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816 W. Beardsley Ave
P. O. Box 159
Elkhart, In. 46515
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Official Indiana State Coordinators for Pay It Forward

Sometimes it just feels good, to do something good!!

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"Love One Another" - John 15:12

On December 1, 1991 when two total strangers jumped in frigid water and saved director Debbie Micola's 7 year old daughter from their submerged car, they told her she could "re-pay" them by reaching out with kindness to someone else. Debbie promised, not knowing how she would but knowing one day she would "re-pay" them. Soon before her granddaughter was about to start kindergarten, God showed Debbie how she would keep her promise and what her mission in life was. Then Santa's Pantry-Pay It Forward was born. Read More

Martin's employees receive candy roses on Valentine's day

"Pay It Forward" is the most simple but yet most powerful movement in the world today. All you need to do is reach out with kindness to someone else. If they ask how they can "pay you back", you ask them to Pay It Forward to someone else by doing a kind deed. Thus, spreading kindness all over the world. Us at Santa's Pantry know that a random act of kindness can have a huge impact on someone's life. It is our desire to inspire such kind acts and continue the ripple effect of kindness that is happening worldwide, right here in Indiana all during the year!

We have two Pay It Forward(4H) Clubs.One in Elkhart and another in Mishawaka. We work with students from 3rd - 12th grade teaching them by example about reaching out to others and their community with kindness. Students have helped at soup kitchens, made scarves for the homeless, Christmas stockings for soldiers, homemade dog treats for shelters, refurbished a outdoor classroom, built a sounding wall at Woodlawn Nature Center along with various random acts of kindness in the community. Read More

Leaving candy canes to brighten someone's day

Shoveling around fire hydrants during a monthly Pay It Forward Day activity

We hold monthly Pay It Forward Days where volunteers gather and hit the streets with kindness. We focus our efforts in Indiana, primarily in the Michiana area of Indiana. During our monthly activities we do things like give out candy and flowers, bottled water for firemen fighting fires, hand warmers for outdoor workers, put encouraging notes in dressing rooms (smile you're beautiful!), pay for others meals and perscriptions and read to nursing home residents. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Pay It Forward Days are a great time to get the entire family involved. They only last about an hour but offer the chance to show God's love and kindness to others in our community.(Love your neighbor as yourself - Matthew 22:39) People from all walks of life, all ages, all races and all denominations come together on these days, it is truly amazing! We say a short non-denominational prayer before we go asking God to let us be His hands and feet and to lead us to those that need Him and need to know they're loved. We do not minister to people unless they ask for prayer. We simply smile and ask them to "Pay It Forward". Contact Debbie to get involved 574-361-3338!!

We hold several Pay It Forward Events during the year. We have raised over 8 tons of food for local pantries and kitchens, 2000 books to promote literacy, 1500 boxes of school supplies for students, 2000 personal care items for shelters, given 50 monetary donations to local charities and much more.(Matthew 25: 35-40) Some of our events include the annual: Pay It Forward Festival, Beach Party Bash, and "Where's Santa?". We do not have a paid staff. We are all volunteers. Our office was donated by Lindahl Photography and our storage space donated by The Amish Mall. In a nutshell, we strive to keep our overhead costs down. So when you see a event is hosted by us, you can be assured that the money and/or goods from it will go back into our community.

Over 600 blankets have been collected for local homeless

Co-Founders Simon and Debbie Micola

So you've read this far, you understand what we do but..........."Santa's Pantry"? Why the name? That's a long story, lol Click Here to read it.

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