RECAP: 26 Hours of Kindness 2018

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SHOWING AND GIVING LOVE FOR 26 HOURS OF KINDNESS

This past Wednesday the NKPR team joined forces to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a meaningful way- by showing and giving love to Toronto communities. This year we really wanted to focus on the homeless population, especially as this winter has been one of the coldest on record! We focused our efforts to volunteer at four amazing organizations: St. Felix Centre, Good Shepherd Ministries, Sistering, and Ve’ahavta. Together, their services work to support individuals who are battling very real issues in Toronto (and all over the world), including homelessness, addiction, malnutrition, mental illness, and so much more.

The FWords Podcast also taped an episode in the St. Felix kitchen during the lunch service, where we talked with Brian Harris, Executive Director of the St. Felix Centre, as well as the Ve’ahavta Outreach Worker, Andre Hermanstyne. Stay tuned for the episode airing next Tuesday, February 20th!

St. Felix Centre | 25 Augusta Ave.

We were welcomed with open arms to help prepare lunch and dinner for visitors of the St. Felix Centre. The first shift covered the 9AM to 1PM lunch service, and from 3PM to 8PM the second team tackled dinner! It was heartwarming to see the gratitude of the staff as well as the individuals who came in from the cold for a warm meal!

Learn more about St. Felix Centre here.

Good Shepherd Ministries | 412 Queen St. East

We lent our support to Good Shepherd with sorting and boxing food for many individuals and families that use their services on a regular basis. Their staff typically serve 1200 meals a day on average! On top of hot meals, they also provide clean clothes and a safe, clean bed for those in need.

Learn more about Good Shepherd Ministries here.

Sistering | 962 Bloor St. West

Sistering offers multiple services in an aim to help at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. We joined the strong women who dedicate so much of their time to supporting Sistering.

Learn more about Sistering here.

Ve’ahavta | 200 Bridgeland Ave D.

Ve’ahavta (Hebrew for “and you shall love”) works to promote positive change in the lives of people of all faiths who are marginalized by poverty. They offer a hands-on approach to supporting their mission of tikun olam (repairing the world). Even just these translations demonstrate how beautiful it is to help and love others! We offered our support by collecting items for their street outreach team to help make daily essentials more accessible to Toronto communities.

Learn more about Ve’ahavta here.

It was honestly such an incredibly grounding and rewarding experience to give even just some of our time to help these organizations. It also served as an important reminder that there are so many people who desperately need our help on a daily basis. There is an estimated 235,000 people who are homeless in Canada annually, with 35,000 estimated to be homeless on any given night. Those are only two statistics that help shed light on the reality of homelessness in Canada. We’ve pulled a few m0re shown below that help provide an understanding of how this affects so many people. Realistically, these individuals could easily be our peers or friends, and we may just haven’t noticed the signs.

  • 150,000: Approximate number of people who access emergency shelters in Canada annually.
  • 50,000: Estimated number of people who are “hidden homeless” — defined as those without homes of their own who lean on friends or family for shelter — on any given night.
  • 4 million: Number of bednights, defined as nights during which a shelter bed is occupied, each year across Canada.
  • $105.3 million: Amount the federal government spends annually on the Homeless Partnering Strategy, which is designed to prevent and reduce homelessness.
  • 82,380: People who found more stable housing as a result of the Homeless Partnering Strategy.

We encourage everyone to learn more about these amazing organizations, and how you can lend your support. You can make a big difference even in a small way by just donating your time. Imagine what the world could look like with a little more kindness!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to join the #NKPR26 team. Checkout our Instagram highlights (@natashankpr) to see more from our third annual 26 Hours of Kindness initiative!

NKPR 26 Hours of Kindness: Spreading Love on Valentine’s Day

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NKPR 26 Hours of Kindness: Spreading Love on Valentine’s Day

Building on the success of the NKPR 26 Hours of Kindness holiday edition, we’re excited to announce that on February 14, 2018, NKPR will hold the third annual 26 hours of Kindness on Valentine’s day!!

An NKPR tradition, the 26 Hours of Kindness first launched during the Christmas season – and included random acts of kindness, surprise and delights, caroling, community dinner programs, essentials drive and more.

We made the decision to move the initiative to Valentine’s as a way to reconnect with the day in a meaningful way and to celebrate what love is all about: showing compassion for others, spending time together and giving ourselves.

With February being the coldest time of year, and this year being one of the coldest, the NKPR 26 Hours of Kindness will focus on supporting programs that provide food, a safe warm space and a kind word to those most in need.

