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Paying it Forward this Holiday Season

Can you feel it?  This time of year there seems to be a little extra magic in the air, people seem to smile more, have longer conversations with people they don’t know, hold doors open and find ways to do more kind things for people.  People they may know or they may not.  Its the holidays!

Twin Hill Gives

My friend Colleen, owner of Souffle Bombay, had the idea to reach out to other bloggers as well as some of their collective contacts to pull off a fantastic holiday surprise for 21 children who live in a small remote village in Alaska where one can only get in or out by bush plane or a small boat via the rough Nushagak River. I was beyond excited to jump in and help with the other 20 bloggers from the Philadelphia area.  This is when #TwinHillsSanta began to take off.

A friend (Dani) of Colleen’s took a position in the village teaching this year, Dani didn’t know what to expect when she packed up and moved from Pennsylvania, however she has already fallen in love with the people, their culture and Alaska.

She has 16 students ages 4-13 and the village has 5 additional kids under 4. There are no places for the 76 residents to work or shop, so they live simply.  They don’t have much.  As a matter of fact while discussing Christmas and Santa recently one day in school, one of the younger kids said simply “Santa doesn’t come to Alaska.”

Let that sink in for a second….

Twin Hills Giving Back


This year…these kids have one heck of a surprise in-store for them!!

We reached out to some of our contacts and I am so humbled and thrilled to share with you that they hopped right on board!

Lee Jeans is sending clothes to the kids, those kids are going to be so excited and well dressed!!

CVS Pharmacy is sending all kinds of personal products from toothbrushes to scrubbies and body washes, & shampoos to chapsticks, candy, small toys and much more!

Nuby USA jumped in to send the younger children sippy cups, infant and toddler toothbrushes & toothpaste, toys and fun feeding plates & utensils!

Tyrrells English Chips (who has the most fun website BTW)  sent cases of their crazy delicious chips – those kids are going to be happily crunching away with a new-to-them snack!

And speaking of snacks, Pretzel Crisps sent cases of their crazy-good pretzels – Boy are the kiddos in for a tasty treat! I see new fans just ahead!

Kind Snacks shipped some of their healthy AND tasty Kind Bars to the kids, those will get them pumped up and full of energy!

DecoArt sent a bunch of craft supplies to the kids who I hear are LOVE making things and crafting any chance they get, they are going to be blown away!

Drs. Sherri & Ben Schneider of, who donated tooth brushes and toothpaste for all the kids of Twin Hills!

How awesome are these 8 companies who said YES to pay-it-forward!  When stories like this reach my ears it makes me an even more loyal customer OR it makes me want to try/support a brand I am not familiar with!  Thank you all!

None of this could of happened without these amazing ladies coming together, and working with brands to make sure every kids will get a new pair of pajamas, hats, scarves, gloves and more!  When people come together in the spirit of giving – fantastic things can happen! Many thanks to these people who helped make the #TwinHillsSanta effort so amazing.

Colleen Kennedy
Becky Adams
Debbie Bookstaber
Denise Ruggieri
Gina Badalaty
Heather DiNuzzo
Heather McCurdy
Heather Schugar
Jennifer Oxenford
Jo-Lynne Shane
Katie Pietrak
Larisha Campbell
Lauryn Blakesley
Lindsay Podolak
Lindsey Shuster
Natalie Dixon
Nicole Quier
Pam Margolis
Rachel Blate
Sarah Mazzone
Tomika Bryant
Tricia Goodman

I can’t wait to share more specifics, which I will do in January once I get the intel from Dani as to how it all went.  The pilot who flies in and out of Twin Hills with deliveries won’t know what hit him and neither will the post office!

Twin Hill Giving Back


Magic is in the air!!  When people come together…great things happen!

Thank you Lee Jeans, CVS Pharmacy, Nuby USA, Tyrrells English Crisps,Pretzel Crisps, Educational Insights, Kind Snacks, Hatbro DMD and DecoArt for making THIS a very special Christmas for 21 children, who I know are going to be so very grateful!

If you are a brand or even just an individual who would like to participate in this pay it forward initiative, there is still time! You can still send toys, non-perishable foods, clothes, DVDs – whatever to this community. Contact me at for the address and list of children and I’d be happy to share that so you can be part of the Twin Hills Santa project, too! 


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7 Responses to Paying it Forward this Holiday Season

  1. Gina B December 17, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    I love that give graphic! So awesome. This was a really wonderful event, can’t wait to hear how it was received!

  2. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) December 17, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    I am so excited for these kids! Thanks so much for helping make this possible Trina!

  3. Marci December 17, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    This is so heart warming. Way to go influential bloggers!

  4. Barb @ A Life in Balance December 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    You gals are amazing! What a wonderful gift for those kids!

  5. Jo-Lynne Shane December 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    SO excited about this!

  6. Sarah Hughes December 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    Such an awesome venture by everyone

  7. Reesa Lewandowski December 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    What an amazing campaign you all pulled off. So proud to call so many of these wonderful people my friends!

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