2016 “Pay It Forward” Campaign Wrap Up

It has been another wonderful season of giving and sharing at Vatos and we want to thank all of our customers and staff members who made this year’s Pay It Forward Campaign another huge success.  

For those of you guys who are unfamiliar with our Pay It Forward Campaign, here’s a short video on our annual Christmas Charity campaign.  


This season’s Pay It Forward Campaign wrapped up with a very memorable Charity Concert at our new Urban Collective space, featuring local jazz vocalist G. Esther, Vatos’ very own Michael Yoon and indie jazz duet Odd Tree.  

Michael Yoon – AKA the Michael Bublé of Vatos.


Vocalist G. Esther at the 2016 Pay It Forward Christmas Concert


Here’s a little snippet of our headlining act, Odd Tree, performing their song “Take the No. 6 Subway Line.”


It was wonderful to see the local community come out to give a lending hand to those in need during the holiday season.  
For the second year in a row, our campaign supported Jerusalem Ministry’s Arts and Craft Camp for underprivileged girls from 8 different orphanages around Seoul.  The girls asked for brand new shoes this year because they were only used to receiving hand-me-downs, so through the generosity of our customers, we were able to provide all 45 girls with brand new pair of Converse All Stars.  

The Vatos’ Team as they handout the highly anticipated Christmas presents to the children of the Arts and Crafts Camp.

A participant of the Arts and Crafts Camp shows off her new pair of shoes.


The girls had to show us some “SWAG” and give us a dab before receiving the gifts.


The second cause we were able to support this year was the Babybox Ministry here in Seoul.  

Before the campaign, a lot of our staff actually watched “The Drop Box” Documentary and it opened up our eyes to a situation in Korea that not many people know about.  We were moved and inspired by Minister Lee Jongrak and his staff at his ministry and reached out to them to see if we could provide any assistance.  

We were able to visit Pastor Lee last week and deliver our donations.  We were very blessed to hear his message of love and hope, and we are also happy to report to you that the Baby Box Ministry has been growing, due to support from people all over the world.  They have moved into a bigger and better facility to take care of their 20 handicapped children and they are also currently taking care of 4 infants.  Pastor Lee has informed us that more than 1027 babies have been saved through the Baby Box program.  

From left to right: Vatos’ Comm. Team Asst. Manager Eileen Han, Reverend Lee Jongrak of Baby Box Ministry and Vatos’ Co-founder Juweon Kim – dropping off the supplies and equipment purchased through the donations of the Pay It Forward Campaign.


For complete transparency, here’s a financial breakdown of our 2016 Pay It Forward Campaign.  


Vatos paid for 5,666,300 KRW worth of dinners for our customers.  

Our customers Paid It Forward by donating 4,326,940 KRW to our campaign.  


With the money, we were able to provide the following:

45 pairs of shoes for the girls of Jerusalem Ministry = 2,008,800 KRW

Wrapping Paper & Bags for Shoes = 31,500 KRW

50 bottles of B&B Infant-safe Fabric Softener = 91,000 KRW

50 bottles of B&B Infant-safe Detergent = 106,500 KRW

2 HappyCall HC BL2100 Blenders + Extra Cases = 536,600 KRW (for making meals for the severely handicapped children)

Omron JPN 601 Blood Pressure Reader + Children’s Cuff = 143,910 KRW

Samsung NT300E5K-L35L with additional 4G of Ram and 1TB HD = 858,280 KRW (For use by the medical staff at the Babybox Ministry)

Namyang Imperial Formula (39 Cans) = 574,200 KRW

TOTAL 4,350,790 KRW


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  – Winston Churchill

We want to thank you all of you again from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us throughout the year and for helping us to PAY IT FORWARD.  

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