Holiday Outreach

Bountiful Blessings & Operation Christmas Care

Since 1999, Bountiful Blessings Thanksgiving Outreach has helped families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood make a traditional Thanksgiving meal to share with their families. In 2015, partner 363 ver 2agencies, businesses, philanthropic organizations and more than 100 volunteers provided turkeys and groceries to nearly 400 families.

The Heights Center and Gladiolus Learning and Development Center’s Operation Christmas Care helps more than 550 children from Harlem Heights.  225 families receive turkeys & food items for their Christmas dinner.

Valeria Cruz gets a candy cane from Santa (640x527)Gifts are distributed at “Operation Christmas Care” where each child visita Santa, met Sheriff’s officers and firefighters from Iona McGregor Fire Department, has cookies with hot chocolate and makes Christmas crafts, while their parents choose gifts for their children, keeping the surprise in Christmas for our kids.

We can only do this because of the generous support of our neighbors who contribute their time and money to support our mission.

Organizations and individuals interested in participating in Bountiful Blessings or Holiday Outreach can contact Melissa Barlow at (239) 482-7706 or All donations are tax deductible.