You can get a free coffee (or tea) in Lindsay and Peterborough when Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group’s “Common Kindness Day” event returns on Wednesday, January 10th — and the chance to make someone else’s day brighter.
Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault (148 Kent St W. Lindsay) and Kyoto Coffee (2621 Lakefield Rd., Peterborough) will be offering 100 free coffees or teas to the first patrons through their doors.
The complimentary beverage comes with just one simple request: to pay the kindness forward by buying someone else a coffee or tea, creating a ripple effect.
The Commonwell will be pre-paying for a total of 1,000 coffees in nine communities across Ontario: Lindsay, Peterborough, Perth, Barrie, Belleville, Alexandria, Midland, Whitby, Ottawa, and Stittsville.
The insurance company first launched Common Kindness Day — and the ‘pay it forward’ coffee event — in January 2017 as a way to bolster community spirit.
After the first event, The Commonwell president and CEO Tim Schauf said the response was overwhelming and “far exceeded our wildest expectations.”
“The ‘pay it forward’ donations from generous locals kept the free coffee pouring for several days, so much so that Common Kindness Day became a week-long celebration,” Schauf said.
Last year, 90 customers of Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault in Lindsay received a free coffee and paid for 82 coffees for other customers. In Peterborough, 30 customers received a free coffee and paid for 12 coffees for other customers.
The most generous community was Belleville, where 106 customers received a free coffee and paid for 101 coffees for other customers.