There are so many amazing organizations in the city, this year we will be working with St. Felix CentreGood ShepherdSistering and Ve’ahavta.

Activities will run from 9am to 7pm and we’d love for you to join! If you’re interested in participating, or would like more information, please contact: info@nkpr.net

    • St. Felix: Lunch Program 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (open to volunteers)
    • Sistering: Lunch Program 9:30am-1pm (all spots have now been filled)
    • Good Shepherd: Food Sorting 1-4pm (open to volunteers)
    • St. Felix: Dinner Program 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (open to volunteers)

If you aren’t able to make it, we are also accepting food donations for St. Felix, and Clothing and Necessities for Ve’ahavta’s street outreach team. A full list can be found here.

Items can be dropped at the NKPR office before February 14th, between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Thank you!

 

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NKPR’s Best Romantic Comedies of All Time!

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Around the NKPR office, we love to talk about love! Whether it’s the breakups and makeups of our favourite Hollywood stars, the ups and downs of our own love lives, or the latest and greatest in romantic comedies… love is a hot-topic for us!

Not that we ever need an excuse to put on a cheesy, hopelessly romantic movie on a Sunday afternoon… but with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to round up NKPR staffers’ best romantic comedies of all time!

Whether you’re single or attached, admit we all enjoy a good ol’ fashioned rom-com to inspire and remind us that love truly is worth celebrating.

Read on for our all-time favourites…

Natasha:
You’ve Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks!! My favourite quote is: “The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something but I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.” So romantic!

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Lauren:
Clueless… because Cher Horowitz is EVERYTHING. (It ends in romance so I’m classifying it as a rom-com!) The best Cher quote is “LUCY!!! Where is my white collarless shirt from Fred Segal? It’s my most capable looking outfit!!” And my favourite scene is the one below… I actually LOVE her outfit in this scene, with the long sheer collar shirt & cropped sweater.

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Rebecca:
One of my favourite romantic comedies is The Holiday. Jude Law for the win!

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Tory:
My favourite rom-com is definitely Notting Hill. Between Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, the smile-factor is NEXT level. My favourite scene is when they are racing around London trying to get to Julia’s character’s film junket.

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Katie:
My all-time favourite romantic comedy is How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. The best scene is when Ben takes Andy to meet his parents and you witness them realize they are actually falling for each other during the shower scene as Chantal Kreviazuk’s “Feels Like Home” plays in the background. Classic!!! ❤️

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Nathan:
I Love you, Man! So it’s a little more com than rom, but who doesn’t love a hilarious bromance? My favourite scene: Slappin’ da bass. My favourite quote: “Get home safe Pistol.” “You got it, Jobin.

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Yulia:
Although it’s one of those bleak comedies, Lost in Translation has a great romance at its heart. Favourite quote: Bob: “Can you keep a secret? I’m trying to organize a prison break. I’m looking for, like, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?

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Nicole M.:
Amélie! ❤️

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Amanda:
Princess Bride! Love the humour, period wardrobe and great romantic love story that melts my heart every time! Favorite scene is a classic moment in 80’s movie history when Wesley is tossed down the hill by the Princess who has not yet been aware of his identity. He is then suddenly discovered as her one true love when his words float up to her as he tumbles downward, “As… you… wish.” Really cool romantic scene. 🙂

The Princess Bride Robin Wright Romantic Comedy

Aisosa:
My all-time favourite romantic comedy is He’s Just Not That Into You.  So many key messages that girlfriends are either too naïve or caring to break to their girls – but sometimes, “If he’s not calling you, it’s because you are not on his mind” because “busy is another word for a**hole.” 🙂

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Cait:
When Harry Met Sally! Classic, but I love everything about it. Especially how the characters and their relationships change during the movie (case-in-point Sally’s take on Casablanca), but their most annoying – and uniquely loveable – qualities stay the same (cue final scene, with chocolate sauce on the side). The vignettes of couples throughout the movie are maybe my fave parts, but, again, I love the whole thing from the song ‘let’s call the whole thing off’ to the faceless man in Sally’s dreams.

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Daria:
Does Forgetting Sarah Marshall count?

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Nicole A:
Love Actually – It’s just so real. Bill Nighy is a genius. I watch it 10x every Christmas season!

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Erin:
I love P.S. I Love You because it makes me ugly cry and Gerard Butler is hot.

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Cassie:
Serendipity! 🙂 I love the moment that she gets the bill with his name and number on it. There’s that overwhelming happiness you get when you realize they’re going to be together!

