Clearwater and Tampa Bay starts hopping during the holidays, and we’ve noticed a whole host of cool events popping up. If you’ve been following our blog you know we like to give shout outs to local events from time to time, both so you don’t miss them and to help the event organizers get the word out.
Here are a few we’ve found (though there are many more). We’re focusing primarily on those events which can help people right here in Clearwater and Tampa Bay this holiday season.
First, a way to help the hungry that doesn’t even require you to leave your couch. St. Paul Catholic Church is hosting an online food drive. Here’s how it works. You log into their website, here: http://yougivegoods.com/ABC-Tampa, and purchase any goods you like. You pay, and they get the goods, which they then pass on to the hungry and needy. This is literally the most convenient way we’ve ever seen to provide direct help to the needy.
On December 10, you can help raise money for AIDS research by participating in the Tampa Bay AIDS Walk and 5 K run. Registration is at 8 AM. Just head to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Visit the website to learn how you can get in on the fundraising.
If you’d like to be part of the Brooksville Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 17 just call Clay Black at (352) 592-4949. He’ll give you an assigned area and team so you can help determine the number of birds in a 7.5-mile radius. This activity provides a snapshot of local bird populations, information which researchers will be using over the coming year.
If getting up that early isn’t your thing, try the Take Me Home event from the Friends of Strays Animal Shelter. That’s at 10:00 AM on December 17; cats will be up for adoption for just $20. They’ll be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and treated for fleas and ear mites, which means they come to you with nearly $500 of completed veterinary care. For more information, visit http://www.friendsofstrays.com/.
Finally, on December 20 look for the Bay Area Legal AT Cares event. If you or someone you love is an elderly person who has legal problems but cannot afford legal services then head to this event at the CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center at 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. The event starts at 10 AM, but you need to call (727) 847-5494 to get an appointment.
Here at Done Rite Roofing we truly love the way Clearwater and Tampa Bay residents look out for each other, especially around the holidays. We salute all of these groups who are out there making a difference, and hope you will take a little time to enjoy some of these opportunities.
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