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The Heights Foundation Seeks Donations and Volunteers for Thanksgiving Outreach

By October 9, 2019No Comments

IMG_0464The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center is seeking organizations and individuals to participate in the Bountiful Blessings Thanksgiving Outreach.

Since 1999, the program has provided the ingredients so families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood can make a traditional Thanksgiving meal in their own homes to share with their families. In 2018, partner agencies, businesses, philanthropic organizations and more than 100 volunteers provided turkeys and groceries to more than 300 families benefitting approximately 1,500 unique individuals.

“Holiday memories often center around a meal; the joy of preparation and being together as a family,” said Kathryn Kelly, president and CEO of The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center. “But, purchasing the ingredients for a holiday meal can be a large financial burden for many. Thanks to the generous support of our neighbors, we are able to provide that experience for the families in the Harlem Heights community.”

The greatest need is for donated turkeys and rice or monetary donations to purchase those items. Additional food items needed include canned yams, boxed stuffing, boxed potatoes, canned vegetables (green beans, peas, corn, and mixed vegetables), canned gravy, cranberry sauce and cake mix.

Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until Wednesday, November 20. The outreach event will be held on Saturday, November 23. The Heights

IMG_0448Center is located at 15570 Hagie Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

Volunteers are needed on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23. Contact Melissa Barlow at (239) 482-7706 or to sign up for a time slot.

Organizations and individuals interested in donating can contact Melissa Barlow at (239) 482-7706 or

All donations are tax-deductible. Monetary donations can be made on the web at

Thank you to the businesses and organizations that are supporting our event:

St. Hilary’s
Crown Colony
Florida Blue
Golisano Children’s Hospital
RE/MAX (Coleen and Michael Frye)
Daughters of the American Revolution – Estero Island Chapter
Hertz Corporation
New Hope MOPS
Zion Lutheran
Westminster Presbyterian