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Want to donate and give back for the holiday season? Here's how

This is the season for giving and we have a number of local organizations looking for some help. Have a charity drive you want the community to know about? Send information to [email protected]

Hillsborough

• Letter Carriers' Day is Dec. 7 for the Toys for Tots program. As they deliver the mail, the Letter Carriers will be picking up toys from every residential household in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

• Rockettes: High kicks and Hope for the Holidays is the message being sent from the world renowned dancers, The Radio City Rockettes, when they perform in Tampa in December. For the Rockettes' performance on Dec. 18th at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, use promo HOPE and proceeds from your ticket will go to Metropolitan Ministries.

• Angel Tree Toy Shop set-up Nov. 11- Dec. 18: Each day of the holiday season, volunteers help Salvation Army sort and organize donated toys and clothing for distribution on Dec. 19 to children. Individuals or groups interested in volunteering should contact Lauren Boatman at [email protected]

• Hip Hop Against Hunger Benefit Show, with hip hop musicians, live artists and DJs will be Dec. 15 from 4-8 p.m. at the New World Brewery in Ybor City for an all-ages show. All donations go to Feeding America:Tampa Bay and Metroplitan Ministries.

• This holiday season, from Nov. 29- Dec. 15, Walmart will help the Salvation Army collect new toys and other items for needy children in the Tampa/Hillsborough County community through the Fill the Truck campaign. More more than 2,000 Hillsborough County families requested holiday assistance from the Salvation Army. Leave unwrapped purchases in the cardboard truck located inside the store, just beyond the cash registers. On Dec. 7, Salvation Army volunteers are needed to help shoppers Fill the Truck at the following Walmart locations: 19910 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Tampa; 6192 Gunn Highway, Tampa; 1208 E. Brandon Blvd. Brandon.

• Hooters and the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation are teaming up to collect toys for children of local military families. Starting Nov. 22, Tampa Bay area Hooters location swill be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children whose parents are deployed. Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is led by Tampa Bay Buccaneers' player Vincent Jackson. To kick off the toy drive, Jackson will be at the 4215 W Hillsborough Ave. Hooters this Friday from 4-5pm signing autographs for fans who donate a toy. The mission of the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is to provide support to military families, focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health of the children. To learn more about the foundation, visit jacksoninaction83.org. For information about Hooters, visitoriginalhooters.com.

Pinellas

• Letter Carriers' Day is Dec. 7 for the Toys for Tots program. As they deliver the mail, the Letter Carriers will be picking up toys from every residential household in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

• WiLD 94.1's second annual Orlando's Toy Drive begins Sunday, and runs through Dec. 13 at Bert Smith Volkswagen3800 34th St. N in St. Petersburg. During a tree lighting ceremony starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday WiLD 94.1's program director and morning show host Orlando Davis will be lifted atop the "Toy Drive Tower" where he will live for five nights and six days to help collect donations for The Children's Home a non-profit organization for abused, neglected or abandoned children. New, unwrapped toys, bicycles and gift cards will all be accepted during the toy drive.

• American Woman Fitness Center, 9699 Bay Pines Blvd St. Petersburg, is collecting Toys for Tots. Receive a free seven-day VIP Pass for providing a toy. Hours available for dropping off Toys are Monday -Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (727) 397-3200 to make special arrangements or if you have questions. See americanwomanfitnesscenter.com.

• The Largo Central Railroad on Dec. 7-8 is collecting Toys for Tots and is visitors to ride the trains at Largo Central Park and bring a new and unwrapped toy to be donated.

• Holiday Toy Drive: Dec. 16- 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Back N' Balance, 1059 Broadway, Suite C, Dunedin. Phone: (727) 733-6501. Bring a new, unwrapped toy donation and receive a discounted chiropractic adjustment.

• Patterson's Holiday Charity is collecting personal items to support the St. Petersburg Free Clinic We Help Services, especially bathroom tissue and bar soap. Last year 1,313 rolls of tissue and 776 bars of soap were donated. All donations must be received by Dec. 13. Contact Rose or Lee (727) 866-2377 for pickup.

• Patrick Overby, a local Edward Jones financial advisor, is using his office as a drop-off location for this year's toy drive for Toys for Tots. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 6400 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St Petersburg during regular business hours Nov. 25-Dec. 10.

• The Safety Harbor Public Library is sponsoring a Giving Tree in their lobby in support of the children of Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center. The tree is adorned with ornaments noting child's first name, age, and their gift wish. Patrons select an ornament, purchase the gift, and return it unwrapped, with the gift tag attached to the Library by Dec. 20. For information on the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center, visit: www.shnfc.org. The library is located 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor, FL 34695. Contact (727) 724-1525 ext. 4106.

