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Jacksonville community is invited to give-back this holiday season

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Tis the season for giving! Simon Property Group is pleased to announce that this holiday season, The Avenues is supporting three local not-for-profits including Ronald McDonald House Charities, The Salvation Army and UCOM UrbanServ in an effort to spread generosity and cheer to the less fortunate. The Avenues will accept donations for each organization until December 21, 2015.

“We are thrilled that the Jacksonville community is so supportive of our local not-for-profit groups, and are pleased to be working with these dynamic charities during the holiday season,” said Carla De Maria, director of marketing and business development at The Avenues. “Giving back is truly the reason for the season, and it is a joy to see the city working together for these special causes.”

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville supports the health and well-being of children by providing lodging and other services for critically ill, chronically ill and seriously injured children and their families. The 30-bedroom house allows families to stay together and close to their children during a very trying time. To help provide for these families, The Avenues is serving as a drop-off location for Wish List items, which include items such as paper towels, laundry detergent, non-perishable foods and cleaning supplies. For a detailed list of wish-list items, please visit:

The mission of The Salvation Army during the holiday season is two-fold. The organization has set up their traditional red-kettles outside The Avenues to support the agency’s hunger and homelessness programs, such as the food pantry, throughout the year. The Avenues is also participating in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, a 36-year old program that provides Christmas gifts for children ages 0-12 whose families have proven financial hardship. The community is invited to pick an angel from the tree. When you pick an angel from the tree, you will have the information you need to make that child’s Christmas brighter, including the child’s first name, clothing size, age, and details about what kinds of gifts they might like to receive.

For more than 35 years, UCOM UrbanServ, Inc has worked tirelessly to serve the hungry and poor in our community. This year, Jacksonville residents can drop off nonperishable goods at The Avenues during the holiday season and help UCOM UrbanServ ensure that no one in our community goes hungry.

About The Avenues
The Avenues is Jacksonville’s premier family-friendly shopping destination. A multi-level indoor shopping center offering more than 1.1 million square-feet of shopping, The Avenues is home to 5 department stores including Belk, Dillard’s, Forever 21, JCPenney and Sears, plus more than 150 of the most exciting stores in Northeast Florida. Retailers include Aeropostale, Aldo, American Eagle, Banana Republic, bareMinerals, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Charming Charlie, Express, Francesca’s Collections, H&M, LOFT, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, MAC Cosmetics, New York & Company, The Limited, Victoria’s Secret, and more. The mall is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. For additional information, please contact the mall management office at (904) 363-3054 or visit


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