Pink & Blue Pay it Forward Campaign

by Nicole Bloomberg, MBA
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The P&B Pay it Forward Campaign created with the intent to use our large comminity to perpetuate acts of good will and random acts of kindness.
Kindness is always something that can be given without having to cost us anything. It is free to give and free to receive and it is one of the most important attributes one can possess.
We would like to pay it forward!!

Pay it forward: It is about caring, sharing, compassions, generosity, sacrifice, about love.
You get what you give= Good & Happiness, making the world a better place one good deed at a time!

PFLAG Charity:

 Everyday, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) volunteers are contacted by frightened adolescents and by angry, fearful, ashamed or confused parents. The organization supports, educates and provides resources to anyone with questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity.  With a large national network of dedicated and compassionate volunteers, PFLAG’ers are there for those in need, when it seems like no one else is!

How can you help? Support PFLAG’s Stand Proud York Region’ Annual Charity Gala on Friday February 6th. We are looking for items for our silent auction. If you would like to make a donation personally or through your company, please contact Shawna Kilpatrick.

You can purchase tickets to the event here


    The team at Pink & Blue has been reaching out to different organizations and charities to see how we can help them. We are asking all our members and readers to help us make a difference by supporting and donating to one or more of these causes during the holiday season.

    • The Clothing Cupboard – 905-882-8509

    The Clothing Cupboard is a free community clothing bank which offers new or gently used clothing, outerwear, footwear, and accessories to women, children and teens. Set up to resemble a store, The Cupboard is run by The Family Resource Centre which is located at the Promenade Mall.

    Donations needed:

    • They urgently need donations of gently-used or new clothing for children ages pre-school to high school.
    • Winter clothing including boots, coats, hats, mittens/gloves, snow suits
    • Holy Blossom Holiday Toy Drive – 416-789-3291

    The Early Childhood Centre at Holy Blossom Temple is organizing a holiday toy drive to make the holidays a little brighter for families in need. This year the toy drive will be supporting families who are part of Art Start’s Program Without Walls and North York Community House.

    • Art Starts ( is an organization that works in four under-resourced Toronto neighbourhoods to help inspire and cultivate social change by bringing professional artists and Toronto residents together to create community building art projects in all artistic disciplines.

    Donations needed: 

    * New, unwrapped toys or gently used toys in excellent condition that are appropriate for young children aged 0-6 years old.

    * Donations can be dropped off at Holy Blossom Temple – 1950 Bathurst St., Toronto

    • North York Community House ( is organization dedicated to assisting newcomers to Toronto in settling and integrating into their community, and to building strong neighbourhoods. a staff of over 100 conducts services in 50 locations to over 25,000 individuals annually.

    Donations needed: 

    New, unwrapped toys for children and teens aged 0-14 years old.

    * Gift cards of denominations of $10 or higher for stores like Wal-Mart, Dollarama, Target, and Canadian Tire.

    Donations can be dropped off at Holy Blossom Temple – 1950 Bathurst St., Toronto

    • Juliette’s Place –

    Juliette’s Place is a not-for-profit agency, established in 1990 as Homeward Family Shelter. The 35-bed facility is one of the largest single shelters in operation to date. It is the first known facility of its kind in Toronto designed specifically as a shelter for abused women and their children including male children over the age of 12 years.

    Donations needed:

    INFANTS: 4oz & 8oz glass baby bottles, new/unopened bottle nipples; new/unopened bath products; fitted crib sheets; baby monitors; baby swing; stroller;

    * toys, clothing, snowsuits, pjs for ages 0-3yrs old.

    * CHILDREN: Multicultural dolls; board games (regular or DVD); story books in different languages; AA batteries; backpacks; soccer & volleyballs; clothing size 4-6x and 7-16.

    * TEENS: Watches; backpacks; one use or inexpensive cameras; Gift Cards for stores like Chapters, Toys R Us, Cineplex, fast food restaurants, clothing stores.

    *DVDs: Disney movies, Baby themed videos ie/ Baby Einstein, The Wiggles, Christmas themed movies, any non-violent new releases

    * WOMEN: Photo albums and picture frames; bath towels; calendars and/or daytimers; chocolates; gloves and scarves; single use cameras; gift cards for grocery stores, Wal mart/Giant Tiger/Target, Restaurants

    Food Donations

    * Personal Care Items

    * Please contact Juliette’s Place to arrange drop off of donations


    • Join our PINK & BLUE ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ CAMPAIGN – Holiday Donation Drive Organizing Committee
    • Suggest other organizations to add to our PINK & BLUE ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ CAMPAIGN – Holiday Donation Drive
    • Follow us on facebooktwittertumblrpinterestFacebook Page
    • Share our campaign and help us ‘Pay It Forward’


    If you would like to join our committee: to help with organizing donations, sourcing places for people to drop off items, contacting charities, driving to pick up & drop-off please contact us.

    This will be on going throughout the year and we can organize if you are in the states or another city we will help you organize a Pay it forward campaign!!! We will be publishing on our website, social media, and Pink & Blue Magazine.

    The importance of kindness: Kindness feels good; to give & receive. It is essential for living a balanced life and it is essential for personal growth.

    When we stop to be thoughtful of others, we are giving away something to someone else which might just lift that soul out of despair.  Thoughtfulness means we are not totally obsessed with ourselves only.

    We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give- Winston Churchill

    Thank you in advance for your support.

    Pink & Blue Magazine Team
    ( Special Thank you too Nicole Lippa-Gasparro for helping to write this post)

    Nicole Lippa- Gasparro

    Guest Contributor

    Twitter Handle: Tired Mommy – @nlgasparro

    About the Author

    Nicole is a freelance communications, media relations, and PR professional with extensive experience working both in government and with the private sector. She has worked with various businesses and not for profit organizations to design and execute media, social media, and public relation campaigns, and content marketing strategies including the promotion of events, products, and services.

    Nicole is a proud wife and mommy to two beautiful, high energy children who keep her hopping. She loves good food, trying new things, and helping others. She is a little tired too.



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