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Holiday help in Pasco County for Dec. 8

Collection date set for organic food drive

A collection day for the New Port Richey FarmNet’s annual organic food drive will be from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Wright’s Natural Market, 6630 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. FarmNet organizers from Friendship Farms & Fare are asking for contributions of certified USDA organic food in cans and boxes for distribution to low-income and less fortunate families. Organizers are requesting only USDA-certified organic food in cans or boxes; no produce or perishables. The drive will continue through Dec. 15. Drop-off containers are available at Wright’s Natural Market as well as West Pasco Habitat for Humanity, 4131 Madison St. Donations will also be received on Sundays at Grand Gardens, 5721 Grand Blvd. Monetary contributions may be sent to: Friendship Farms & Fare, P.O. Box 596, New Port Richey, FL 34656-0596. All resources received for this event are tax-deductible and will be used exclusively to purchase food for the organic food drive. Financial support to cover the cost of materials, supplies and transportation is also welcome. Call Sylvia Spencer at (727) 269-1786.

Gifts needed for ‘Elves for Elders’

Aging Solutions, Inc. is collecting gifts and monetary donations for its "Elves for Elders" program. The nonprofit organization provides legal guardianship services at no cost to individuals who have suffered life-changing events, injury, illness or who are disabled, and will be spending the holidays in care facilities. "Elves for Elders" provides these seniors, veterans and disabled adults with gifts or needed items, such as clothing, hygiene items, shoes, sensory and social stimulation items, books to read and activity books. Visit aging-solutions.org/elvesforelders.html or call (813) 949-1888.

Farm Share giveaway set for Dec. 15

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano, Sheriff Chris Nocco, Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Property Appraiser Gary Joiner will host the 23rd annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at Faith Baptist Church, 9230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The giveaway will include fresh food donated by Florida farmers, as well as meat and other items needed to make a complete holiday meal. All families in need are welcome. In addition to food from Farm Share, donations from Publix, The Volunteer Way, Bear Creek Nursing and Rehab Center, Dayspring Academy and other organizations and individuals make the event possible. Please contact Greg Giordano, Assistant Tax Collector, at (727) 847-8179 or via e-mail [email protected]

Be a Santa program for seniors under way

Home Instead Senior Care, which serves seniors in west Pasco County, invites the community to bring holiday cheer to local seniors this holiday season through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

The program provides gifts and companionship to seniors through support from local businesses, nonprofit organizations, volunteers and community members. The local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with VFW Post 7987, VFW Post 6180, Knitters for Charity and Tampa Bay Insurance to help with gift collection and distribution. Holiday shoppers are invited to visit a participating location where Be a Santa trees are on display through Dec. 18. The trees are decorated with paper ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. Gifts are not to be wrapped. Trees are at various locations throughout New Port Richey, Trinity, Port Richey and Hudson. Visit beasantatoasenior.com or call (727) 845-5819.

Toys for Tots now taking registrations

Registration is under way for the annual Toys for Tots program. Call or email the contact in the nearest Pasco County community:
• The Wesley Chapel contact is Deardra Cerruto. Send email to [email protected] or call (813) 842-5299. Distribution will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 16.
• The Dade City contact is Sylvia Salazar. Send email to [email protected] or call (after 4 p.m. only) (352) 206-4502. The distribution date and time will be determined later.
• The Land O’Lakes contact is Herbert Roshell. Send email to [email protected] or call (813) 929-1229. The distribution will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 16.
• The New Port Richey registration is online only; visit citynprrec.maxgalaxy.net/BrowseDayCamps.aspx. Distribution will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 23. Those needing assistance may contact the New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center at (727) 841-4560.
• Zephyrhills registration is online only; visit citynprrec.maxgalaxy.net/BrowseDayCamps.aspx. Distribution will be from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 17. For information, contact Melodie Parks at (813) 909-3187 or [email protected]

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