Siblings decide to ‘pay it forward’ for birthday celebration

MENANDS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Nearly 900 sandwiches were delivered to a local mission after a brother and sister decided to forego presents and feed the homeless for their birthday.

A child’s birthday present usually involves toys wrapped in paper. But at one local party, two children got a lot of bread and lunchmeat, and that was just fine with them.

Meet Nate and Quinn Mitchell. The brother and sister are celebrating big birthdays this year.

Quinn turned 10 on October 3, and Nate will turn 13 on December 18. But this year, they had a combined birthday party.

For their birthday, Nate and Quinn asked their friends to go into their refrigerators and find a loaf of bread and two pounds of bologna. Because this year, instead of unwrapping presents, they wanted to feed the homeless.

“They’re like, ‘No presents? What do you mean?!’” Quinn said. “Well, I’m like, ‘Well, I just wanted to help out.’”

The siblings were inspired by their neighbor Carol Demetko. They wanted to “pay it forward.”

“I saw that I had a lot of stuff at home, and I have a good family, so I decided I wanted to make sandwiches and give them to the homeless shelter,” Quinn said.

“I just thought it was the right thing to do, and we have so much and they have so little, I thought we should give back,” Nate said.

So the “Pay it Forward” bash kicked-off. They had games and contests and more than 100 people making bologna sandwiches.

“We had the cherry pie eating contest, the pudding eating contest, kids were yelling out for more mustard,” their dad Jim Mitchell said. “Everyone was into it, and it was fantastic.”

Nearly 900 sandwiches were delivered to the Capital City Rescue Mission following their efforts.

“I felt really excited because I just looked all around the park, and my eyes just lit up because I’m like, ‘Woah, they’re not going to be hungry for a while,’” Quinn said.

Now the Mitchells hope others will keep the chain of giving alive.

“It brings chills,” their mom Melissa Mitchell said. “It’s just amazing of what this can actually do.”

The organization which inspired Nate and Quinn is called Pay it Forward…Together. Click, here, to learn more.

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