Milford Family “Pays It Forward”


by Terry Rogers

 In December, the Delaware Electric Cooperative, as they do most years, returned capital credits to members who belonged to the coop during certain years. Any customers who were no longer members were mailed checks to their last known address. Laurie Coventry explained that her daughter, Megan Moser, received a check made out to the previous owner.

“They bought the house about three years ago and my daughter spent some time online, searching Facebook to find them so she could get the check to them,” Coventry said. “A few weeks after she sent the check, she received a card in the mail along with a $50 check from the previous owner, thanking her for sending the Co-op check and telling her to use the money to buy something for her children.”

According to Coventry, Moser and her husband felt that her children already had enough so she decided to use the money to “pay it forward.” Moser had read about Code Purple and remembered that the group often packaged scarves, gloves and hats to place in parks where the homeless gathered. She took the $50 and purchased the items, getting her two daughters, Sadie and Hadley, to help her package them. All the packages all had tags that read “I am not lost! If you are cold, please take me to keep warm. #PayItForward.” The three of them took the packages to Bicentennial Park and placed them where they could benefit those who needed them.

“I work for the Division of Family Services so I am right across from the park every day,” Coventry said. “I see these guys and I know they are cold. Megan knew that this would help others and, since they really didn’t need the $50, she felt doing something good for someone else was the best way to use it.”

Moser, who didn’t want to be interviewed, told her mother that she wanted no recognition for what she did. She simply felt it was the right thing to do to help someone less fortunate and a way to teach her daughters that giving to others was important.

“I asked her why she decided to do it and she told me it was the way we brought her up,” Coventry said. “She said we had instilled in her that it was important to help those who weren’t as blessed. I was so very proud of her and the girls for what they did. I know that we did something right if this is the way she thinks.”