Michiana Pay It Forward Foundation

(formally Santa's Pantry)

Creating a Ripple Effect of Kindness in Todays Youth

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We Are Changing The World, One Student At A Time!

Pay It Forward....

Definition: To do an act of kindness for 1 - 3 others without expectation of return. If they ask how they can repay you, you ask them to "pay it forward" with a kind act to someone else, creating a ripple effect of kindness.

Giving Back

With many "hands-on" activities in our community, The Michiana Pay It Forward Foundation teaches students the simple joy of giving without expecting something from it. Our club members say that receiving smiles, thank-you's and hugs mean more then receiving something material. We couldn't agree more!

Spread The Love

Our members realize that our world can be a tough place. They see bullying and hate around them like we all do. However, instead of accepting that behavior, they commit to fight it by showing love for others unconditionally.

Everyone Can Do It!

All 7 Billion of us on this planet have the ability to Pay It Forward. Call a loved one to say hi. Hold a door open for someone. Smile and tell someone to have a nice day. The best acts of kindness are often those that do not cost a dime.

Role Models

Children look up to adults for guidance. Help us as a community become good role models for our children. Bring your children and join us for an hour at one of our monthly Pay It Forward Days! These days consist of going out in our community and doing acts of kindness. Quality family time while helping others -- It's a Win Win!!

Leaders Wanted

We are looking for fun loving adults to become Pay It Forward Club leaders. You name the age group, meeting days, times and location. We help you with ideas and funding. If you're looking for a way to give back and teach a child a lesson that they will take with them a lifetime, contact Debbie Micola at DebbieMicola@comcast.net to learn how to get started.

The Santa Run and Stroll

Each year, hundreds of "Santa's" hit the streets of Bristol, In (walking or running) on the second Saturday of December, to raise awareness of the Pay It Forward concept and to support The Michiana Pay It Forward Foundation. Learn more at www.santarunelkhart.org

Where's Santa - Holiday Hunt

The Michiana Pay It Forward Foundation and The Wellfield Botanical Gardens partner every year on the first Firday of December to bring you the Where's Santa - Holiday Hunt event. This is a family friendly event at Wellfield Botanical Gardens where families can come and enjoy the breath taking Christmas lights while visiting various "stations" to do simple Pay It Forward activities. Guests enjoy cookies and cocoa while they try to find Santa as well. Many nonprofit organizations benefit from this event. Over 2000 "thank you" notes have been written to soldiers, 1500 small trinkets wrapped for incentive prizes for teachers to use, 2500 Christmas cards made for nursing home residents, 500 dog bones made for local shelters and much more. Along with the activities, we collect toys for Toys For Tots with several hundred being donated for those in need locally. So mark your calendars for the first Friday in December and come join the fun while Paying It Forward!!