Partnerships between businesses and nonprofits that zero in on specific needs can be very impactful, says Kathleen Cannon, president of United Way of Broward. "And the holidays bring out additional feelings from people who want to help," she said. Here is a sampling of how some South Florida businesses have wrapped up their season of giving through one-time events or ongoing programs.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood
The entertainment venue provided trees for 16 organizations and charities to decorate. Volunteers chose themes that tell that charity's story and needs. Then, during the casino's Holiday Tree Trimming and Food Drive, Dec. 6, it unveiled the trees. Representatives from the various charities handed out fliers and information about their organization. "We help charities help themselves to tell their story in their own words, how they raise the funds; who they take care of and why," said Susan Rennesen, vice president community affairs and special events.
Charities: American Heart Association/Magic 102.7 FM, Angels Pediatric Heart House, Ann Storck Center, ARC Broward, Canine Assisted Therapy, Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Feeding South Florida, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Not My Daughter/101.5 LITE FM, Starlight Children's Foundation/NBC 6 South Florida, The Pantry of Broward, The Pride Center at Equality Park, The Russell Life Skills & Reading Foundation and Women In Distress.
How can you help: Visitors can make canned food donations through Dec. 31 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at 1 Seminole Way, in Hollywood.
Winn-Dixie, all South Florida stores
Charity: Winn-Dixie's Hunger Relief program supports local Feeding America-affiliated food banks, including Feeding South Florida
The grocery store chain has provided two ways consumers can make donations: when they make their purchases they can donate any amount they choose, additionally consumers can buy specially-marked Winn-Dixie brand products and all proceeds will go directly to local Feeding America-affiliated food banks, including Feeding South Florida.
How you can help: Through Dec. 25, buy specially marked Winn-Dixie brand products, including water, coffee, diapers and condiments, whose manufacturers have generously donated to this program. Also select an amount to donate with easy-to-use tear pads/scan sheets found at the register.
Toll Brothers, Palm Beach County
Charity: Toys for Tots toysfortots.org
The organization, launched in 1947, was adopted in 1948 by the Marine Corps and expanded into a nationwide campaign.
The builder of luxury homes in Palm Beach County is collecting unwrapped toy donations for needy children.
How you can help: Drop off new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls, at Parkland Golf & Country Club, 10001 Old Club Rd, and at the Azura community at 17354 Balaria Street in Boca Raton through Dec. 17.
Rick Case Automotive Group, Fort Lauderdale
Charity: Boys & Girls Clubs as well as other charity organizations.
The "Rick Case Bikes for Kids" program as been providing thousands of needy children with a bicycle during the holidays since 1982. Rick Case dealerships begin collecting the bikes in October and will continue their effort through Dec. 20.
How you can help: Bikes in good condition are now being collected through Dec. 20 for the holiday season at any of the following Rick Case locations in Fort Lauderdale: Rick Case Acura, 825 N. State Road 7 and Rick Case Hyundai, 925 N.State Road 7, and in Davie: Rick Case Honda / Rick Case Honda Powerhouse, 15700 Rick Case Honda Way and Rick Case Hyundai / Rick Case Fiat, 3550 Weston Road. For more information call 954- 377-7410 or visit rickcase.com.
The Continental Group, Hollywood
Charity: Spirit of Giving Network, sognetwork.com 561-385-0144
The network is a collaborative, nonprofit organization with a focus on children and families in South Palm Beach County. It is a forum where nonprofits and community supporters share information, resources and best practices.
The residential managment company conducts charitable giving year round through its Continetal Cares program including this year when each employee will bring a gift for a child during its holiday party.
How you can help: Drop off wrapped toys thorugh the holidays at the Junior League of Boca Raton office in the Vegso Community Resource Center: 261 N.W. 13th St. in Boca Raton. Additionally, the network is currently seeking monetary donations and toys for children: go to sognetwork.com and click on the "donate" tab or contact Karen Krumholtz at (561) 385-0144 or email@example.com.
Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza, Fort Lauderdale
Charity: Dan Marino Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, danmarinofoundation.org 954-530-5511.
Founded in 1992, the nonprofit's mission is to "open doors" toward independence for children and young adults with autism and special needs creating awareness and by supporting treatment programs and providing outreach services, advancing scientific research, and building independence through employment and daily living transition programs.
The restaurant chain donates 10% of all gift card proceeds to the Dan Marino Foundation and last year, raised $28,000 for the foundation. The promotion runs through Dec. 31.
Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale
Charity: Heart Gallery of Broward County heartgalleryofbroward.org 954-918-3008
The nonprofit was founded 2006 to provide innovative programs that help to promote the adoption and enrichment of foster care children.
The shopping mall will donate all the proceeds from its gift wrapping booth to the chairty.
How you can help: Starting Dec. 15th, get your purchases gift-wrapped at the mall's gift wrapping booth located on the upper level.
Ultimate Software, Weston
Charity: ARC Broward arcbroward.com 954-746-9400
The program provides job training for the student chefs who have disabilities or other challengeswho attend the ARC Broward Culinary program.
The company prepared holiday goodie bags and is hosting a Christmas Carnival that will be held Dec. 12 at ARC Broward in Sunrise to entertain the ARC Broward preschoolers who attend and have intellectual disabilities such as Downs Syndrome, Autism or Cerebral Palsy.
How you can help: Get an Angel from the ARC Broward Angel Tree by visiting the ARC Broward campus at 10250 NW 53rd St., Sunrise, and fulfill an angel wish on or before Dec. 14, or participate in its year-end giving campaign at arcbroward.com
Attorneys Dell & Schaefer Chartered, Hollywood
Charity: Salvation Army Angel Tree uss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss_fortlauderdale.nsf 954-524-6991
Law firm employees donated new toys and gifts to fullfil the wishes of "angels" in need in the local community.
How you can help: People can visit a local mall such as Coral Square in Coral Spings or Pembroke Lakes Mall and an angel and buy a gift for that child. The gifts are given to parents a few days before Christmas.
Once Upon a Quilt, Fort Lauderdale
Charity: ConKerr Cancer program conkerrcancer.org
Vounteers gathered at the shop to undertake the project to make 230 colorful pillowcases which were distributed to Baptist Health South Florida, Miami Children's Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and Holtz Children's Hospital.
How you can help: The public can participate in next year's effort with donations of 1 1/2 yards of quality 100% cotton fabric with a cheerful print, to the shop at 3404 Griffin Road.
QEP Co., Inc.
Charity: The Haven of Boca Raton haven4kids.org 561-483-0962
The organization provides a safe and stable environment for young men ages 9-17 in Boca Raton that have been removed abusive and/or neglectful homes and placed in protective care by the state of Florida.
The company that specializes in installation tools and accessories for the tile, stone and masonry trades, efreshed the the facility. Volunteers spread 400 bags of mulch on The Haven grounds.
How you can help: Visit haven4kids.org
The Living Room, Boynton Beach.
Charity: Pajama Program pajamaprogram.org
The Pajama Program is a way to create a warm and nurturing bedtime environment for vulnerable youngsters living under difficult circumstances. The organization provides pajamas to children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected and are now living in various situations including group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities.
The restaurant, noted for its small, cozy "living rooms" with comfortable seating and a bit of privacy for dates or get-togethers with friends and family, hosted a trivia game night and attendees brought in a new pair of pjs sizes infant to 18 yerals old.
How you can help: The program has over 60 chapters nationwide including one in Palm Beach County. Call chapter president Marion Fitzsimmons 561-716-4051 or visit pajamaprogram.org
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