Phoenix Youth Shelter Pizza Party and Cookie Decorating

Our 2018 Christmas giving did not stop with our senior community! We decided to get a little more personal with the younger generation. After a wonderful suggestion by Steve Murray, we reached out to the staff of Phoenix Youth Shelter and offered to host a pizza πŸ•party and cookie decorating evening 😊. Olivia would love this!!!

On Sunday, December 16 the Trustees and volunteers brought pizza, chips, fruit and vegetable platters, juice, water and cookies along with all the fixings needed to decorate to Phoenix Youth Shelter in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We got to eat (thank you for the amazing ribs and cole slaw!) chat and share Olivia. We shared why we do what we do with some wonderful people. What a great time! We can’t even begin to explain what an honour it was. Thank you for your questions and the honest, open dialogue that followed.

A great big thank you goes out to Ragan Eagle of Sweet Eagle Bakery for donating the amazing cookies the staff and residents decorated. The delicious cookies were definitely a huge hit! We saw some pretty impressive decorating going on (there may have even been a friendly competition or two πŸ˜‰)

We we also honoured to do up gift bags for the youth staying at the shelter so they have something just for them this Christmas season πŸŽ„. We included a t-shirt and bracelet with Olivia’s Signature Tree in each bag along with some treats and day-to-day items like deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair ties, brushes, gloves, reusable water bottle and more! We also donated bus tickets, MacDonalds gift cards and Tim Hortons gift cards!

We love giving back to organizations that support our youth – it’s exactly where Olivia would want us to focus πŸ’—.

Bissett Court Nursing Home Donation 2018

Nothing makes us happier at The Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust than to give back to our community! As part of our annual Christmas Giving πŸŽ„Olivia’s Trust was thrilled to be able to donate needed items to the Bissett Court Nursing Home on Chameau Crescent in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

So often our seniors do not have everything they need while living in care. That is where Olivia’s Trust got to step in! We were given a list of items that are most needed on a day-to-day basis and were more happy to provide everything they asked for – and then some!

If you are searching for a place to do some good this giving season why not approach a local nursing home in your community and reach out to see what they may need. Your gesture, no matter how small can mean the world to someone 😊

Allie’s Fearless IPA Release Announcement

Allie’s Fearless IPA is no longer just a concept being bantered back and forth – it is ready for release to the public!

After about a year of discussion with Jeff Saunders of Bad Apple Brewhouse from Somerset, Nova Scotia about the style, the ingredients and the overall concept, an amazing beer has been created! Allie’s Fearless IPA is just as unique and creative and fun as Liv!

This limited release American style IPA is being described as having “the nose of Five Alive, the mouth feel of a citrus burst leaning toward grapefruit with a slightly bitter after finish. It’s a hybrid cross between a New England IPA and a West Coast IPA.” And if that description wasn’t enough to make you want to try it, we were told it is “one of the best and most unique beers ever” by someone who has sampled some already!

Allie’s Fearless IPA is available at the Bad Apple Brewhouse in Somerset (just outside Berwick), The Core in Wolfville for $7.50 a bottle (only 400 bottles).

Allie’s Fearless IPA will be on tap at Jamieson’s Irish House ($1.00 from each pour is being donated back to Liv’s Trust) and Battery Park in Dartmouth, along with Stillwell Beer Bar in Halifax. As well, Freeman’s Little New York in Halifax had a special request to have the IPA on tap for a special event for December 20!

A very special thank you goes out to Jeff Saunders and Bad Apple Brewhouse for creating something extraordinary and for always supporting the work we do at the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust! We would also like to take a moment to thank Tom Adams at Jym Line Glassware for the incredible custom screen printed bottles featuring Olivia’s Signature Tree that will become a keepsake for most who purchase the bottle. Thank you to the Maritime Beer Report and Atlantic Canadian Beer Blog for featuring Allie’s Fearless IPA on their beer blogs this week.

Olivia is truly being honoured πŸ’œ

PopSockets have arrived!

Olivia’s Signature Tree PopSockets have arrived! We are so excited and just can’t wait to see these on the backs of phones πŸ“²

Contact the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust for your PopSocket today for only $15.00.

All money raised goes back to The Trust so we can continue our mission to help Olivia do “Great Things!”

Compassion and Kindness Day 2018

October is finally here! And that means we are holding our annual “Compassion and Kindness Celebrates Olivia Day!”

We choose October 23 every year to hold this event on Olivia’s birthday (THE most important time of year according to Liv πŸ˜‰)

This is such a simple yet beautiful way to honour Olivia and remember her compassion and kindness for others by committing random acts of kindness in your community.

Wherever you are in the world, we ask you to do something selfless for others. Buy the stranger behind you a coffee, provide socks to your local homeless shelter, help out at a local animal rescue or soup kitchen… the sky’s the limit!

Whatever you do, remember Olivia on her 22nd birthday and carry on her spirit as you make others lives brighter for a day.

Above all else, enjoy your day as Olivia would πŸ’œ

An event will be created on our Face Book page for those who would like to share what you do (you never know, you may inspire others!)

Back Pack Donation

Olivia’s Trust loves to help provide back-to-school gear!

This time we were able to donate the 38 remaining bags and some school supplies needed to make sure every one of the of 80+ kids registered with the Dartmouth Salvation Army get their very own backpack!

We think there will be some very happy kids who get to pick out their fancy new backpack and school supplies this afternoon!

Thank you to all the people who donate to the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust so we get to continue to do “great things!” in Olivia’s memory πŸ’œ

Back-to-school Donation 2018

The Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust is so very happy to be able to donate 8 backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies to the Woodlawn United Church.

Each student will receive a backpack, zippered binder, 2 packs of loose leaf, graph paper, report cover, 4 duo-tangs, single subject and 3-subject notebooks, page dividers, scientific calculator, 16 GB USB, pens, pencils, liquid paper and a pencil case along with a custom “Olivia’s Signature Tree” water bottle. We are also supplying bus tickets to help kids in need get back and forth to school.

Olivia would be thrilled to know she is helping kids go back to school in style so they can have a great new school year!

Thank you to every single person who supports us through our fundraising efforts so we can continue to do “great things!” in Olivia’s memory. Her kindness and compassion lives on in each of us πŸ’œ