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Donations Needed for “Christmas Giving Tree” for Area Children

By December 3, 2020November 14th, 2021No Comments

The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center is seeking organizations and individuals to participate in the annual Harlem Heights Community Gift Drive. Individuals, businesses and philanthropic groups are asked to donate new, unwrapped gifts for local children. Gifts are needed for more than 800 children, ranging in age from birth to 17 years of age.

Suggested donations are gifts under $25 including Legos, dolls, art sets, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, remote control cars, tea sets, action figures, board games, coloring books and crayons. Personal items are needed including pajamas, jewelry, body lotion, spray, soaps, hair accessories and wristwatches. Donations of gift cards from Target, Kmart or Walmart are appreciated.

Monetary donations can be made at

The gifts will be distributed to parents on Saturday, December 19 at The Heights Center, keeping the surprise in Christmas for our kids.

“This holiday season will be especially challenging for many families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood due to the impact of COVID-19,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of the Heights Foundation. “This is a great opportunity to bring joy to the children of our community. We are thankful for the generous support of our neighbors.”

Items can be dropped off at The Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Drive in Fort Myers. Toys will be collected through Thursday, December 17.

Volunteers are needed to assist with event set up and at the event.

Organizations and individuals interested in participating can contact Melissa Barlow at (239) 482-7706 or All donations are tax deductible. Monetary donations can be made online here.

Participating organizations and businesses include:

Avalon Bay
Boardwalk Caper
Caloosa Jeepers of SWFL
Caper Club
Chapel by the Sea
Continental Women’s Club of SWFL
FP Fire Restoration
FSWC-Lee National Honor Society
Golfview Golf and Racquet Club
House of Pasta
Iona McGregor Fire District
Island Java Café at Sanibel Outlets
Jennifer’s Boutique
Kicks School of Dance
Lee County Sheriff’s Office
Millennium Apartments
Myerlee Gardens Condo Association
Peace Lutheran Church
Publix on Gladiolus Drive
ReMax Realty Group
Royal Shell Real Estate
Scotlynn Group
Sons of Liberty Masonic R.A.
Suncoast Credit Union
The Landings
The North Law Firm
Wally Cordell Accounting
West Coast Cycles
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Zion Lutheran Church