Little things grow bigger
DESPITE what many customers thought, there was no catch to the free drinks at Gloria Jean's yesterday.
The drinks were simply handed out willy nilly to inspire people to extend the generosity, and carry out small acts of kindness to others.
Organised by HarbourChurch and both Gloria Jean's Coffs Harbour outlets, the day was all about ensuring that from little things big things grow.
"It has an outward focus," HarbourChurch pastor Phil Campbell said.
"It releases more than the value of a cup of coffee.
"Most people like being generous, and a small cup of coffee can encourage people to keep kind gestures going."
Owner of Gloria Jean's in Coffs CBD and South Coffs Graeme McCormack said Spark of Generosity was all about bringing kindness to the community.
"By giving away free drinks, we're trying to ignite thoughts of generosity," he said.
"In this day and age with so much doom and gloom, we're trying to inspire people to do something nice for others.
"If as a result, we can help one or two people, that's great."
Mr McCormack said that while the response had been incredible, customers were a little dubious at first.
"Some people think there is a catch. They asked what they had to do to get the free coffee," he said.
"But I tell customers there is none, we're not trying to change the world, just encourage people to do something small for someone else, like mow their lawn, walk their dogs, wash their cars, anything.
"We can't change things overnight, but if we can change people's thought process, albeit for a day, then it's great."
And although Spark of Generosity only happened in the Coffs Harbour Gloria Jean's outlets yesterday, Mr McCormack says it might well go national.
"Head office have said it's a fantastic concept," Mr McCormack said.
"They've asked me to report back and my feeling is that they might want to roll it out nationally.
"I want to push this through and for the company to embrace it."
So whether you were one of those who got a free drink yesterday or not, why not extend the generosity and help out your neighbours, friends, family, or strangers?