Santa’s Workshop – Full Effect



Staff at HFH took time out of their lunch hour to help us wrap today! Only a couple weeks left!

So thankful! It felt like Santa’s workshop!

We have been so busy wrapping, aiming to give every stranger we run into a gift on Gary Effect day! If you see us out and about say hiiiiiii 👋 watch for us, Winnipeg! This is for you!

The Gary Effect in British Columbia!


Our cousin, Jamie and Auntie Lori are behind the Gary Effect in Victoria, British Columbia. They send us all this update:

“Thank SO much to everyone that donated to this year’s women’s shelter gifts.  We were blessed with a hat and scarf, tons of toiletries and a TON of Clinique and Lancome cosmetics  for each lady.
Big thanks to everyone at Cameron Izard Snell….huge donors.
And thank you to Mother Nature’s Market….you saved us from having to spend on gift bags.

Merry Christmas everyone!”.

Can’t wait to hear the response from our BC fam on Gary Effect day! It’s coming up…!!!!!

Thank you to all who supported our 2016 fundraiser!

Our Prairie Tale masquerade fundraiser was a fantabulous success! Thank you to all who came out and help us raise $3,520!  All profits go directly to bringing more smiles to our Gary Effect victims of random acts of kindness!

Everyone couldn’t stop talking about how amazing our entertainment, food and prizes were this year!  So here’s some shout outs to those that helped us make it amazing!

First, like to  thank Sonix Bar and Grill who hosted our event… please pop by 423 McMillan and give them your support. They’re amazing people!  While you’re there, play some pool, have some drinkies… it’s a great venue!

Our entertainment was fantabulous! A special thank you to Dahlia Kurtz who was the emcee for our event!  Our performers, Kevla (Belly dancing), Kane Greene (beat boxing), Dave Greene (Elvis) and Maribeth Tabanera (dancer) did an amazing job! Winnipeg has some amazing talent! ( Be sure to check out Kane and Dave’s CBC’s documentary ‘Being Greene’… to find out more about about this strong, courageous amazing family).  Our Dj’s who kept the music going all night long:  Jerm the Worm, Sheen Sayer and Coliwog.

A special thank you to Michelle McCann, Candace Heywood, Kaila Lizon and Brian Chrupalo who worked tirelessly pounding pavement finding so many sponsors for our amazing silent auction!  (for a full list of our sponsors please check out the ‘Gary’s friends’ page  – all these businesses deserve your support, because they believe in our community!)

And last, but not least… We would like to thank everyone who came out to support us!  And those who couldn’t make it and still supported us, thank you!  You make us who we are and we couldn’t do it without you!

We’re gearing up for another amazing winter surprise session… We can’t wait! Stay tuned for further details! =)




2015 Fundraiser!

4th Annual Smiles for Gary Fundraiser! October 3, 2015 at Canadinns McPhillips 6-9pm! $20 gets you a bud, (or soft drink!) spud, and all the trimmings! Tickets only on sale until September 30th!! Contact us for details! 204-290-2530





What an exciting month it’s been! We wanted to let you know just how thankful we are for YOU. Without the donations, kind mentions, and time that everyone puts toward the Gary Effect, it wouldn’t be growing the way that it is! So now, it’s time to say thanks!

We’ve composed a few rules to explain things for ya:
1) Perform a “Random Act of Kindness”
2) POST it! To our website (Hit the “Speak Up!” button/comment below and tell us your story) OR Twitter/Instagram (don’t forget to hashtag it #garyeffectwin)
3) The winner will be announced January 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM (Central time).

You’re going to win some Gary Effect gear and a “Random Acts of Kindness/Pay it Forward” kit! We’ll stop there, you know we love surprises!

As swell as Gary was, so is the love of his life, Melba, our Mom! We’re excited to host this contest in honor of her birthday, January 6! Happy birthday, Mom!


ONLY 12 more days until The Gary Effect hits the town!

Time passes so quickly doesn’t it! We’ve been so busy here at The Gary Effect , we almost forgot to sleep! We don’t mind one bit 🙂

As we’ve been sending out The Gary Effect troops to ’round up gifts, toys, treats and more, we thought we’d share some exciting news with you! We are pleased to say we will be heading out for TWO days this year! Why be nice once, when you can be nice twice?! We will be heading out on December 22nd and December 23rd this year! Stay tuned for details, we’re so excited to share them with you! Only 12 days left!

Love is love!

T’was two nights before Christmas…

and all through my house… presents are scattered, no room for a mouse!!!


HAHA hey everyone! Merry Christmas and GaryEffect Day eve!  Can you believe it’s here already???  I just wanted to make sure, everyone knows, if they want to volunteer to be at the south/east corner of Salter/Stella at 1030hrs tomorrow morning  (monday, December 23, 2013)  sharp please!! It’s going to be a very cold one… dress warm!!  Brrrrrr!

I also just wanted to make sure you all checked this out!!:


2013 - 1172 smiles


What is this??? 

It is 1198 smiles all ready and wrapped to roll in just a few more hours!!!!

HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s donated, attended the fundraiser, promoted the fundraiser and our cause, who’s coming out to volunteer in the morning, and who’s come out in the past, who support us and believing in what we do – doing it on their own, or with us, or just cheering us on!! This experience truly humbles me! You take my breath away!!!

Also I’d like to give a huge special thank u to all my WPS elves who spent endless hours of their own time working diligently to get ALL these presents wrapped and ready to go! The city is so lucky to have u… For those of u that don’t know… My Wps family ( including the wpa )are huge supporters of our cause…These are people with huge huge hearts… Always there to help… Not only in times of crisis, but behind the scenes and volunteering for the Gary effect. When I think of you, my eyes tear. I am truly blessed. The city is lucky to have u. I am lucky to have u. I love u. Xox

Okay everyone… In just 12 hours the party starts!!! I’m ready to rock this…After a nap! haha MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Be safe! And again, on behalf of all of our recipients…. THANK YOU!!!!



If you’ve been touched by a random act of kindness, whether through us, or anyone else… please don’t be shy, click on the ‘Speak Up’ tab! We really want to hear from you! It helps to keep the motivation going… and helps to spread those good happy feelings!! We love warm happy thoughts! Thank you!