Michiana Pay It Forward Foundation

(formally Santa's Pantry)

Creating a Ripple Effect of Kindness in Todays Youth

Our Signature Events

Where's Santa - Holiday Hunt


The first Friday of every December, Santa and Mrs. Claus come to visit The Wellfield Botanical Gardens on Main Street in Elkhart. However, Santa always seems to sneak away from Mrs. Claus. She needs the help of children to find where Santa is hiding every year. Children follow clues given by Santa's elves along their journey and learn all about Paying It Forward with hands on activities that are later given to community members.

To pre-order your tickets for this event, please contact the Wellfield Botanical Gardens Here

The Santa Stroll




The most festive event of the Christmas season!! Downtown Elkhart turns into a sea of red with walkers and runners, of all different experience levels, hitting the streets to support Paying It Forward with acts of kindness. This chip timed event offers a 1 mile fun walk, the Festive 5k walk/run and the Jingle All The Way 10K run. Results are posted live online and on site. Prizes for top age categories and best costume. FREE Santa suit if registered before Thanksgiving! For more information and to get registered please visit Santa Run Elkhart