despite that dozens and dozens of people choose to pay it forward and essentially create a wave of good will across the community," Smeaton said.