Giving Back: The Bradenton Herald's spotlight on good deeds during the holidays

November 19, 2012 

Editor's note: Local businesses and nonprofits are again helping out those in need for the holidays. If your organization wants to be included, please email information to

BRADENTON -- Home Instead Senior Care is sponsoring its eighth annual Be a Santa to a Senior event benefiting nursing home residents in Manatee County. From now until Dec. 12, a tree with names and gift suggestions is located at the Beall's Outlet Westgate store, 3905 Manatee Ave. W. Purchase the gift suggestion and leave the item at the store. Volunteers will wrap and deliver the gifts. Information: 941-739-3050.

Slicks Garage joins Toys for Tots effort

PALMETTO -- Slicks Garage, 923 Fifth St. W., is an official drop-off station for Toys for Tots starting today. In addition, Slicks First Fridays Car Show and Block Party scheduled for Dec. 7 will be dedicated to Toys for Tots.

This is a family friendly event, free to spectators ($5

per registering vehicle) that raises money for the local Palmetto Youth Center.

Information: 941-286 4753.

Postal workers set fundraiser for Santa Fund

PALMETTO -- The Palmetto Postal Workers annually read hundreds of letters to Santa from local children and then purchase, wrap and deliver gifts for those most in need.

Postal workers are hosting their second auction 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Country Lakes Village II Clubhouse, 6201 U.S. 41 N.

The public is invited to the fundraiser. All proceeds go to children in need.

Information: 941-284-3452.

Thanksgiving blood drive under way through Nov. 20

MANATEE -- Florida Blood Services and selected Sweetbay supermarkets, including 5802 14th St. W. and 5805 Manatee Ave. W., have joined forces this holiday season for the Thanks4Giving Blood Drive 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Blood can also be donated at Florida Blood Services at 216 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, and 11161 State Road 70 E., Suite 108, Lakewood Ranch.

All blood donors will receive a wellness check-up and a $10 voucher to Sweetbay Supermarkets, plus be entered into a drawing for $250 toward Bright House Networks' services.

Information: or 800-682-5663.

Holiday card project sponsored by IberiaBank

BRADENTON -- IberiaBank continues the "i Gives Back" program with a partnership with the American Red Cross to bring cheer and words of appreciation to our troops.

The bank is providing holiday cards for the public to stop in and sign that will be sent to troops throughout the world.

Cards will be available through November at 5310 State Road 64 E., 6351 Manatee Ave. W., and 5844 14th St. W.

Tink's Lounge to aidMarine Corps toy drive

MANATEE -- For the third year, Tink's Lounge, 3102 53rd Ave. E., will host Tink's for Tots benefitting the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 2.

Those planning to attend are asked to donate a new toy to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

In return, the first 200 donors will be treated to a free plate of Woody's Bar-B-Q with side dishes.


Jarvis kicks offannual toy collection

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Kenneth Jarvis PLLC is an official drop-off site for the Toys for Tots program.

Clients and associates are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys at itsLakewood Ranch location, second floor of the Bank of America building off Town Center Parkway. Donations can be dropped off 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Dec. 14.

As a thank you, the company is offering a $25 discount on tax preparation services to everyone who donates a toy. Information: 941-907-9188.

Lakewood Ranch Town Halljoins Manatee food drive

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., is participating inthe Manatee County Food Bank Drive. There will be a collection barrel in the Town Hall front lobby until Dec. 19.

Burgers & Brew supports food bank, Toys for Tots

MANATEE -- AJ's Burgers & Brew, 3550 53rd Ave. W., in support of the Manatee Food Bank and Toys for Tots, is asking customers to bring in a nonperishable food item and receive $1 off a burger, sandwich or entrée.

Those who bring in an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots will receive a free beer with the purchase of a burger, sandwich or entrée. All discounts are for dine-in only meals.

Manatee Players partnering on gift drive

MANATEE -- The Manatee Players is partnering with Manatee Children's Services, a Bradenton-based community service that works to benefit abused and neglected children, to collect toys and gifts for local children and teens.

New unwrapped toys and gift items can be dropped off at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St. in downtown Bradenton or directly to the MCS office at 453 Cortez Road W. in Orange Blossom Plaza. Gift items for teens are especially needed and wrapping paper, tape and bows are also most welcome.

Super Pawn collecting food, toys for holiday

BRADENTON -- America's Super Pawn, Inc., 5137 14th St. W., is sponsoring its second Season of Giving event benefiting All Faiths Food Bank and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee.

From now until Dec. 18, anyone bringing in a food or toy donation will receive a raffle ticket to win a new Lenovo Ideapad laptop computer.

Food donations should be nonperishable. For more information, visit All Faiths' website. Toy donations should be unwrapped for children ages 5-18.

Parmalee concert proceeds to help military

MANATEE -- One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Parmalee concert set for 10:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Joyland, 5520 14th St. W., will go to ensure that every military family in the local area with an active deployed spouse in the Middle East gets a great Christmas. Doors open for the concert at 7 p.m. Joyland will be working with Manasota Operation Troop Support on this project. Tickets: $10 in advance through

-- Herald staff report

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