Bradenton, FL – October 30, 2019- Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee announces the 14th Annual Community Shoebox Drive and Reception presented by the Lakewood Ranch Elks Club will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 4 pm – 6 pm at the Lakewood Ranch Elks Club (4602 Lena Road, Bradenton, 34211). This event will benefit homebound seniors across Manatee County. Guests are encouraged to bring a wrapped and filled shoebox for a senior OR a $20 donation at the door. The goal is to collect 1,000 shoeboxes to be delivered to seniors throughout the holidays by Meals on Wheels PLUS volunteers.
A “Cocktails for a Cause” Celebrity Bartender Event will also be held to raise funds to purchase Shoebox gifts on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm. Celebrity bartenders include: Brett Davis, Lakewood Ranch Elks, Monaca Onstad, Lakewood Ranch Communities, Michelle Meegan & Bianca Murack, Tidemark Financial, Kathy Martella, Meals on Wheels PLUS Board Member, and Andy Guz CEO Lakewood Ranch Medical Center & Meals on Wheels PLUS Board Member. Beverages and food will be available for purchase. All tips collected and a portion of each bill will be donated to Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and the Shoe Box drive.
“We are excited to bring the 14th annual Holiday Shoebox event to the beautiful, brand new Lakewood Ranch Elks Clubhouse. Having grown over the years, our goal is to provide holiday gifts to over 1,000 seniors in Manatee County this year. The gifts collected are often the only holiday gift our clients receive, and we are asking our community to join us in this important effort so that no seniors are forgotten in our community this holiday season,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.
About this Effort:
Members of the community are encouraged to gather items from the list below to provide a holiday gift to homebound seniors in Manatee County. Filled shoeboxes can be delivered to the Shoebox Reception on Sunday, December 8th from 4 pm – 6 pm at the Lakewood Ranch Elks Club. Shoebox gifts can also be delivered to the office of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, Renaissance on 9th location (1816 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205) during business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
- · Each shoebox is wrapped top and bottom separately.
- · Typically 10 items are placed in each box with tissue paper.
- · The box is closed and secured with a rubber band and is identified as either male, female or non-gender specific.
Items to include:
Chapstick, flashlight with batteries, hand lotion/moisturizer, holiday trinkets (non-breakable), Kleenex, mechanical pencils, notepads, pens, paperback puzzles (large print), shampoo, slipper socks with grips, holiday cards, toothbrush/toothpaste, alcohol-free mouthwash, soap.
Items NOT Needed:
Razors, candy, candles, breakables, gift cards