Pay it Forward, which started locally as a good deed Facebook page, continues to evolve as a wide-ranging community effort with creative projects that comfort and bring smiles to area residents.

Carol Chapman, who coordinates many of the group activities, talked about a recent project where Jessica Sharkey showed how to repurpose items.

“The group made cell phone, business card and utensil holders from old cassette tapes and cases which will be used in baskets to share with people in the neighborhood,” said Chapman.

With Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July just around the corner they made and delivered, with the help of home school students, flag-themed door hangers to military families.

“We thought they would enjoy a patriotic look,” said Chapman.

And then there’s Reagan Cheam, of Lulu’s Bakery, who every day donates a food box to be given to a family, with families or individuals never knowing when the box might appear at their door or place of business. Recently, “Mr. Bill,” who works at Brookshire’s and has been out of work with surgery and rehab, received the food box with his picture featured on the Pay it Forward Facebook page. Toni Suitte, founder of the Pay it Forward group said, “We’re so thankful for Lulu’s teaming up with us to make a difference in our little town.”

Food boxes have been delivered in Anna, Melissa and Van Alstyne.