Testimonials

Our wonderful customers are the reason we’re in business. Here are some of the great things they’ve said about us.


In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy Gina has stepped up in a remarkable way to help the town and residents of Lavallette and Ortley Beach recover and rebuild. Shortly after the storm Lavallette.org posted a notice announcing Project Connect. It was to be a way to organize the volunteer groups contacting the Borough with hundreds of residents in need of help by way of sending your information by email. After several weeks the Borough Hall workers were inundated with requests and offers but were unable to coordinate the matching of those in need with the helpers due to their tremendous daily workload. The worthy project was at a standstill. This created frustration as town residents desperately needed assistance and the volunteers were ready to go but the mechanism to make the project work was faulty with a backlog of emails requesting and offering help and no one to make it work. This is when Gina Cavallo stepped in. When she heard of the need for someone to organize this project she called the borough of Lavallette on December 5, 2012 and volunteered to take over the task of connecting the groups of volunteers with residents. From the first day she took on this project it became a working and viable way to provide much needed assistance to our town. The Borough of Lavallette sent her the emails of help requests and volunteer offers and Gina began the daunting task of coordinating the groups. Gina did this the old-fashion way by taking down names, phone numbers, addresses and calling the needy and the volunteers as well as making home visits in order to access the situation and their needs in person. She has made countless trips to Lavallette as well as stayed for long periods of time long after other disaster reliefs moved on. Gina along with her husband Peter provided a trailer filled with supplies for cleanup, rebuilding supplies. appliances, clothing, medical equipment and the much needed manpower (skilled and unskilled) to our little town. I personally have made several requests for assistance for my family, neighbors and friends in Lavallette and Gina has always responded and sent help in every case. There are countless other stories in both towns of Gina Cavallo and her husband Peter of the Paying it Forward Foundation on the Barrier Island. She has dedicated herself in a selfless manner to this project and has made a huge impact on the recovery going on in Lavallette helping hundreds of homeowners..Gina continued to provide thousands of hours for several years to the recovery process helping homeowners return home. During the winter months she also provided free plowing and shoveling services in Lavallette for the Elderly and Special Needs..In January 2013 a homeowner from Lavallette wanted to offer her money for helping them get back home, but Gina would not accept any money. The family than established a Non-Profit group called “Paying It Forward Foundation and gifted it to Gina for her help. In 2014 a Council representative from Lavallette reached out to Gina to see if she could provide any assistance to the rebuilding of the Firehouse Senior Center, the Paying It Forward Foundation donated $5000.00 towards the Lavallette Senior Center..She has continued to be an almost daily presence with her groups of volunteers who act generously without any expectation of being paid back. As a permanent resident of Lavallette who has been seriously affected by Sandy, I have personally witness the excellent work done by Gina Cavallo and I wholeheartedly nominate her as a New Jersey Hero..



Hi Gina ~ I am Adam’s daughter, Rocco is my husband. Margaret is my Aunt. I have some pictures from the other day in Ortley. I will tag you in them. Thank you so much for helping my Aunt and Dad. You are a blessing!

~ Suzanne Aquilone


Congratulations for and your organization @Paying It Forward Foundation for making the semi-finals for the White House Champion of Change, it is well deserved acknowledgement. Your giving heart to our New Jersey Communities is amazing. Thank you.
~ Laura Cole Gonzalez


BY Abby Tierney:

Thank you to the Paying it Forward Foundation for their generous donation of beautiful winter coats (ranging in all size for both girls and boys), hygiene kits, and socks to the kids of the Cat in the Hat program in Afghanistan. All these items were sorely needed.


From a soldier currently serving in Afghanistan and who volunteers at the Cat in the Hat program:

Volunteered at the Cat in the Hat center today and got to see some amazing kids so eager to learn! A real eye opener and they teach me just as much as I am trying to teach them. One thing I can ask for is if you are willing to donate a huge thing right now in the winter months is shoes and socks. These kids vary in sizes but they are about the age and size of a 4/5 year old to 11/12 year old. Saw a kid with wet socks and sandals today because he didnt have any other shoes. We bring them to the back of the class and give them fresh socks and sometimes replace their shoes if they are bad enough. My motivation?? These children are the future generation of this country and I’m pretty sure I want a child to grow up with compassion and love for us rather then hate and disgust. Just like any other little boy they are hyper and outgoing and LOVE to play games…and punch every once and a while 😉 haha ♥♥



I would like to thank the Paying It Forward Foundation for all of the help you are providing for us here in Ortley Beach. I have called on you at least THREE times and every time you have helped me with the clean out and clean up of my house. I, and I am sure I can speak for many homeowners in Ortley Beach, am so grateful for all of your help. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! God bless you!