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Kristin: 
The 40-Year Old Virgin! Judd Apatow. Steve Carrell. Catherine Keener. Paul Rudd! Just about as much awkwardness as you’d expect based on the title… but actually a really earnest love story. Laugh out loud funny.

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Bunmi:
Top Five was written and directed by Chris Rock. He also stars in the film with Rosario Dawson and Gabrielle Union. It’s a Woody Allen-esque film that showcases Chris as comedian Andre Allen, the romantic lead, and Rosario as a New York Times writer Chelsea Brown; she is the mega cool love interest for Andre and love rival to Gabrielle Union’s Erica Long, a gorgeous reality mega-star who is about to get married to Andre. It is a smart, breezy film that can be a bit raunchy for some people’s tastes, but I like a bit of raunch! 🙂

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Olena:
My favourite romantic comedy is Bridget Jones’ Diary because I am basically her.

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Do you agree with our list? We want to know what your favourite romantic comedies are… tweet us at @natashankpr!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – For Him & Her

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Ah, Valentine’s Day…that day of the year we’re reminded that love is special and most definitely worth celebrating. We’ve all seen our fair share of overly sized teddy bears, obnoxiously large boxes of chocolate, and instantly forgotten knick-knacks (cue eye rolls now…).

This year, we’ve decided to opt for the “wow” factor. To give that special someone something that shows you’re really thinking of them and something that shows you care beyond those typical cliché gifts.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite products that will make this Valentine’s Day your best one yet…

For Her:

DAVIDsTEA – The Sweetheart Collection

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Saje Natural Wellness – The Goddess Fragrance

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Mulberry – Rose Gold Heart Keyring

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Hi-Tec Canada – Bazile Lux

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Zwilling Canada – Chef Knives

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Rudsak – Black Leather iPad Case

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Tell us your favourite Valentine’s Day gift ideas…tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

 

The IT List: Feb 8

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This week’s IT List is all about Valentine’s Day! Whether single or attached, this love-dedicated holiday can be incredibly polarizing! One thing we can’t debate? All the amazing products that come out during the month of love!

What do you get when you combine a mouth-watering Heart Truffle Cake from Baker Street, a decadent Frangelico and SKYY Vodka cocktail, and the romantic Sweetheart Collection from DAVIDsTEA? A triple threat of delicious treats for the day of love… or any day really! [Toronto Sun]

Looking for a sexy surprise for your partner this Valentine’s Day? The We-Vibe 3 is the hottest couples sex toy on the market with 6 vibration modes and a completely waterproof design! [Women’s Post]

Italian aperitifs like Campari and Aperol were one of the top cocktail trends of 2011! With a glowing-red colour, these two spirits are a non-cliché way to indulge in pink drinks this Valentine’s Day! [Globe & Mail]

No Valentine’s Day outfit is complete without the proper accessories! A stunning Lia Sophia bracelet and statement ring are sure to please your loved one! [24 Hours]

Give your face a rosy glow this Valentine’s Day with Stila’s new stunning collection of spring essentials! We love this gorgeous heart-patterned blush palette! [iVillage]

Celebrating the Month of Love Part One: It’s a Date!

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February is here and NKPR is jumping on the Love Train. Stay tuned all month as we help you get in the mood with the perfect gifts, date ideas and yummy treats to share with the one you love. 

The 14th might be a mandatory date night for those who are attached, but it shouldn’t be the only time of the year to woo your significant other. The NKPR team has put together some activities for you to enjoy with anyone near and dear.

Valentine’s TLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who wouldn’t want to spend the day in a bathrobe getting pampered? Treat your plus one to a rejuvenating spa retreat catered to couples that includes massage therapy, a hot steam and lunch at this amazing spa in Bloor-Yorkville! www.sitamaa.com

Dîner Pour Deux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe you can’t take your love to Paris for a romantic getaway, but you can always take them to La Société for a French-inspired meal. We suggest ordering the Grand Tower – a three-tiered seafood feast that is sure to make a memorable Valentine’s date. www.lasociete.ca

Pass the Popcorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get together with your fellow cinephiles and head over to the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a silver screen escape. From February 10-16 the Academy Awards nominated films for Best Live Action and Best Animated Short will be playing back-to-back so you can choose wisely in your office Oscar pool. www.Tiff.net

Alone Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The We-Vibe 3 is a great place to start for anyone looking to plan an intimate night in. It’s made for couples and features six vibration patterns, a remote control and a waterproof design. Cue up a Marvin Gaye CD and you’ve got yourself a sexy Valentine’s Day party for two. www. We-Vibe.com

-Daniela DiStefano

Tweet us @natashankpr and tell us how you’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day!