Priority Marketing launches 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
Priority Marketing has launched its 2020 Holiday Gift Guide, a virtual platform encouraging the community to support local businesses and nonprofits this holiday season. The inaugural Holiday Gift Guide offers gift suggestions and donation opportunities in six categories: Charity, Experiences, Food & Drink, Health & Beauty, Home & Outdoor and Luxury. “This year, it’s incredibly important to support small businesses and local nonprofit organizations that have faced so many challenges in 2020,” said Teri Hansen, Priority Marketing’s president and creative director. “Hopefully our Holiday Gift Guide offers inspiration for Southwest Florida residents as they shop for their loved ones and consider year-end donations to help charitable causes.” View the Holiday Gift Guide here
State Farm to award $2,500 grants for innovative teaching ideas
Cape Coral State Farm Agents Mike
and Dawn Sullivan
announce that State Farm will celebrate and reward innovative teachers during the pandemic. The State Farm Teacher Assist Program will award 40 Florida schools with $2,500 grants for creative educational projects. Starting at 4 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2021, teachers in Florida are invited to submit their innovative instructional ideas at the State Farm Teacher Assist Program website
. State Farm Teacher Assist will accept the first 200 submissions and determine 40 grant recipients. The entry window concludes with the receipt of the 200th submission or on Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m., whichever comes first. Entries will be scored based on three criteria: how students benefit from the project, how the project advances academic achievement and the innovation, creativity, and engagement of the educational project.
LCSO gift distribution at The Children’s Community Center
Lee County Sheriff’s deputies bring gifts, smiles to 160 children
It will be a Merry Christmas indeed for 160 students attending early learning programs at Child Care of Southwest Florida. A unique partnership between the nonprofit education provider primarily serving children from lower-income households and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office led to deputies playing the role of Santa in delivering presents just before the holidays. The Sheriff’s Office collected donations of toys from local businesses and community partners across the region. On Dec. 10, law enforcement officers made a special visit to The Children’s Community Center in Lehigh Acres, where they gathered as 20 students unwrapped early Christmas gifts. Additional presents will be provided to other students attending The Children’s Community Center, as well as some of their siblings. For more information about Child Care partnerships and sponsorships, call 239-278-1002 or visit CCSWFL.org
Cypress Cove residents, staff donate more than 500 toys
Cypress Cove residents and staff celebrated their 10th year of support to The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center’s annual holiday gift drive by donating more than 500 toys and gifts for children of the Harlem Heights community. The gifts, presented to representatives of The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center, will be a large addition to the hundreds of gifts distributed on Dec. 19 to Harlem Heights parents for more than 800 children throughout the nearby community. Cypress Cove, a south Fort Myers Life Plan Community located in HealthPark Florida, has participated in The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center holiday event since 2011. Since the start of its program participation, Cypress Cove residents and staff have contributed about 5,000 gifts toward the annual children’s giveaway.
NTRC receives grant to launch miniature horse therapy program
Naples Therapeutic Riding Center
(NTRC), a non-profit organization providing therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-facilitated group services to children and adults with physical, social and mental health needs, received a $100,000 grant from The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation to launch a new miniature horse therapy program. Two new miniature horses, Toulmin and Itty Bitty, were donated to NTRC and are a welcome addition to its now 16-horse therapy herd. In addition to having the minis on site for visitors to meet and spend time with, NTRC’s new mini traveling program will bring the therapeutic benefits of horses to worksites and organizations throughout Southwest Florida communities such as hospitals, schools, hospices, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. To learn more about the mini horse therapy program or to schedule a visit with the therapeutic minis, contact Rachel Vaa at 239-596-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.