LEWISPORTE, NL — 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.”