~ Kathy D’Amico Schlesinger


Shannon, you and Gina Cavallo were there when we needed to know people out there beyond the flood line knew we needed help. You responded to our call for help none of us knowing how to begin. You made a call, posted a need and it all began. Thank you for hearing us call out into the darkness. Thank you for bringing us to the light of hope. Shannon you and Gina Cavallo are our Knights in mud filled armor, carrying the banner “We are strong”, leading the crusade. Six months later you still hear our cries and you still come to our aid. We are blessed having you and so many volunteers who only care to help and love on our side. Mark this day 6 months then a new sunrise to start again giving, caring and believing we can recover.Today I take ownership of my home, my life and say ” I Am Jersey Strong”. Bless you all!
~ Carol Raab Galionee Davis


Thank you so much for your help!!! My dad is in a wheelchair, the storm took our walkways and ramp for him to get in and out of the house. not even a splinter left…insurance doesn’t cover it. You already sent someone to my house to look into rebuilding the walkway and ramp….you can’t imagine the burden this takes off of me….your organization is a god send…
~ Denise Gavala


I remember when I first spoke with you. My family was separated, my husband, 2 dogs and I were living in a hotel for almost 2 months and we where not getting another extension. We were about to be homeless and you where sick with the flu. You put yourself aside and made contacts and connections in lightning speed. Because of your selfless and compassionate actions my family has been made whole again and we now live in a place I can only describe as heaven on earth. And now I am so grateful I can ‘pay it forward.’ God Bless Angels like you!
~ Michele Doerflein



THANKS TO GINA I WAS DELIVERED A QUEEN BOXSPRING AND MATTRESS TONIGHT,,, HAVENT SLEPT IN ALMOST9 WEEKS,,,, PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE,IT RESTORES YOUR FAITH IN HUMANITY,, KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, AND GOD BLESS ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AND PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP, I PRAY THAT WE ALL GET THE HELP THAT IS NEEDED AND OUR LIVES ARE RESTORED BACK TO NORMAL.

~ Ginger Hamel-Schreiber


Thank You Gina Cavallo for all your unselfish, hard work and devotion, for making a difference in our lives, shedding light and hope!!!
~ Janet Yanez Rivera



A BIG thank you to Gina Cavallo and this FANTASTIC foundation!!!! My husband has a real hard time walking and couldn’t do many things with our adopted 11yr.old son. NOW he can thanks to Gina getting us a wheelchair!!!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

~ Doreen Friedel Keiser


My daughter and I were lost as to how to have our condo unit taken care of as far as the removal of the wet, molded dry wall. There wasn’t any help in sight from the insurance and no light at the end of the tunnel from the Owner’s Association. It was then that the Foundation of “Paying It Forward in West Orange” came to our aid. Without hesitation they came in and helped us. They gutted the entire unit down to the studs in the most professional manner. The crew that came treated our condo as if they were working on their own. The crew, as I refer them as, worked from 9:30 am until after 4:00 pm only taking a very short break for a water and sandwich, which they brought themselves. What an experience. I didn’t think that people like the people that belong to “Paying It Forward Foundation West Orange” existed in the world. I don’t think I will ever be able to repay their kindness, but I know going forward, I will follow their lead. Paying it forward. Thank you again for all your help, my daughter and I now can see the light at the end of the tunnel and you were the ones that made that happen.
~ Kathleen Abel, Ortley Beach


**A Message From a Grateful Homeowner**
Gina, it was such a relief having that huge tree downed. You are the best. The team came and downed the tree on a dime. Then you sent some Seton hall Prep young to help remove some of the debris. When asked why they said, because it feels like the right thing to do. We would come here to enjoy the shore now we can help restore it. Wow from High school students. One young man said he connected with Gina Cavallo and she sends him where he can help. Those Grassroots run deep with generosity. Bless you all for making this nightmare into something we could only dream of being restored.**
~ Carol Raab Galione Davis


By Diana Kochan,

Gina Cavallo is a true New Jersey Hero. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy Gina has stepped up in a remarkable way to help the town and residents of Lavallette and Ortley Beach recover and rebuild. Shortly after the storm Lavallette.org posted a notice announcing Project Connect. It was to be way to organize the volunteer groups contacting the Borough with the many residents in need of help by way of sending your information by email. After several weeks the Borough Hall workers were inundated with requests and offers but were unable to coordinate the matching of those in need with the helpers due to their tremendous daily workload. The worthy project was at a standstill. This created frustration as town residents desperately needed assistance and the volunteers were ready to go but the mechanism to make the project work was faulty with a backlog of emails requesting and offering help and no one to make it work. This is when Gina Cavallo stepped in. When she heard of the need for someone to organize this project she called the borough of Lavallette on December 5, 2012 and volunteered to take over the task of connecting the groups of volunteers with residents. From the first day she took on this project it became a working and viable way to provide much needed assistance to our town. The Borough of Lavallette sent her the emails of help requests and volunteer offers and Gina began the daunting task of coordinating the groups. Gina did this the old-fashion way by taking down names, phone numbers, addresses and calling the needy and the volunteers. She has made countless trips to Lavallette bringing supplies for cleanup and the much needed manpower to our little town. I personally have made several requests for assistance for my family, neighbors and friends in Lavallette and Gina has always responded and sent help in every case. There are countless other stories in both towns of Gina Cavallo paying it forward on the barrier island. She has dedicated herself in a selfless manner to this project and has made a huge impact on the recovery going on in Lavallette. In January 2013 Gina Cavallo established a non-profit group called “Paying It Forward Foundation and she has continued to be an almost daily presence with her groups of volunteers who act generously without any expectation of being paid back. As a permanent resident of Lavallette who has been seriously affected by Sandy, I have personally witness the excellent work done by Gina Cavallo and I wholeheartedly nominate her as a New Jersey Hero.


Gina, you have your finger on the pulse of the Shore…FEMA, government, insurance companies don’t care about people only the bottom line. Contractors see homeowners as cash cows and take advantage of a horrible situation. You and others like you see on a day to day basis what is required and go in and do it…where would so many people who have lost so much be without your help, guidance, care, understanding, and take charge attitude. Angels do take on human form…you prove that on a daily basis.
~ Kathy Lammers

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