Pitch­ing in

Lewis­porte wo­man shares more than just candy with trick or treaters

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY DANETTE DOOLEY danette@nl.rogers.com

Mak­ing spe­cial Hal­loween mem­o­ries through shar­ing.

When Nikita Col­bourne saw some adorable chil­dren’s Hal­loween cos­tumes at the store where she works, she be­gan think­ing about how great it would be to sim­ply give a cou­ple of the cos­tumes to fam­i­lies that may not be able to af­ford to buy one.

With sup­port from the store’s man­ager (Kyle Berg of Kyle’s In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer) and her boyfriend Austin Shear­ing, Col­bourne turned her idea into re­al­ity.

Col­bourne posted about the cos­tume give-away on her per­sonal Face­book page as well as the Lewis­porte Buy and Sell Face­book Group, sug­gest­ing peo­ple contact her if they knew of a child in need of a cos­tume.

Her ges­ture wasn’t just geared for fam­i­lies in dire need of help, rather, any fam­ily that might have trou­ble – for what­ever rea­son – buy­ing a cos­tume for their child.

Col­bourne re­cently de­liv­ered a cos­tume to two fam­i­lies. Both fam­i­lies – and espe­cially the chil­dren — were very grate­ful for the cos­tume, she said.

“And it makes my Hal­loween to know that they are happy.”

Orig­i­nally from Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta, Col­bourne moved to Lewis­porte with her par­ents Hazen Hynes and Sonya Col­bourne and sis­ter Jes­sica Col­bourne about eight years ago.

Look­ing for ways to give back to the com­mu­nity isn’t new to this 22-year-old. Sev­eral months ago, Col­bourne donated her grad­u­a­tion dress to a stu­dent in need.

Giv­ing is an awe­some feel­ing, she said, and far out­weighs re­ceiv­ing. “I get more joy spend­ing money to give some­thing to some­one else than if I went out and bought my­self a $40 or $50 shirt,” she said.

Bright­en­ing some­one’s day doesn’t even have to in­volve spend­ing money, she said.

“Be more of the kind­ness you want to see in the world,” Col­bourne said, of­fer­ing sug­ges­tions on how peo­ple can do just that.

“Even just tak­ing the time to hold the door for some­body... ask­ing some­body how their day was... of­fer­ing to buy some­body’s cof­fee if you have the means to be able to do that... give some­body a lift if they need a ride home.”

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Nikita Col­bourne is help­ing make Hal­loween a fun time. You can tell by her own cos­tume that she en­joys this time of year.

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Kids love to dress up for Hal­loween and act out their favourite characters.

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