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St. Matthew’s House, Mission church give away turkey feasts for Thanksgiving
More than 600 families in Southwest Florida will have a Thanksgiving meal thanks to the generosity of the community. Families lined up Monday at St. Matthew’s House Thrift Store to get their pre-packaged holiday box. A line of cars stretched for blocks at the distribution site ahead of the holiday. Mission Community Church and St. Matthew’s House teamed up to provide 650 Thanksgiving meals on top of the thousands of pounds of food they normally give out twice a month. Pastor Jordan Rowe said he sees how much his community needs it. For the people in the cars that were lined up, it’s more than a turkey feast, it’s about a kind gesture that gives them the hope to keep going, WINK News reports
‘Backpacks Full of Joy’ annual toy drive underway by CBIA
For 23 consecutive years, the Collier Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) Sales & Marketing Council (SMC) has given back to the community with an annual toy drive. This year, the organization has reimagined this effort in an attempt to responsibly continue it, and is hosting a “Backpacks Full of Joy” Drive.“Since public health concerns complicate our traditional event with Santa’s helpers interacting with children, we instead are asking for monetary contributions which we will use to purchase backpacks and fill them with goodies and supplies,” said CBIA Executive Director Amelia Vasquez. Organizations are invited to make monetary contributions by Monday, Nov. 30, in the form of checks payable to CBIF with “Joy Drive” in the memo line. Each $25 donation will purchase a backpack for a child in need. Recipients of this year’s “Joy Drive” will be Pinecrest Elementary School and Shadowlawn Elementary School students. For additional information about sponsorship, volunteer and donation opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org, click here
or call 239-436-6100.
Guadalupe Center seeking donations for Holiday Gift Shop
Guadalupe Center is requesting donations of children’s gifts to restock its Holiday Gift Shop, an annual shopping experience that allows parents of Guadalupe Center students to select presents for their children. Through Dec. 4, Guadalupe Center will accept new, unwrapped donations of age-appropriate toys, clothing, shoes and other gifts for infants through teenagers. Each year, the Holiday Gift Shop provides presents to about 900 Immokalee students who otherwise might not receive gifts. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off in North Naples at the Guadalupe Resale Shop, 12980 Tamiami Trail N., Unit 10; or in Immokalee at the Guadalupe Center, 509 Hope Circle. Additionally, monetary donations are appreciated and can be made online here
. Guadalupe Center also has created an Amazon Wish List here
CAC raises $10,615 with Rescue Runway fundraiser
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida (CAC) has raised $10,615 for its programs and services for child victims of abuse. The organization thanks its second annual Rescue Runway sponsors—Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Brown & Brown Insurance, Edison National Bank, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. and supporter Seed and Bean Market— and online voters for King, Queen, Pet Costume and silent auction bidders for participating in the fundraiser. In addition to the grand total raised, the “Rescue Royalty Queen and King” have been crowned. After weeks of fundraising, the winners are Chloe for Rescue Royalty Queen and Barnaby for Rescue Royalty King. The Best Pet Costume Winner was Micky, dressed as “tiny Santa.” For more information, visit cac-swfl.org
The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools to host grant ceremony
The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools will award approximately $79,500 to educators, schools, and administrators throughout the School District of Lee County through its Classroom and School Grants program on Nov 30. The funding for this program comes from the support of Gold Sponsor Suncoast Credit Union and several other financial contributors. The program is also funded in part by a major grant from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation, which is made possible by the State of Florida.