Mark Ruffalo's Sweet Gesture Encourages Others To Pay-It-Forward

Mark Ruffalo may have just started a new trend, and this is one that will bring joy to your heart.

The Avengers star went to social media on Wednesday to announce that he is giving back this holiday season with a free drink from Starbucks, and encouraging others to do the same.

Paying-It-Foward - if you're not familiar with that term, it refers to responding to a person's kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else.

Ruffalo posted a gift card for Starbucks on Instagram and Twitter so that his followers could enjoy a free drink, add more money to the card or start their own gift card. Amazing!

I was so inspired by your generous spirit during the #PayItForwardChallenge last year that I want to do it again this holiday season!,” he added.


People can then show the bar code from Ruffalo’s tweet at the cash register at Starbucks to redeem free coffee (depending on how much is left), and are encouraged to add more money to it to keep it going.

Who knew The Incredible Hulk was so generous? (totally kidding)! Ruffalo's generosity inspired hundreds of others to join in on the challenge. Many of his followers responded to the actor’s post with links to the gift cards they created, or the amount they added to Ruffalo’s card.

Even Zendaya joined in on the holiday spirit. She tweeted back to Ruffalo with, “This is awesome, done and done.”

What a great way to start off the Holidays. A huge thanks and shout-out to Mark Ruffalo for spreading kindness and joy... oh and for the free coffee. 

Photos: Getty Images

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