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Miami HEAT Basketball Player Ray Allen Making Holiday Wishes Come True for Miami Area Kids

MIAMI (December 20, 2012) – Miami HEAT guard Ray Allen will team up with Miami Rescue Mission and Chapman Partnership to provide children in need of a holiday boost with gifts this Sunday afternoon at the Dadeland Mall.

A Giving Tree with 420 ornaments will be set up in the mall. Each ornament will have a wish list item printed on it and shoppers who pick an ornament will have the opportunity to buy the gift for the child. 180 wish items will come from children at the Miami Rescue Mission and 240 wish items will come from children at Chapman Partnership. Miami Rescue Mission and Chapman Partnership will work with their centers to include children in the most need of a holiday boost from all over the area. As part of the season of giving, Allen will be on hand from 3:00 - 5:00 pm to sign an autograph as a thank you for each gift purchased.

About The Ray of Hope Foundation
The Ray of Hope Foundation assists with sports-related and community-based programs and provides avenues of opportunity through which our youth can "hope" to realize their full potential. The Ray of Hope Foundation has helped charitable organizations in several parts of the country fulfill their mission of assisting children in need. From Diabetes research, providing kids in low-income areas with safe and productive activities, to helping young students build greater self-esteem; the foundation is focused on continuing its positive work.

About The HEAT Group
The HEAT Group is comprised of the National Basketball Association’s Miami HEAT and the 19,600-seat AmericanAirlines Arena. The HEAT won its first championship in 2006 and its second in 2012. The franchise is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season (2012-13). The AmericanAirlines Arena is a state-of-the-art facility which hosts over 150 events per year. For more information, please visit HEAT.com and AAArena.com.

About Miami Rescue Mission, Inc. (MRM)
Miami Rescue Mission, Inc. (MRM), a Florida 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a charitable faith based ministry providing spiritual, physical, and essential services to homeless and impoverished men, women, and children. We provide food, shelter, recovery programs, and transitional housing at our three campuses in Miami, Hollywood, and Pompano Beach. Our goal is to reach out to homeless and vulnerable members in our community with compassion, demonstrating the love of God; to help individuals transition from isolation to inclusion, and become productive and successful members of their families and the community. As a faith-based organization, we operate with Christian and charitable values and provide our services to all without regard to race, faith, age or gender.

About Chapman Partnership
Chapman Partnership is the private sector partner of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, operating two Homeless Assistance Centers located in downtown Miami and Homestead. Chapman Partnership provide a wide array of support services. With an outstanding success rate far above the national standard, we help our residents rebuild their lives, while offering dignity and respect. Services include: medical clinics, mental health services, dental services, child care, family resource center, case management, life skills training, legal services, social security services, vocational training, vocational training, job placement, housing placement, household furnishings and move in assistance.