Where to donate

November 22, 2009 

The Salvation Army: 1204 14th St. W., 748-5110

The annual Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 4-6 p.m. Thursday. More than 30 Christmas kettle locations will accept monetary donations through Dec. 24. Angel trees are set up at about 50 locations, where donors can choose the name of a child, purchase a gift for him or her and return it to the location or the Salvation Army office. The Salvation Army also is accepting frozen turkeys at its office for its Christmas meal and for use throughout the year.

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve: 741-8762

The Toys for Tots campaign collects new, unwrapped toys at about 60 locations across the county. Visit www.orgsites.com/fl/mcl588 for a list of locations.

Meals on Wheels PLUS: 811 23rd Ave. E., 747-4655

Collecting turkeys and nonperishable food items throughout holiday season for Food Bank of Manatee. Meals on Wheels PLUS is accepting shoeboxes — containing small items like playing cards, stationery and clothing — to give as gifts to seniors.

Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County: 6220 Manatee Ave. W., 761-2582

Collecting turkeys for Dec. 19 food giveaway, and toys and school supplies for five different clubs’ Christmas dinners. Donors can adopt a family, providing toys, food or clothing for the holiday season.

American Red Cross: 2905 59th St. W., 792-8686

Drop off holiday cards for military service members for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program at any Red Cross office through Dec. 6. Make a donation by purchasing a gift from the Holiday Giving Catalog.

Bill Galvano One Stop Center: 701 17th Ave. W., 747-0383

Collecting blankets, warm clothing and socks to help the homeless. Monetary donations to the emergency assistance fund will help homeless people with prescriptions. The center also hopes for donations to create a public relations/fund-raising position.

Manatee Glens: 379 Sixth Ave. W., 782-4354

Collecting toys, gift certificates for about 300 children in foster care.

Hope Family Services: 747-8499

Collecting toys for its Christmas “toy store,” which offers clients free toys for their families. Drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Tree of Hope display at the outreach office, 3215 Ninth St. W.

St. Joseph Catholic Church food pantry: 3100 26th St. W., 756-3732

Collecting nonperishable food and monetary donations for food bags to be distributed this week and throughout December. Open 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday and 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays.

First United Methodist Church: 603 11th St. W., 747-4406

Volunteers are welcome at Thursday’s Thanksgiving dinner before, during and after the 11 a.m. event. Food donations accepted for Dec. 19 distribution of food baskets and Dec. 22 candlelight service/soup supper. Clothing donations accepted for candlelight service.

Family Resources’ SafePlace2Be Shelter: 1001 Ninth Ave. W., 708-5850

Collecting food for Thanksgiving meal and toys for children ages 10-17 throughout holiday season, including from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 8 at shelter open house. Also looking for holiday sponsors for children.

— Timothy R. Wolfrum

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