Donations Needed for “Christmas Giving Tree” for Harlem Heights Kids

IMG_7765The 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 3 to 17 years of age.

P1130416Suggested 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 also needed including pajamas, jewelry, body lotion, spray, soaps, hair accessories and wristwatches. Donations of gift cards from Target, Kmart or Walmart are also appreciated.

Monetary donations can be made at

P1130429The gifts will be distributed on Saturday, December 16 from 10:00 a.m. – noon at The Heights Center. Each child will visit Santa, have cookies with hot chocolate and make Christmas crafts, while their parents choose gifts for their children, keeping the surprise in Christmas for our kids.

“This holiday season will again be challenging for many families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood,” 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 14.

Volunteers are also 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.