The Gary Ef­fect grows stronger

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

LAST year, Kay Lizon of Win­nipeg got to think­ing about her de­ceased fa­ther, Gary Boit­ti­aux, how he was ever so gen­er­ous and help­ful to all those who came into his cir­cle. Gary was su­per kind, su­per lov­ing and reached out reg­u­larly to not only those close to him but also to com­plete strangers.

In his hon­our, Kay started a random act of kind­ness. She in­vested hun­dreds of dol­lars, had some help from friends, fam­ily and co­work­ers and col­lected well over 800 gifts. On Dec. 23, 2011, she and seven elf vol­un­teers set out to poorer ar­eas of Win­nipeg and ran­domly dis­trib­uted gifts to com­plete strangers.

The re­ac­tion from the re­cip­i­ents was heart filled. The idea caught on, and this year, there were fundrais­ers and many more vol­un­teers. Twenty-four elves helped dis­trib­ute well over 1,000 gifts to the less for­tu­nate.

On Dec. 23, it has be­come a tra­di­tion to pass along a random act of kind­ness; Kay calls it The Gary Ef­fect. Peo­ple par­tic­i­pated from as far away as Bri­tish Columbia, Mex­ico and the Philip­pines.

Kay hopes if only one more per­son reached out and touched an­other to make them feel good in what can be a sad time for some, the ven­ture would be a com­plete success.

Kay Lizon is my niece, and I am ever so proud of her as she does her share to change the world in a pos­i­tive way, start­ing in the heart of Canada.

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