‘Tis the season for giving – time, money, goods and services. Here are a few of the charitable organizations in Greater Jacksonville who need extra help during the holidays.
22nd Annual Holiday Adopt A Family Program – Nassau County Volunteer Center, 1303 Jasmine St., Suite 104A, Fernandina Beach.Need donations of gift certificates, clothing or toys foran entire family (large or small), to a senior or to a foster child to brighten their holiday season. All have been screened by local social service agencies.For information or to donate, call the Nassau County Volunteer Center at 904.261.2771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Red Cross – Northeast Florida Chapter, 751 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32204. Need monetary donations and phone gift cards. 904.386.8735.
Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry – 850 6th Ave. S., Jacksonville 32250. Need dinner items for food baskets, gift certificates and monetary donations. 904.241.7437, ext. 2.
Catherdral Arts Project– 4063 Salisbury RoadSuite 107, Jacksonville, FL 32216. Need monetary donations and supplies for art, gance, drama and music programs. 904.281.5599 or capkids.org.
Communities In The Schools of Jacksonville– 3100 University Blvd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32216. Need monetary donationsf or books and reading tutors. 904.354.5918 or cisjax.org.
Christ’s Starfish Foundations – 11750 Coastal Lane W., Jacksonville, 32258. Need new, unwrapped toys, books and blanketw for children, infant to teens, who will be in Wolfson Chirdrens Hospital on Christmas Day. Deadline Dec. 10. Can be dropped at any Chik-Fil-A restaurant or RPm Automotive in the Jacksonville area. Send monetary dontaions via mail. 904.612.8522 or christstarfish.org.
City Rescue Mission – Mike Davidson Ford, Atlantic Boulevard, across from Regency Square Mall. Goal is the fill the beds of four F-150 pick-up trucks. 904.543.2400.
Clay County Food Pantry – Need non –persiahable items such as boxed pasta, peanute butter, jelly and canned meats, vegetables and fruits. Many drop-off sites available. Call for info.Send monetary donations to JL Long, 1677 Wells Road, Suite D, Orange Park or drop off or mail. 904.264.3073, 904.284.0814 or e-mail email@example.com
The Council on Aging of Nassau County – 1367 S. 18th, St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Monetary donations to help Meals on Wheels, COA Transporataion, In-Home Care and Adult Day Health Care. Sponsor a call from Santa for $10, deadline Dec. 21. Coanassau.com
Daniel – 4206 Southpoint Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32258. Need 125 uniforms ($35 buys one), donations for bus passes and gas cards. 904.296.1055.
Dreams Come True of Jacksonville – 6803 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32216. Need monetary donatios and shopping/restaurant gift cards. 904.296.3030 or visit dreamscometrue.org.
Dignity U Wear – 136 N. Myrtle Ave., Jacksonville 32204 (Receiving warehouse). Need children’s clothes for school, underwar, monetary doentaions. 904.636.9455 or dignityuwear.org.
Episcopal Children’s Services Outreach Programs– Need gifts for one child or an entire classroom; adopt-a-family gifts, decorations or food; monetary donations and food gift certificates. Angel Trees at various locations. Ecs4kids.org
Family Support Services of North Florida and Toy for Tots – Need gift cards and new, unwrapped toys for north Florida children in need. Drop off at any participatin fire station.Fssjax.org
First Coast News Sheets of Hope Drive – Fri., Dec. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. St. Johns Town Center and Orange Park Mall. Drive to collect sheets for the City Rescue Mission in Jacksonville. Need donations of bed sheets in all sizes but especially twin sheets. The goals is to collect enough sheets for a year.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets Adoption Center – 10501 San Jose Blvd. Need ry pet food, foster families and monetary donations. Also need volunteers to clean and wlak and adiption counselors. Pet Food Bank distributions 9 a.m. –2p.m. Saturday. 6817 Norwood Ave. Open to volunteers 12 and older. Jaxpetfoodbank.org.
Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs– 1107 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Need donations of food, bags, coupons and boxes. Call Wynema Lovell at 904.284.0814.
Girls Gone Green– P.O. Box 50353, Jacksonville Beach, 32250 – Promotes healthy vegan lifestyle and humane choices. Need moneyary donations. thegirlsgongreen.com.
Home Instead Senior Care – 9191 R.G. Skinner Parkway, Suite 803, Jacksonville 32256. Need gifts for seniros inneed who will be alone during the holidays. Toiletries, blankets, food, puzzles, books, etc. 904.363.6699.
Hope House Angel Tree For Seniors–The Salvation Army Hope House, 410 South 9th Street Fernandina Beach, FL 32034-3623. Senior Angels still need to be adopted. Purchase a little something from their wish list to bring joy, hope and a smile into their life. Call 904.321.0435 or stop by Hope House.
Hope Haven Children’s Clinic – 4600 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Need moneyary donations and Sam’s gift cars. 904.346.5100, ext. 250.
Hope Therapy – 1591 Big Branch Road, Middleburg, FL 32068. Provides occupational therapy to childrem and adults with special needs using horses. Need monetary donations to care for the nine therapy horses. 904.291.6784.
