MILES FOR MERRY MIRACLES

The Christmas and giving season will begin soon and for those wanting to do a little more this year, there is an amazing way to work side by side with hundreds of your closest friends to make the 2016 holiday season memorable for local children living in poverty.

“The Salvation Army is preparing for another year that families in our community will be looking to us to bring the magic of Christmas to their homes" Roxanne Haley, Business Manager, for The Salvation Army in New Albany, said. "With the need of services for our humblest of citizens we appreciate Miles for Merry Miracles’ strong commitment to continually enhance their program so that the hundreds of children in our community will have the opportunity to receive a gift this year. Their unique approach in getting hundreds of volunteers involved each year over the last 8 years is a testament that the youth in our community have made and will continue to make a difference in the lives of many."

The Miles for Merry Miracles Triple Crown of Service is a series of well-coordinated events to benefit The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program and members of our community. Individuals may participate in any or all three "legs" and should register online at www.m4mm.org to do the run/walk and or the area’s largest Angel Tree Shopping Spree. Participants of the program or those who commit to sponsoring an Angel Tree child with toys, shoes and clothing will receive a Free T-shirt and be eligible for prizes during the run and shopping event. There is no additional entry fee required to participate. 

 Here are the fun events you can get involved in:

  1. Saturday, December 3rd 10 am (Early Registration beginning at 9 am) will be the Miles for Merry Miracles 9th Annual 5k Community Fun/Run Walk at the New Albany Amphitheatre. Contests and entertainment make this a fun event.
  2. The following Saturday, December 10th from 10 am til 6 pm will be the area’s largest and funnest Angel Tree Shopping Spree at the Grant Line Road Wal-Mart in New Albany. Flash mob caroling, scavenger hunts, dedicated shopping lanes, tax free shopping and special discounts; elf gear and snack make this a shopping spree like no other.
  3. Finally, on Saturday, December 17th the Miles for Merry Miracles Angel Tree Holiday Celebration will be held from 10 am til 6 pm.   Hundreds of preregistered volunteers will have the chance to participate in this life changing event when over 600 meals will be served to local children and their families. Children get to visit Santa, make crafts and enjoy live music

Miles for Merry Miracles (M4MM) is a Southern Indiana community based, youth led organization that partners with the Salvation Army to provide hundreds of local children clothes, shoes, toys and food they might not otherwise have during the holidays.  In its 8th year, the youth driven organization’s lofty goal of matching up 300 Angel with sponsors will put them to nearly 4000 angels since its humble beginning in 2008.

Angel Tree Sponsors can sign up at www.m4mm.org for the organizations 5k Community Fun Run/Walk and Indiana’s largest Angel Tree Shopping Spree. Instead of paying a registration fee they commit to sponsor an Angel Tree Child(ren) through the M4MM program. Participants choose an “angel” in need to adopt by selecting gender and age category. The site then emails the donor the adoptees first name, secure and private Angel Tree code along with sizes and categories, (beginning mid-November) and information about where to participate in the program’s run, Miles for Merry Miracles (M4MM) is a Southern Indiana community based, youth led organization that partners with the Salvation Army to provide hundreds of local children gifts and food they might not otherwise have during the holidays.  

 “In our ninth year of offering the Miles for Merry Miracles Program, we wanted to offer the ability for individuals, families, coworkers, sports teams and other groups to make adopting a Salvation Army Angel an annual holiday tradition,” said Sophia Palmer, serving her second year as the M4MM Youth Board President and senior at Floyd Central. “By incorporating  enhancements to the adoption experience, supporters now have the means to come together and significantly impact more families in need this season. Features such as online registration, angel category selection, and mobile accessibility, as well as bar code technology will make it easier for people to donate gifts Miles for Merry Miracles (M4MM) is a Southern Indiana community based, youth led organization that partners with the Salvation Army to provide hundreds of local children gifts and food they might not otherwise have during the holidays.  

This year’s enhancements allow supporters to register for the run any time after October 5th and/or to adopt and select a Salvation Army Angel Tree child on the Web or by using a mobile browser. It is now easier for an individual, a family or a group to adopt multiple children. This year, there are new resources available for inviting others to join an adopting group on facebook, making a donation to paypal or FirstGiving, post on Pinterest and to send tweets.

“One of our goals is to help more individuals in the Southern Indiana area embrace a Physically Fit, Fiscally Fit and Spiritually Fit lifestyle while achieving a goal of sponsoring 300 Angel Tree Children in our community this holiday season”, said Sophia. 

 

Please be sure to visit www.m4mm.org for more information, or contact Youth Leadership Board President Sophia Palmer at 502-548-5733 or email Sophia.palmer@m4mm.org

 

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