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Coyotes Take Action on 'Pay it Forward Day'

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – In the spirit of Global Pay It Forward Day on Thursday, members of the Coyotes committed random acts of kindness and made lots of new friends along the way.

Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc led the way by teaming up with Opa Life Greek Restaurant and Reebok to provide lunch and Coyotes jerseys to a group of service men and women. After lunch, the group from nearby Luke Air Force Base was given a tour of Gila River Arena.

Michael Stone pays the bill for a mother buying groceries.

Defenseman Michael Stone and his fiancee Michelle made several stops, including at a Fry's supermarket where they surprised a mother of three in a checkout line and paid for her groceries. They also presented her with a $100 gift card toward her next visit to the supermarket. The couple also brought donuts for workers at and visitors to Banner Thunderbird Health Center, and delivered flowers to patients there.

Defenseman Connor Murphy, who is in Europe to play for the United States in the IIHF World Championship, got involved in the fun by paying for gas for some Team Finland fans he encountered in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Closer to home, team mascot Howler delivered pizza to members of the Glendale Fire Department, and the Paw Patrol delivered donuts to members of the Glendale Police Department.

To complete the day, the team invited local nonprofit Gigi's Playhouse to the upcoming Taylor Swift concert at Gila River Arena. The group recently created a YouTube video hoping Taylor Swift might catch wind of their dream to go.

Global Pay It Forward Day is a social media campaign in which people are asked to do one random act of kindness during the day to pay it forward, and then share the experience online with the hope of spreading the concept/encouraging others to participate.

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