• Dream Makers Studios is working with the Christmas Toy Shop in St. Petersburg to distribute toys and bikes to children. Every Saturday through the end of the year (except for Nov. 16 and Nov. 30), bring a new unwrapped toy to the event. That same day, the studio is looking for a new face to represent the studio. This person can be any age, gender or experience level. There is no cost to sit for an audition and the new face we select will receive $1,500 cash and photography services for a year. The studio will send toy donors a digital image from their audition as a gift from the studio. For information call (727) 898-3962. Those interested in audition should send an e-mail with a name, age, phone number and e-mail Address to [email protected]

• Hooters and the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation are teaming up to collect toys for children of local military families. Starting Nov. 22, Tampa Bay area Hooters location swill be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children whose parents are deployed. Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is led by Tampa Bay Buccaneers' player Vincent Jackson. To kick off the toy drive, Jackson will be at the 4215 W Hillsborough Ave. Hooters this Friday from 4-5pm signing autographs for fans who donate a toy. The mission of the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is to provide support to military families, focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health of the children. To learn more about the foundation, visit jacksoninaction83.org. For information about Hooters, visitoriginalhooters.com.

Toys For Tots' Letter Carrier Day is Saturday, Dec. 7.

On that day, new unwrapped toys placed in or next to mail boxes will be collected by letter carriers for pickup at local post offices by Pinellas County Toys for Tots.

Pinellas County Toys for Toys exists to bring Christmas hope to children in challenging situations and this particular event is how the organization traditionally receives the majority of its toys.

For information email [email protected] or visit them at facebook.com/PinellasCountyToysForTots.

Pasco

• Letter Carriers' Day is Dec. 7 for the Toys for Tots program. As they deliver the mail, the Letter Carriers will be picking up toys from every residential household in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

• Gulfside Elementary School, 2329 Anclote Blvd., Holiday, is accepting food and children's holiday gift donations to send to Metropolitan Ministries in Holiday. Donations may be dropped at the school. For information on Metropolitan Ministries or to register for help for holiday food or gifts, call (727) 937-3268.

• The 13th annual food drive, "Feed a Child's Belly With Peanut Butter and Jelly" is underway through Dec. 13 at Marlowe Elementary School, 5642 Cecelia Dr, New Port Richey. Nonperishable food items will be collected and distributed to local food banks. For information, call (727) 774-8600.

• A reminder that schools throughout Pasco county public schools are collecting gifts and food for the holidays to help meet the need of less fortunate students and their families through Assist Believe and Care (ABC) programs. Those who want to help out should call the ABC coordinator at the school of their choice.

Hernando

• Giving Trees with the Hernando County Public Library System, now through Dec. 20. Donations of unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at the following branch libraries for several local charities:

Donations for New Beginnings Youth Shelter are being collected at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Gifts for youth ages 13-17 are needed. Donations for People Helping People/Weekend Blessings Program can be dropped off at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Nonperishable, easy-to-prepare and ready-to-eat food items are wanted. Donations for the Dawn Center can be dropped off at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. A variety of household items are needed.

For information about the Giving Trees, call the Hernando County Public Library System at (352) 754-4043.

• The Christmas Angel Program of Hernando County is seeking assistance from individuals, groups and private companies to help meet the needs of Hernando County children during the coming holiday season.

Gift givers (sponsors) are needed to fulfill children's wish lists, which include clothing sizes and toy wish lists. The program also believes in fulfilling the wishes of teenagers with monetary donations and gift cards for stores such as Walmart, Target and JCPenney, or gift cards to help with food for families. Gas cards are also appreciated for families of children receiving treatment in hospitals out of the county.

Trees with children's wish lists will be placed at Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals before Thanksgiving.

Those wishing to help out may call Mary at (352) 596-1552; leave a message.

• The Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program, sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 708 in Hernando County, is collecting new, unwrapped toys at various locations throughout the county now through Dec. 17. For collection sites, visit mcl708.org or toysfortots.org, or call (352) 597-7979.

Hernando County residents in need wishing to register their children with Toys for Tots may fill out an application from Dec. 2 through 17 at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Registration must be done in person, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. Toys for Tots is for children ages 6 months to 12 years. To qualify, applicants cannot be registered for Christmas assistance with any other agency.

Questions regarding registration and needed documents may be asked during the registration period by calling (352) 796-3666 or visiting toysfortots.org.

• Men of Faith from Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church and Operation HeartFELT have implemented the Matthew Project, which provides Christmas gifts for needy and homeless children and their siblings in the Hernando County school system. Individuals, churches and businesses are being sought as sponsors. Items will be picked up between Dec. 16 and 19, to then be gift-wrapped and distributed to the children. Call Monte Patterson at (352) 279-5985 for details on how to help. Visit the website at faithepc.net/Matthew_Project/.

Have a charity drive you want the community to know about? Send information to [email protected]

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