By Ken Molestina

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LEWISVILLE (CBS11) — The owner of a Lewisville media company is hoping her idea of a holiday gift to the company’s employees will inspire a larger, more widespread trend of giving.

Susie Carter, is the owner and president of Mixed Media Creations in Lewisville.

This holiday season she handed her 23 employees $100 each, but that gift came along with a challenge.

Each employee was to take that $100 and use it to brighten someone else’s day.

The gesture led to several random acts of kindness in a challenge they dubbed the Leave It Better Challenge.

Carter said the essence of the challenge is, “To leave every interaction and every situation better than how they found it.”

Some employees have used the money to buy snacks for local police. Others have bought strangers a cup of coffee. Some have been inspired to simply do kind gestures by opening doors for people.

Whitney Stockstill works at MMC and used her gift to buy snacks and drinks for Lewisville police officers.

She said her favorite part of the challenge is people’s responses.

“It’s definitely seeing the reactions from other people,” said Stockstill. “Seeing the smiles on their faces.”

The challenge has now created a bit of a ripple effect throughout Lewisville with each act of kindness inspiring others to do something nice.

Carter said that’s exactly what the Leave It Better Challenge set out to do.

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