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Community Outreach 12.02

2nd Annual Holiday Trees at Lee House event will raise funds for United Way Dr. Patrick Murray and Norma Fleming Murray, owners of Lee House Bed and Breakfast, invite the community to view Downtown Pensacola’s Lee House Bed & Breakfast decorated for the holidays during the second annual Holiday Trees at Lee House on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Holiday Trees at Lee House is sponsored by Pain Consultants of West Florida and Margie Moore/Merrill Lynch with additional support from Woodlands Medical Specialists and Norma’s On the Run.

At the event, local businesses will present one-of-a-kind holiday trees for auction. Refreshments will be provided by Norma’s On the Run and local caterers. One-hundred percent proceeds will be donated to United Way of Escambia County.

“United Way touches the lives of a broad spectrum of people in our community who need a helping hand,” Norma Murray said. “The Pensacola area has faced severe economic challenges this past year.

The generosity and goodness of those who can help is greatly appreciated by those who receive help. I hope that the annual Holiday Trees at Lee House will raise awareness of the true meaning of this season – sharing and giving with a heart filled with love.”

For information call 912-8770 or email info@leehousepensacola.com.
Local Cyclists Go the Distance for Toys for Tots PORC (Pensacola Off-Road Cyclists) invites you to spend 50 miles in the saddle on December 4th to help support Toys for Tots.  If that is too many miles, there are 3 flights: a 50 mile Epic Ride which begins at 8, a 25 mile Half-Epic Ride beginning at 11, and a 10 mile Family Ride starting at 1 p.m.  Check in starts at 7.  The entry fee for this event is a minimum of 1 unopened, unwrapped toy donation to Toys for Tots.  The Pate Trail Head of the UWF mountain bike trails is the meeting place for off-road cyclists who want to pedal for philanthropy.

This is a full supported ride with feeding stations, a bike mechanic station, a post-ride meal of either chicken sausage gumbo or vegetarian red beans & rice, a pre-ride swag bag with limited edition EPIC mug, post-ride awards, and lots of (out)door prizes and giveaways.  Last year’s prizes include a 29er frame, Oakley sunglasses, wheel sets, gift cards, and lots more.  This year’s prizes are just as exciting and twice as secret.

“Last year we had over 115 Riders and raised close to 300 toys, all of which went to local counties. Toys 4 Tots is a Fantastic Charity, and this is a great opportunity to come out and have a great time with fellow cyclists and give something back to our community,” said Eric Gordon, president of PORC. “Even if you aren’t a cyclist, the US Marines will be there to collect toys that day, so it’s a good place for people to drop off toys all day, and make the holidays memorable for a needy child.”

For more information on the ride or to learn more about PORC, visit PORC.org.
RELEASE THE SOUND’ TALENT SHOW Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the talent show will feed 100 families for Christmas. Pensacola High School, 500 W. Maxwell St. 525-7733.
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 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.

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.”

For more information about the program, call 850-477-1947 or log on to beasantatoasenior.com.

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
• Fast Signs:  6060 Tippin Avenue
• Southern Style Carpet: 901 North Navy Blvd.
• Uncle Bob’s Self Storage:
#356 – 9113 W. Highway 98
#353 – 1600 9 Mile Road
#53 – 195 E. Fairfield Dr.
#58 – 980 N. Navy Blvd.
#68 – 2807 W. Michigan Ave.
#69 – 801 E. 9 Mile Road
#70 – 2295 W. Michigan Ave.
• Emerald Coast Hospice: 5401 Corporate Woods Dr, Ste 800
• Bay Breeze Nursing Home: 3375 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
For further information, please contact the Gregory P. Farrar at the Farrar Law Firm at 434-8904.