Toy drive: The Town 'N Country Christmas Toy Drive 2012, coordinated by Michelle's Kids charity, kicks off at 8 a.m. today with Santa and his Elves on hand at Walmart, 7011 W Waters Ave. You may drop off gifts at local collection sites hosted by the Hills- borough County Sheriff's Office, Capelo's Salon, Children's Nest Day Schools, Chiropractic Naturally, La Petite Academy, Star Hair Salon, Tampa Elite Sports Academy, TNC Taekwondo and Webb Road KinderCare. To find your nearest location, visit the map at goo.gl/maps/B1ZBT. Toy collection culminates Dec. 8 with the Westchase Santa Parade.
The First Reformed Church of Tampa, 8283 W Hillsborough Ave. (at Webb Road), is hosting Santa and providing refreshments for the 2012 toy distribution at 11 a.m. Dec. 15. Michelle's Kids collects the names of children with assistance from school crossing guards, schools and the community. Parents may register their children at www.michelleskids.org. Michelle's Kids verifies the child's status with the school and checks other local Christmas drives to ensure the family is not on multiple lists. For more information, or to make a donation to support Michelle's Kids Christmas Toy Drive, go to www.MichellesKids.org or follow us on twitter @MichellesKids or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MichellesKidsInc.
Caregivers reception: Hillsborough County Family and Aging Services Department will host a reception from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 to honor the caregivers who care for loved ones with Alzheimer's or other dementia-related diseases. "The Caregivers … It takes Heart and Soul'' reception will be held at the Oaks at Riverview Senior Center, 101 E Kirby St. The event will feature food, music and free educational workshops, including "Living with Dementia,'' featuring Cate McCarty, dementia coach; "Latest Alzheimer's Research Updates'' featuring Anitha Mogallapu, University of South Florida, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences; "Caregiver Sleep and Nighttime Activity in Persons with Dementia,'' featuring Meredeth A. Rowe, RN, in the USF College of Nursing; "Avoid the Holidaze,'' featuring Dr. Jamie Huysman, author of Take Your Oxygen First. For information, or to register, call (813) 272-6261, or visit Hillsborough County Aging Services online.