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Paying It Forward Takes on a Whole New Meaning

Panera Celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week With New “Panera It Forward” Campaign

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Week, Breads of the World, the local franchisee for Panera Bread in central and southwestern Ohio, will encourage customers to pay it forward with their new campaign, “Panera It Forward.”  From February 15-21, in all Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio area bakery-cafes, Panera Bread will be giving coupon offers for free menu items in hopes of spreading goodwill throughout the community and encouraging others to use their coupons to “Panera It Forward” to friends, family, co-workers, or even strangers.

Throughout the week, more than one hundred Secret Good Will Ambassadors will hand out “Panera It Forward” coupons with offers ranging from a free Asiago Bagel Breakfast Sandwich to a cup of coffee. With each order, customers will be handed a flyer with suggestions of various random acts of kindness to help them “Panera It Forward” in their communities.  Attached to each flyer will be two offers, one for you and one for a friend, as a way to encourage consumers to pay it forward and spread the feeling of community during Random Acts of Kindness Week.

“We’re looking forward to spreading random acts of kindness into the surrounding community,” said Jeff Rains, President, Breads of the World. “We hope that ‘Panera It Forward’ will encourage others to help those in their communities, regardless of how small the act is.  In the long run, it has the potential to have a big impact on someone’s day and even their life.”

For more information on “Panera it Forward,” visit where you can view our “Panera It Forward” blog and share your personal story or random act of kindness.  You can also find out more ways to spread random acts of kindness in your community as well as your local central and southwestern Ohio bakery-cafe locations by going to

Breads of the World, LLC, Panera Bread’s local franchise, operates 48 bakery-cafes in the Columbus, Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton–metro areas. With its identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh- baked, artisan bread, Panera Bread is committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. At the close of each day, Panera Bread bakery-cafes donate bread and baked goods to community organizations serving those in need. For more information on the franchise, including bakery-cafe locations, visit

SOURCE Panera Bread



Act 72

Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

After coming out of a meeting; one of the attendees at the meeting had parked extremely far away from our location. cat-w-umbrellaThat is not usually such a bad thing, a little walking is great exercise to enjoy outside, but today is was pouring down the rain. I mean hard – like they say,”raining like cats and dogs.”

I was parked very close to our meeting and offered to give him a ride to his vehicle so he wouldn’t be drenched again. He had come into the meeting all wet from where he walked from his car earlier. He politely refused the offer and said he would just rough it, and that it wasn’t that bad. I told him he was crazy and insisted that he ride with me. He finally agreed to get a lift to his car.rain

I went and and got my car, about 20 feet away, and returned to pick him up and take him the 4 blocks to his car. There was no way I would have let him walk to his car. He would have been absolutely drenched and miserable all day. It only took a few extra minutes of my time, and the kindness showed will last a long time. Besides, I would hope that anyone else would do the same for me.

Act 70

Monday, March 23, 2009.

The day was winding down at work and I was rushing off to a meeting in Charleston. It was a scheduled meeting that I was looking forward to in learning about a new product and service that I could use. The meeting was casual and in a downtown coffee shop. So the first thing I did when I arrived was to buy the person I was meeting and I a fresh cup of hot joe (I actually had chai tea).coffee-cup

That kind jesture lightened the mood for the following meeting. We sat and talked and joked and really made some great progress. I learned a lot about the service being offered and I helped him get connected to an even broader potential customer base.