Elf on the Run 2014

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Welcome to the Elf on the Run Challenge!

This challenge will run from December 1-12, 2014 to show our local Savannah community {runners and non-runners} how easy it is to give back. 

Community Service can be as simple as giving an hour of your day, index cards to an after school program, or reading an extra book to your kids at night.

I fully believe that “you never stand so tall as when you bend down to help someone up”.

Please read the below in its entirety…. it’s long but filled with lots of holly jolly spirit.

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If you have not already signed up to get the official Elf on the Run updates from the North Pole, please do so HERE. Please sign up BY DECEMBER 1st. Of course, the Head Elf can probably get a pass from Santa if you come on to the team late. You just may have to sway him with a cookie or carrot for the reindeer 😉 Just Kidding!

Below are the 12 Challenges. While each day has a challenge, you do not need to do them on that day {except Day #11}. There will be a Holiday Drop off bin at Fleet Feet Savannah aka Elf Central. Place your mission item in the bins, no need to put your name on the item {Fleet Feet is open Monday-Saturday 10-6pm}. Items must be placed in the bins BY DECEMBER 13th at NOON!!! 

Of course, the Head Elf would love for everyone to complete all 12 challenges, but in order to be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing (valued over $100!) you must complete at least four (4) of the missions. In the introduction email, which will be sent out prior to December 1st, there will be #ElfontheRun Mission Accomplished Form. Fill this simple form out to be entered in to win!

But that’s not only way to win! Stay active in the FaceBook event page to win Best Use of Coupons, Most Creative Cards (best handmade), Best Costume at the Run, etc etc. Be active in the group, use the #ElfontheRun on all social media outlets and let’s have fun!

Again, you do not need to do all 12 challenges. You can pick any four and drop them off at anytime between December 1st and 12th to qualify to win the grand prize {winner will be drawn from qualified entries}. Just fill out the above final form to be entered.

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December 1st- Letter to our Troops– Write a letter on a notecard or piece of paper, place it in an envelope and I’ll do the rest! Don’t have a card? There are some extras next to the “mailbox” at Elf Central. We are sending letters to THREE of our fellow Savannah runners that are deployed to Afghanistan.

December 2nd- Coffee Cups (etc) for Emmaus House 8-10 oz Styrofoam coffee cups are needed for our local soup kitchen or heavy-duty, 3-section paper plates. Emmaus House serves between 130-170 meals each morning and not just a coffee and bagel but a MEAL. Sometimes its fried chicken and all the fixin’s! 

December 3rd- Socks for Greenbriar Kids Kids at Greenbriar have socks on their wish list. Socks at Wal-Mart, Target, and Dollar General are inexpensive and can help a family in need, especially during these winter months. Socks are needed for ages 12 and up!

December 4th- Toiletries for Union Mission On a monthly basis, Union Mission provides 7,500 shelter nights, 20,000+ meals and supportive services (counseling, recovery services, employment and training).  They are in need of Toiletries, so full size or travel sizes {like I always collect on my travels}.

December 5th- $1 For Big Brothers, Big Sisters Every time someone wants to volunteer with Big Brother, Big Sister and become a Big, they have to undergo a background check which costs the organization about $50 a piece. Let’s help offset FOUR! Yet, that’s Santa’s goal! If we have 200 people in #ElfontheRun… and everyone gives $1…. There will be an envelope at Elf Central to put your money into. 

December 6th- Elmer’s Glue for Urban Hope– Urban Hope provides a safe haven for inner-city kids and provides them with mentoring, activities and a place to go after school with a positive role model. Elmer’s glue is needed for mentoring! Again, another low cost item that can help build a child’s future.

December 7th- Your Choice Read an extra book to your kids, open the door for someone, help an elderly person to their car with their groceries. Simple kindness goes a long way!

December 8th-Pick up 5 Pieces of Trash on your Run/Walk- Bring a bag and get to work on your run!! Pick up some litter and recycle {if it can be} or throw away what cannot be recycled!

December 9th- Dog or Cat Treats for One Love Animal Rescue Hunter is a rescue and we all know how adorable his little mutt face is! And who doesn’t want cute little rescues to have treats during the Holidays? We all know that Santa loves cookies and so do animals!

December 10th- Index Cards and Highlighters for Performance Initiatives– This program is amazing and the kids are the best ever! They are running low on index cards and use it to study after school five days a week. Help these athletes keep up with their great study habits that they learned at Performance Initiatives and provide them with index cards and/or highlighters!

December 11th- FUN RUN!!! Bring a canned good for SAFE Shelter {Domestic Abuse Shelter} and get into the Festival of Lights and RUN THE COURSE FOR FREE {savings of $5 per person}. Details will be a separate event on Victoria Run’s Facebook page, because this event will be open to those outside of ‘Elf on the Run’ challenge participants. But don’t worry… they are not entered into Santa’s Drawing!

December 12th- Paint Brushes (small art ones) or Markers for Coastal Center for Developmental Services- Santa is working with the Along Came Bill Foundation in partnership with Coastal Center for Developmental Services. Adults with development disabilities will use these art supplies to work on art projects while in Day Habilitation.

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Thank you for helping the North Pole bring a little extra holiday spirit to Savannah’s community!

Any questions? Email Victoria at victoriaruns1 at gmail.com

One thought on “Elf on the Run 2014”

  1. I gave my granddaughter Amelia money and my Elf on the Run list. She loves to go to the drug stores and get the best value possible, using coupons and the such. She will check out 5 times if that is what it takes to use coupons from coupons.com, newspaper adds etc. She enjoyed doing this for me and it gives our youth an idea of how precious a glue stick , toothpaste, or a cup for some coffee is to some people.
    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach my grands about giving. You are the ” Rock” of our community…along with all of us running around town Elves…we will always be there for you.
    Merry Christmas
    Sherry

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