Hubbard House – PO Box 4909, Jacksonville, FL 32201. Need new, unwrapped toys, non-perishable food, gift cards and monetary donations. 904.354.0076, ext. 652 or hubbardhouse.org.
Jacksonville Humane Society – 8468 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216. Need pet food and supplies, monetary donations. Jaxhumane.org/cah. Click on “hospital wish list.”
Jessica Green Foundation– 450 Florida 13 N., Suite 106, St. Johns, FL 32259. Need monetary and in-kind donations to benefit families of children with autism and Ride With Me For Autism. 904.781.8024, 904.945.9985 or jessicagreen foundation.org.
Jewish Family and Community Services – 6261 Dupont State Court E., Jacksonville, FL 32217 Need non-perishable food for the food pantry, unwrapped gifts for the holiday gift-giving program, winter items such as jhackets, blankets and socks, gift cards and monetary donations. 904.448.1933
Kitty Wish Tree – Cat Angels, 709 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, FL. Open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Please help answer Angel Wish Cards – from cat food, spay/neuters and toys to an adoption. A nice holiday gift to donate in someone’s name. Cats Angels is a 5013(c) charity and proceeds benefit its spay/neuter program.
Mental Health Food Closet– Collecting sealed, non-expired, non-perishable food items in place of paying overdue library fines in St. Johns county. Bring in one food time for each $1 overdue to have fine wiped out. Deadline is Thursday. 904.827.6925 or sjcpls.org.
Operation Christmas Child– Parkwood Baptist Chruch, 7900 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville 32211. A project of Samaritan’s Purse collecting shoeboxes of helath items, toys, clothes, hair clips, etc. No breakable items, liquids, medications or anything that will melt. 904.725.2500.
Project SOS– 7845 Baymeadows Way, Jacksonville FL 32256, Helps teenagers establish written goals, internal boundaries, refusal skills and healthy friends. For $10 daontion,t on teenager receives five hours of health education and the parents receive and Empowered Parent magazine.
Reintergration Solutions of Jacksonville– P.O. Box 3094, Jacksonville 32206. Ride for Restorative Justice, Dec. 3. Need monetary donations. 904.608.4292 or 386.972.9205.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville – 824 Children’s Way, Jacksonville FL 32207. Need monetary donations and Wal-Mart gift cards. 904.807.4663
Safe Harbor Boys Home and Maritime Academy– 4772 Safe Harbor Way, Jacksonville, FL 32226. Need milk, turkeys, ham, fresh fruit and vegetables, orange juice. Monetary donations requested as a pledge for 12 months to help with the utility bill or any donation amount from $5 or more for two laptoop computers (gently used OK) for the school program. 904.757.7918
Salvation Army– 900 W. Adams St., entrance gate on Lee Street. Need turkeys from area supremarkets; new, unwrapped toys. Please send monetary donations to The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida, P.O. Box 52508, Jacksonville 32201-2508, att: turkey donation. 904.301.4855 or 904.301.4846.
St. Augustine Food Drive – Prudential Network Realty, 112 SeaGrove Main St., Suite 210, St. Augustine, FL 32080. Collecting food and clothing to benefit Pie in the Sky, Hastings: new, unwrapped toys to benefit Toys for Tots; and donations for the Gala for Humanity’s silent auction.
St. Augustine Humane Society– 1665 Old Moultrie Road, inside the Lightner Museum Courtyard, St. Augustine. Pin up Paws Calendar, $10. Pet food drive bins at Winn-Dixie, 3905 Florida A1A s., St. Augustine Beach and Food Lion, US 1 and Lewis Point Road. 904.829.2737 or http://staugustinehumanesociety.org.
Take Stock In Children– Fund raiser for college scholarships for low-income students. 888.322.4673 or give.takestockinchildren.org.
Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation – PO Box 50798, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240. Need monetary donations and food/gas gift cards. 904.543.2599.
Toys For Tots Collection Drive– Whiskey River, St. Johns Town Center, 4870 Big Island Drive, No. 10, Jacksonville 32246-5300. Collecting new, unwrapped toys, books and other gifts through Dec. 21. 904.645.5571.
Trinity Food Pantry – 1415 S McDuff Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32205. Need non-perishablefood tiems. Food can be dropped off at Luminaria Night, 6-8 p.m., Dec. 18. 904.389.5341
Volunteers in Medicine – 41 E. Duval St. Jacksonville, FL 32202. Organization is a free health care clinic for the working uninsured. Need monetary donations and volunteer doctors, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygenists and assistants. 904.399.2766.
Women’s Center of Jacksonville – 5644 Concord Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32211. Organizations is a mulit-service resource center for women and their families. Need monetary donations, Wal-Mart and Target gift cards, care packs with such things as tissues, water, snacks, toothpaste/toothbrush and personal hygiene items. 904.722.3000 or womenscenterjax.org
YMCA’s Angle Tree Program– Holiday online auction live through midnight Dec. 2 to provide gifts for children of deserving families. biddingforgood.com/pontevedrachamber.org.
Youth Crisis Center – 3015 Parental Home Road, Jacksonville, FL 32216. Need monetary donations, new clething figts for ages 10-21, new twin sheets and blankets, health and beauty products, school supplies, books, food and gift cards. 904.720.0002.
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