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2015 Elf on the Run

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Welcome to the Elf on the Run Challenge!

This challenge will run from December 1-12, 2015 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 Monday, DECEMBER 14th 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 five (5) of the missions. In the introduction email, which will be sent out prior to December 1st, there will be #ElfontheRun Mission Accomplished Form. It will also be available on the event FaceBook page.

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), 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 five 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- Coffee Cups (etc) for Emmaus House 8-10 oz Styrofoam coffee cups are needed for our local soup kitchen. 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! Recently, some of our Fleet Feet CREW runners have been volunteering there and really have enjoyed it!

December 2nd- 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 3rd- Glue Sticks for HUGS (Heads Up Guidance Services, Inc)- Glue sticks are needed for the weekly creative space community workshops. 

December 4th- Dog or Cat Treats for Humane Society of Savannah- Hunter is a rescue from this Humane Society 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 5th- 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 our fellow Savannah runners that are deployed.

December 6th- Canned Food for Blessings in a Bookbag Let’s help these kids at Brock Elementary and fill their bookbags so they don’t go hungry on the weekends.

{Monday} December 7th- Loop it Up Savannah- Colored pencils and regular pencils for ‘at-promise’ kids can continue to be creative through this unique non-profit. Stay tuned to the FaceBook page for a special event on this day to be able to do artwork with the kids!

December 8th- Adult Socks for both Senior Citizens, Inc AND JC Lewis Cancer Center (the elves will split the donations an even 50/50. Both groups are on the NICE LIST from the North Pole!)

December 9th- Index Cards  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!

December 10th– Baby Wipes for Safe Shelter (Domestic Abuse Shelter)

December 11th-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 12th- $1 (or more) towards the Savannah Bicycle Campaign “New Standard Cycle” campaign to rebuild bikes for refugees. Our donations will go towards lights for bikes. As runners we know how important lights and being seen are to runners and cyclists alike!

 

 And check back soon for an easy to print Shopping List, direct from the North Pole!

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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

February RUNject

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1,800 Meals on Wheels get delivered each day to home bound seniors in our community. Sometimes this is their only interaction with another human being a day. With the ‘day of love’ coming up, I thought I would challenge the runners to making 500 valentines to be put with their meals!

Teachers! This is a great tool for your kids in your class. 

So grab your construction paper, plain white paper or heck, even buy the $3 box of Finding Nemo Valentines and write out a quick note about why you think they rock or a little poem.

DROP OFF YOUR CARDS AT FLEET FEET, there will be a box there to put it on the main side of the store!

Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you!

They are due February 9th, because I have to get them to Senior Citizens, Inc by 2/10/15 so they can get them with the meals etc.

Questions: email me at Victoriaruns1@gmail dot com

Elf on the Run 2014 Recap

It’s amazing what 12 days, 148 runners and one little idea can do for our community.

Let’s break down the numbers of the 2nd Annual Elf on the Run….

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213 Dog & Cat Treats or Food Items for One Love Pet Rescue

1214 Tolietry Items for Union Mission

3 Boxes of Cards for our three local runners who are deployed in Afghanistan

Trash pick up during run/walk

5,805 coffee cups & 1,078 plates for Emmaus House (soup kitchen)

Over 200 Canned Goods for SAFE Shelter (domestic abuse shelter)

202 Glues for Urban Hope after school program

459 markers & 388 paint brushes for Coastal Center for Developmental Services via the Along Came Bill Foundation

$162 for background checks for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Coastal GA

396 pairs of socks for Greenbriar Children’s Home

115 packs of index cards & 482 highlighters for Performance Initiatives after school tutoring 

Free Day- Elves planned food drives, made cookies for co-workers, read extra to their children, donated to their favorite charity and spread holiday cheer throughout our community!

 

Thank you, Elves, for all the hard work and fun! See you in June for a fun, new Christmas in July RUNject.

And stay tuned for a February RUNject that will feature Valentines…..

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

RUNject

I am so excited to announce the upcoming RUNject!

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 Now you may be asking what do kids that just competed for a slot on the International Weightlifting Team have to do with running?

A whole hell of a lot.

Dedication.

Endurance.

Heart.

Time.

Spirit.

And overcoming milestones, disappointment, and struggle in their personal lives.

Performance Initiatives creates a safe haven for at-risks kids to learn, grow and focus on a sport when other things may not be in focus. They help provide a constant and use the sport as the reward. Students must keep above an 80% in all school work in order to travel with the team. I could keep going on about their good work– but I would love for you to check it out yourself.

AND…. we have four Savannah athletes who have made the WORLD TEAM. Ahem, that is WORLD, freakin’ TEAM. Like a youth Olympics in their sport. HUGE DEAL! One of the athletes, Terry, is a two-time national Champion in the 62kg division. Amazing!

So join us on Monday, October 6th for a SEND OFF RALLY! Bring your smiles, good spirits and RSVP on FaceBook.

 

RUNject

Send Off Rally

Monday, October 6th at 6pm

Location: Performance Initiatives- 2021 Tennessee Ave

RUNjects

Each quarter, we gather and do RUNjects for our local community! RUNjects are community service projects that take runners off the pavement and help us give back to the community! We have done a Tybee Beach Sweep, bagged groceries for seniors and participated in a 12-Day event for various charities around the Holidays.