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Drive-Thru Difference

YOU are the Drive-Thru Difference.

If you've ever wanted to make a difference in someone's day, this is the way to do it. It's simple too.

By actually being the Drive Thru Difference, you can easily brighten someones day, week, or who knows... you might even change their outlook on life.

Together we can impact our community in such a powerful way.

The concept is simple.

Print this note, then drive to the fast food or coffee place you like to visit... place your order... then, when you get to the drive thru window, kindly tell the cashier/window worker that you'd like to bless the person in the car behind you. At that point you pay for both orders and hand the worker the note you printed from this site.

In the end... you do something sweet for someone else, the window worker is blessed by seeing your spirit behind paying, and the person you paid for may also pay it forward the next time around. It's all about creating community and pointing others towards Jesus Christ in even the simplest of ways.

If you are ready to BE the Drive Thru Difference then print this form and see you at the drive thru soon!

We would love to hear your stories! You can call The Q 99.7 at 413-285-2997 or send us your story through the form below:

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Drive Thru Difference Stories

Here are a few of the stories that we have received:

Ashley - Enfield, CT

Thursday night I had given a homeless man $2, it is all I had in my wallet. Always having lived in cities, I usually pass by. That night at the red light, I gave this man this money, for the first time in about 5 years. It was dark, and I was thinking of my life- my mistakes, my successes and failures, and had a deep moment of reflection as I drove home. I hadn't given myself time to think about anything than work for a while. Friday morning, I woke up to the rain and the wind blowing that we all experienced. My hair was a mess, I had left paperwork at home and was running late for work. I called, let the office know I was going to be late, and decided I'd pull into Dunkin' Donuts to get a coffee on this cold, rainy day, which I rarely have time to do. I thought about the homeless man, and that things weren't that bad... my hair was just wet. I began to feel silly for being stressed. I was told the lady in front of me had paid for my coffee. I looked up and didn't recognize the person as she drove away. I looked at the cashier with a big '?' on my face. She said, 'There have been a lot of random acts of kindness today.' With tax, my coffee is $2 even. I knew this, I know this from having ordered before. I pulled away and saw a print out note on my coffee. My mind raced. The ride to work remains a blur. $2 to a homeless man. $2 coffee.... it was as if God said, 'Ashley, I'm going to make this really easy for you... I am here. You can't deny me anymore.' I grew up in the Church and have been far from it, I have not felt God really cared about me due to the events in my life. It never added up to believing in God. But today, on the day the world was supposed to end, I felt like mine re-began. Thank you, Car Ahead of Me. You gave me much more than a cup of coffee.

Marisol - Springfield, MA

What a wonderful Morning, Thank You Jesus and Q99.7 for all you do... I want to start by saying I did the drive through defference today for someone at the DD drive through. what a rush, it was so exciting. someone did that for me, on a day that I was feeling so sad, that person made my day and it brought tears of joy to my eyes. So I wanted to bless someone else.

Carol - Springfield, MA

Went to my customary DD drive thru on Monday May 20th and was pleasantly surprised to see that the woman ahead of me paid for my coffee. When the window attendant handed me the little slip of paper , I was dumbfounded. No complete stranger had ever done this for me before. I have done this in the past for someone who let me go ahead of them in the drive thru line on a busy morning. But never out of the blue had someone done this! This small gesture has renewed my faith. I only wish I had the chance to thank this lady in person!

Nydia - Springfield, MA

God Bless, my story isn't so much that went threw a drive thru but as I was driven down liberty street there was a police officer directing cars around a light company truck and i said hi you must be very hot he said nice yes miss so I drove down the street bought him 2 gatorades went back and handed it to him and he was very thankful...Just wanted to share this mostly because I haven't made threw any drive thru today?

Tina - Feeding Hills, MA

I just wanted to say thank you to the lady in front of me this moring at the Dunkin Donuts in West Springfield. I am at that drive thru almost every day and when I came through this morning, the cashier had told me that the women in front of me paid for my order, I was totally shocked and I never heard of the 'drive thru difference' until this morning. So I have no idea who you are, but I just wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU! I sure wish there were more people like you in the world today! Have a great day!

Lesley - Springfield, MA

A couple of years ago I was in a really hard time in my life. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and being in the medical field I knew where it could lead me. Depression hit me hard, I've always been so independent. One day I was in line at a springfield Dunkin Donuts drivethru and car ahead of me I guess was tired of waiting and drove off. When I went to pay for my order I was given a yellow note stating the car ahead of me paid for my food because they heard of this being done through 'drive thru differences'. At the end of the note was the best part it said "Jesus love's you!". I needed that reminder so bad and it couldn't have come at a better time. I'm so thankful for that reminder and it helped me get through this hard time. I still till this day keep it in my purse. I wish I knew who she was to personally thank her for the strength and verification of how Jesus works in mysterious ways and is always with us even though we sometimes forget. Thank you angel of the white SUV in front of me. :-)

Lydia - Holyoke, MA

I wake up every morning and give thanks for all GOD has given me and I tell myself every day, 'today is going to be a good day'. I believe in paying it forward and have practiced that myself many years, and all I ever asked in return is that you pay it forward. Well, today was an example of that, but in the other shoe... Thanks and appreciation goes out to the gentleman at the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru on Main St. Holyoke who paid for my order this morning !!! An added bonus to this beautiful day.

Heather - Amherst, MA

I went to DD this morning to get a coffee, and when I went to pay the clerk told me today is your lucky day the lady in front of you paid! I will pay it forward upon my next visit, watch out because if you are behind a mini van at DD, it just might be your lucky day!!!

Nancy - Granby, CT

Decided to use the last of my money today trying to make someone smile. I went through the drive through at Dunkin in Granby gave the cashier my money and DTD note. The girl took my money and said 'just so you know this has failed every time today'. I was shocked and said 'what do you mean? How can it fail?' She said 'pay it forward hadn't worked' everyone else who had their order paid for didn't pay for the car behind. This gave me a chance to witness!!! I said 'this is different. There is no obligation for my friend in the car behind me! This is ME... Doing something nice for them. No strings... No expectations. God can use this gesture of kindness in so many ways. I had the chance to show how God's love works.

J - East Windsor, CT

I was at Taco Bell drive thru today at East Windsor, CT. When I approached the drive thru window to paid for my order, the cashier told me a woman front of me just paid my order and left a note from Q99.7. Wow, this kind of things doesn't happen in today's society. I wanted to thanked the lady for her kindness. It's nice to see in today's crazy society, there are still nice people who want to do the right and kindness thing.

Hope for Today
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8