The Heights Foundation Seeks Donations for Thanksgiving Outreach

15202527_10153935857587343_6061755905421531196_nThe Heights Foundation is seeking organizations and individuals to participate in the Bountiful Blessings Thanksgiving Outreach. Since 1999, the program has helped families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood make a traditional Thanksgiving meal to share with their families. In 2016, 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.

15095716_10153935857812343_3953642687594858032_n“The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. We can only do this because of the generous support of our neighbors who contribute their time and money to support our mission.” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of the Heights Foundation. “Donations of food or Publix gift cards will help families in our community. Volunteers are needed at 9 a.m. on Saturday November 18 to set up and at 12:30 on Sunday November 19 for the outreach event.”


The greatest need is for donated turkeys and rice or monetary donations to purchase those items. Additional food items needed include chickens, cranberry sauce, boxed potatoes, canned vegetables and canned gravy.

Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. until Thursday, November 16.  The outreach event will be held on Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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 on the web at

About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.