One Bel Air area coffee shop is putting a creative spin on giving this holiday season by getting its customers to "pay it forward" to each other.
Coffee Coffee, at the Festival at Bel Air shopping center, set up a "Giving Tree" where customers can buy a drink, muffin or just pay for the next person down the line.
The "brew it forward" purchases are then written on coffee sleeves that can be redeemed by someone who fits the description, such as, "one large coffee for someone who has lost a loved one and is feeling sad" or "a bagel for a mom-to-be."
The 22-year-old shop, which also offers plenty of gift items and regional specialties, put up the tree on "Giving Tuesday," a global day of giving designated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
"We always do something where we give back to the community for holidays," manager Hillary Depman Tayson, whose family owns the shop, said Wednesday.