Senior Gift Requests Expected to Increase This Holiday as Economic Slump Continues Be a Santa to a Senior®, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.2 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America in the past six years, is gearing up again this holiday season during a time when seniors may need more of the bare necessities to survive.
The Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties has joined local health care partners (see below for complete list) and area Walmart stores to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.
Program sponsors expect gift requests to be up this year as the economic downturn continues and Social Security benefits fail to keep pace with daily living expenses.
“Most people aren’t aware that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of seniors in every community who have no family and are alone,” said Carlette Howell, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Pensacola area. “What’s more, this holiday season finds many older adults struggling to make ends meet.”
Prior to the holiday season, the participating local non-profit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care. Christmas trees, which will go upon Nov. 1 at the Walmart stores below, feature ornaments with the first names only of the seniors and their respective gift requests.
Participating Walmart locations:
• 8970 Pensacola Blvd. in Pensacola
• 4965 Highway 90 in Pace
• 3767 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze
• 2951 South Blue Angel Parkway in Pensacola
• 2650 Creighton Road in Pensacola
Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. Volunteers will then collect, wrap and deliver the gifts to area seniors.
“Be a Santa to a Senior is a way to show our gratitude to those older adults who have contributed so much to our community,” Howell said. “We hope to reach out to many with this gesture of holiday cheer and goodwill.”
The program runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. Important dates of note are as follows:
Nov. 1: Trees go up in area stores and businesses
Dec. 15: Community gift wrapping party – the general public is invited to come and help!
Dec. 15: Delivery of gifts to seniors in the community
For more information about the program, call 850-477-1947 or log on to beasantatoasenior.com.
“Be There with Bells on” to Fight Arthritis This holiday season, thousands of Floridians will tie bells to their shoelaces, dress up in their favorite festive costumes and join friends and family members to fight the nation’s leading cause of disability.
The Arthritis Foundation will host nationwide Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk events. The Pensacola Beach event is Saturday, Nov. 27. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Gulfside Pavilion, 50 Casino Beach, and the run/walk begins at 8 a.m. Participants will enjoy spectacular scenic views of Pensacola Beach.
“We’re encouraging everyone to kick-off the holidays at this fun and festive event. Walk or run in honor of a family member or friend with arthritis and help move us closer to a world free of arthritis pain,” said Anne Fair Forrest, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation’s Florida Chapter. “More than 4 million Floridians and nearly 50 million people nationwide are affected, making arthritis the most common cause of disability in America.”
Funds raised by the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will support vital research, advocacy, awareness and patient education programs and services to improve the lives of people with arthritis.
For more information or to register for the Pensacola Beach Jingle Bell Run/Walk, please visit arthritis.org/chapters/florida.
2010 – Give the Coat off Your Back Drive” The “Give the Coat off Your Back Drive” is officially kicked off for the 2010 annual drive. The Farrar Law Firm and Farrar Family and all of our sponsors and friends encourage those that can, give, please give. This is the Farrar’s eighteenth (18th) year of conducting the coat and blanket drive. The demand for cold weather items has increased as we all go through this recession together. Distributions will be made directly to homeless individuals as in the years past, and we once again ask you to join the efforts of the Farrar’s this year to help those less fortunate be warm and safe this winter. Give the gift of hope and warmth! Donate any slightly used or new coats and blankets and love the joy of giving.
The Farrar Law Firm is partnering this year with Fast Signs, Southern Style Carpet, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, Emerald Coast Hospice and Bay Breeze Nursing Home as drop off locations. Anyone who wishes to donate a coat, blanket, gloves or hats may drop off those items at any of their locations listed below:
• Farrar Law Firm: 109 N Palafox Street Pensacola, Florida
• Fast Signs: 6060 Tippin Avenue, Pensacola, Florida
• Southern Style Carpet: 901 North Navy Blvd., Pensacola, Florida
• Uncle Bob’s Self Storage:
#356 – 9113 W. Highway 98, Pensacola, Fl
#353 – 1600 9 Mile Road, Pensacola, Fl
#53 – 195 E. Fairfield Dr., Pensacola, Fl
#58 – 980 N. Navy Blvd., Pensacola, Fl
#68 – 2807 W. Michigan Ave., Pensacola, Fl
#69 – 801 E. 9 Mile Road, Pensacola, Fl
#70 – 2295 W. Michigan Ave., Pensacola, Fl
• Emerald Coast Hospice: 5401 Corporate Woods Dr, Ste 800, Pensacola
• Bay Breeze Nursing Home: 3375 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, Fl
For further information, please contact the Gregory P. Farrar at the Farrar Law Firm at 434-8904. Again, thank you again to all of you in the Pensacola area who have given this year and previous years.
2010 Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade Call for Applications Anyone looking for Christmas spirit need look no further than Saturday, December 11, 2010, the date of the 2010 Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade. Applications are now being accepted for groups, floats and marching bands to participate in the festivities and may be found on the parade’s website, CoxPensacolaChristmasParade.org. Parade applications and entry fees must be received no later than November 26. Groups who paid entry fees for the 2009 parade will only pay half price for a 2010 parade entry.
Organizers expect this year’s parade to feature more than 50 floats with unique holiday themes and 40 marching units. The annual parade, which draws over 50,000 people to downtown Pensacola, begins at 5:15 pm and will be televised live on WKRG-TV5. The Christmas Parade also includes local bands from every high school in Escambia County, the nationally renowned Blue Angels flight team, groups from around the region, and as far away as Houston and New Orleans.
The Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade profits go to local high school band booster organizations to assist in the purchasing of uniforms and equipment and funding of travel expenses.
For more information on the Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade, to download an application or to view the parade route, please visit the parade website atCoxPensacolaChristmasParade.org.
3rd Annual Benefit for Heavenly Blessings Ministry Benefit motorcycle ride from Panhandle Motorcycle Society (P.M.S.) to Heavenly Blessings Ministry. Drop off blankets for the homeless, and return to P.M.S. for
a good time with family and friends.
The event will be held Saturday, November 27, 2010 starting at noon at the Panhandle Motorcycle Society, 1487 South Fairfield Drive, Pensacola FL 32507, 850-607-7796. Cost of the event is $5.00 or a blanket per person.
Winter is fast approaching and the homeless need our help. Come out and support the local shelter by making a generous donation.
For more information contact Cat Warfield at 850-375-0428 or PMS President Chris at 850-826-1570.
Call for entries for ARTEL Members’ Show Exhibition Artel members are invited to submit one original piece of art to the 2010 Members’ Show. This exhibit is free to all current members and is unjuried.
Artists may drop off work Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 5, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Each member may submit one piece of art of any media. Size restrictions do apply.
An opening reception and holiday party, catered by Varona’s, will be held on Friday, December 10, from 6-8 p.m. at Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox Place, in the Old Escambia County Courthouse.
For more information, a detailed call for entries or check-in forms, call 850 432-3080 or visit artelgallery.org or the gallery at 223 Palafox Place, Pensacola.
TOYS FOR TOTS HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE The Marine Corps Reserves has teamed up with United Way of Santa Rosa County (UWSRC), Catholic Charities and the Marine Corps League and the Marine Corps Spouse Association to run the Toys for Tots holiday toy drive. The application deadline to receive assistance for Escambia County is December 1. The application deadline for Santa Rosa County is December 10. The drive strives to provide holiday toys for struggling families in NWFL. Through partnerships with local charitable organizations and community donations, the Toys for Tots team hopes to provide three to five toys per child.
Where to sign up:
• Pensacola – Catholic Charities (1815 N 6th Ave.)(850) 436-6425
• Gulf Breeze – Early Learning Coalition (3188 Gulf Breeze Pkwy.) (850)
• Milton – United Way of Santa Rosa County (6479-A Caroline St.) (850)
• Jay – Jay Town Hall (3695 Hwy 4) (850) 675-4556
• Child(ren) must reside in Escambia or Santa Rosa County
• Child(ren) must be 14-years-of-age or younger
• Families must meet income requirements (Florida Housing Finance
Corporation’s Income Limits adjusted to household size)
Applicants must apply in person and bring the following documentation:
• Valid Photo ID (driver’s license, college ID, etc.)
• Proof of Residency if not on ID (utility bill in client’s name, government letters)
• Proof of Income (check stub, bank statement, letter of determination from government)
• Proof of Each Child’s Age (birth certificate, shot record stating birth date, letter from school)
• Escambia Only: requires social security cards for all members of the household
Toys will be distributed Wednesday, December 15 and Thursday December 16 in both counties. Distribution site locations will be given to clients upon application approval. For more information about Toys for Tots assistance in Escambia County, contact Catholic Charities at 436-6425; in Santa Rosa County call United Way at 623-4507.
For additional information, contact Marianne Back at (850) 623-4507 or visitunitedwaysrc.org.
Students Competing to Recycle Phone Books for $500 Prize Clean & Green and the Escambia County School District supported by AT&T Real Yellow Pages Project ReDirectory are participating in the annual phone book collection and recycling effort.
Ten area schools are collecting used telephone books to win a cash prize for their school. The three schools who collect the most books per student population will earn the cash prize.
The contest runs through Dec 2nd. The following schools are participating in the competion: Longleaf Elementary School, Earnest Ward Middle School, Ferry Pass Middle School, Ransom Middle School, Warrington Middle School, Booker T. Washington High School, Pine Forest High School, West Florida High School, Escambia High School, and J.M. Tate High School. The public can participate by supporting their local school. If you do not know a teacher or a student that will take your phone books, recycle them with curbside recycling, at any waste paper recycling receptacle, or bring them to the Clean & Green office at 3303 N Davis Hwy. Businesses with more than 50 books can call the office to coordinate a pickup. Books can be designated for a school of their choice.
“The AT&T Project ReDirectory program provides the perfect opportunity for environmental lessons in the classroom,” said Jill Cleaver, coordinator of the project for Clean & Green. “Our goals include not only reducing the amount of waste disposed of in Escambia County, but also teaching students to care for the environment.”
AT&T Real Yellow Pages directories are 100% recyclable and are made from up to 40% recycled post-consumer content. The paper is made from recycled paper waste and wood fiber waste such as sawdust and wood chips. Recycled phone books can be made into useful products such as insulation, roofing shingles, animal bedding, and new phone directories.
Special thanks go to AT&T for providing prize money.
Clean & Green is our local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful dedicated to maintaining a permanent community cleanup and beautification program. Readers can get more information, by calling 438-1178 or visit cleanandgreen.org