Friday, July 8, 2011

Random Acts of Pizza — Changing the World One Pie at a Time

In these tough economic times, you may want to lend a helping hand to someone worse off than yourself. But if you are also struggling, donations that make a difference might seem unattainable. Enter Random Acts of Pizza.

Visit the website, created by Dan Rogers, and send a culinary delight as a way to boost the spirit of someone in need. A lot of the people who post have been laid off or live check to check and are out of cash until the next payday. Some are college kids struggling to eat and others are elderly with low fixed incomes.

One mother has escaped domestic violence with her 11-year-old son, but can't afford to feed him again until the food stamps arrive next week. Another unemployed woman couldn't afford to take her husband out to dinner for his birthday and would like to surprise him with a pizza.

Dan Rogers told ABC News that he thought of the idea when he was out of work last year and feeling disconnected. The Reddit site helps bring people together one pie at a time.

And it's quite simple, really. People in need from all over the world tell their stories. Those looking to help choose someone they connect to and buy them a pie. The RAOP site includes a list of restaurants where you can place an order or buy a gift card like Domino's, Papa John's, Pizza Hut and local non-chain joints. They even link to sites with coupons so you can get the best possible deal for your generosity.

Pizza recipient and unemployed Texas resident William Chilton told ABC news, "The smallest things make the biggest difference." So donate a pie today. It may not change the world, but these days lifting someone's spirit with 12 slices means a lot.

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