Program allows SNAP enrollment by phone
The Department of Elder Affairs has launched a project to help low-income elders enroll for Florida's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits without enrolling online.
While the state food stamp program requires most applicants to fill out requests online, this three-year pilot project will enable elders who are reluctant or unable to visit an office location or apply online to call the state's Elder Helpline and have a trained professional enter the online data for them. Hernando is one of 16 counties participating in the program.
Seniors looking for help with a SNAP application can call the helpline toll-free at 1-800-96-ELDER (963-5337) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Ministry seeks gift donations for children
The JAM Jesus and Me Ministries is in need of Christmas gifts for children ages newborn through 12.
JAM will be providing a Gift of Love Christmas Party for children in need on Dec. 22 at the American Legion Post 99, 208 E Fort Dade Ave. Donations of toys, bicycles, clothing, books and other gifts are needed.
Starting Friday, those wishing to help out can pick up a tag that lists a child's name, age, gender, and a gift that he or she would like to receive for Christmas. Donations can be dropped off at City Hall.
Along with the children and their parents, gift-givers will also be invited to the party on Dec. 22.
Churches, organizations, businesses and individuals can help out. To learn more, call JoAnn Munford at (352) 340-9594.
Potter's Clay Band to play holiday concert
United Way of Hernando County's Holiday Concert featuring Potter's Clay Band will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd.
The band will perform a "Christmas in Sarajevo" holiday season concert.
Admission to the event is a new, unwrapped toy, game or gift certificate to benefit Hernando County families in need during the holidays.
For information, call United Way at (352) 688-2026 or visit unitedwayhernando.net.
Christmas lights show at dusk this weekend
The Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Marketing Academy at Springstead High School will present "Illuminations," a Christmas lights show from dusk to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and again from Dec. 17-19 at the school softball field at 3300 Mariner Blvd.
The show is styled after Disney's Osbourne Spectacle of Lights, which includes Christmas lights that will be synched to "dance" to a variety of seasonal music. There will be 3-minute breaks between each song. Featured artists include the Transiberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, August Burns Red and Disney.
General admission is $5, or $3 and an unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item. A cup of hot chocolate is included with admission.
Proceeds will benefit Springstead's SERM Academy and DECA chapter. For information, call (352) 797-7010, ext. 251.