Man celebrates birthday by paying it forward

Rob Ellis poses for pictures with members of the Vernon RCMP after dropping off donuts to celebrate his 47th birthday with 47 random acts of kindness.
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VERNON - The RCMP were surprised this morning when a man approached the detachment desk carrying boxes of donuts.

Rob Ellis of Armstrong turns 47 today and woke planning to celebrate his birthday by executing 47 random acts of kindness. Number three on his list was to visit the Vernon RCMP detachment where he dropped off the donuts for the staff.

"I just want to thank you for what you do for the community," he told police.

He took a moment to have his picture taken with a few officers. Several staff members spoke with Ellis who told them, "just pay it forward today, even to a bad guy today."

Communications officer Gord Molendyk says he chatted with Ellis who made it clear he didn't want anything for his birthday, but just likes to give. Molendyk found out during the conversation that Ellis gives and volunteers often, not just in the North Okanagan but other areas of the province as well.

Molendyk said Ellis left the detachment after his brief visit to complete his list of 47 acts of kindness, and the hospital was next on his list.

"Happy birthday Rob," Molendyk said. "Thank you for putting us on your list. I hope you are able to complete your dream for today. I am sure the gift you receive in return will be well worth it."


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