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Merry Meals to Feed 250 Families in Northwest Indiana

December 9, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

Merry Meals Will Feed 250 Families in Northwest Indiana by Jim SimsIt is that time of year again that many families gather together for holiday celebrations. It can also be a time of stress.

With increased prices and reduced or no wages, it adds additional stress for many families in Northwest Indiana. This is why it is so important for us as a community to pull together to help. 

Merry Meals, which is just a group of small town people trying to make a huge difference right in our own community, is doing just that! 

Merry Meals has been collecting donations from local businesses, organizations and individuals within the Duneland communities of Chesterton, Valparaiso and Portage Indiana in an effort to feed 250 deserving families a holiday meal! 

Each boxed Merry Meal is to include a 10-12 pound turkey, mashed or scalloped potatoes, stuffing, multiple cans of vegetables, corn bread mix, dessert and a fruit basket. 

The 250 deserving families from Northwest Indiana who received a gift card will be able to pick up their Merry Meal on December 18, 2010 at the Duneland Family YMCA located in Chesterton Indiana from 1pm to 4pm.

Many thanks should go out to all the local businesses, organizations and individuals that are volunteering their time to help the Duneland communities of Chesterton, Valparaiso and Portage in Porter County Indiana.

Do you want to help 250 deserving families in Northwest Indiana this holiday season? 

Food donations are still being accepted at the Duneland Family YMCA located at 215 Roosevelt Street in Chesterton Indiana. Simply let them know you are donating for Merry Meals.

If you prefer to eat out and show your support, visit Valpo Velvet Shoppe on Saturday, December 11, 2010 and make a purchase. 15 percent of sale proceeds are being donated to Merry Meals! Valpo Velvet Shoppe is located at 55 Monroe Street in downtown Valparaiso Indiana near the Von Tobels Hardware store.

It is organizations like Merry Meals and the willingness of the people who live in Northwest Indiana to help, to share and to get involved locally that makes the Duneland communities of Chesterton, Valparaiso and Portage Indiana such a great place to live. If you want to get more involved in your community, just ask me how.

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Jim Sims

Jim Sims is a licensed Realtor with McColly Real Estate. With a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Purdue University Calumet, he loves to leverage the best of today's technology to achieve his clients real estate goals. While Jim facilitates real estate needs throughout Northwest Indiana, he specializes in the Northern Porter County communities of Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Portage and Porter Indiana. Learn more about Jim and visit

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8 Responses to “Merry Meals to Feed 250 Families in Northwest Indiana”
  1. As an active participant of the planning committee for Merry Meals, it has been exciting to see how our grass roots efforts have grown since last year when we distributed 75 Merry Meals throughout Northwest Indiana. This year we took it to a whole new level of generosity in Porter County Indiana. Thanks to everyone who has donated food, money and their time. God Bless!

  2. Jim Sims says:

    It’s great to see the members of the Chesterton Indiana getting involved in projects like this. Thank you James and to all others involved!!!

  3. Steve Cardwell says:

    Thanks for letting us know about this. I have someone in mind here in Portage to give a voucher for one of these.

  4. Please contact me direct to discuss how Merry Meals can help this family in Portage Indiana. In a season of giving, let’s give back a little holiday cheer to our community.

  5. Steve Cardwell says:

    Follow-up: My recipient family has 4 kids and was very appreciative. I know it went to a good cause.

  6. That’s great to hear. Glad that we could help a deserving family in our great community of Chesterton Indiana. Be advised that next year we will be on a mission to help 500 families in Northwest Indiana for the holidays and we will be looking for more help and supporters.

  7. Jim Sims says:

    That’s great to hear! Thanks again to James Barath and all others that worked so hard to put Merry Meals together and make it a success! Looking forward to being more involved in it next year.


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