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Remembering the Children of Port St. Joe, FL at Christmastime

Remembering the Children of Port St. Joe, FL at Christmastime- Toy Drive in Cortez, FL

| Laura Bell Adams |

Last month, a group of locals were a part of delivering hurricane relief donations to the Panhandle of Florida, helping hurricane victims get some much-needed essentials and hygiene items. One pleasant surprise for the children was the inclusion of more than 300 Halloween treat bags, which were very happily received, as trick-or-treating and Halloween festivities had all been cancelled. Seeing the smiles on those faces has inspired those same locals again for the upcoming Christmas holiday. They will be transporting toys up to Port St. Joe a few weeks before Christmas to make sure the children there receive them in plenty of time.



The Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar, The Blessing Bags Project, and SIRF have joined forces to help ensure the children of Hurricane Michael-ravaged Port St. Joe have a good Christmas! They are holding an ongoing toy-drive through Wednesday, December 5th. New, unwrapped toy donations may be dropped off at the restaurant located at 4628 119th St West in Cortez Village. Monetary donations are accepted as well, with checks made payable to “FL Rest. Employee RTRF” (Florida Restaurant Employee Red Tide Relief Fund). We know the children up there will appreciate every little bit you can do.

The Bradenton Elks Riders to gather to benefit Toy Drive for children from Hurricane Michael.These businesses are also getting together with the Bradenton Elks Riders to host the First Annual Toy Run on Saturday, December 1, 2018. This is a fun way to help out! Registration begins at 10am at Bradenton Elks Lodge #1511 (2511 75th St. W., Bradenton, FL. 34209). Kickstands up at 11am. The ride ends at Swordfish Grill & Tiki in Cortez, FL. Last bike in by 1:30pm. The entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy ($10 min. value). There will also be lunch and a beverage, live music, raffles AND it’s open to cars as well as bikes! Decorate it for a chance to win a prize! 

“Ok folks 1 more time – the toy drive for the panhandle is still going on this week. Please get your toy donation or your money donation, so they can buy toys, to the Swordfish Grill and tiki bar so they can fill the truck. They sure appreciated the Halloween bags and still don’t have stores or a place to put up a Christmas tree and in most cases a roof over their head. Let’s join in and make a Christmas for the children there. Thank you again for those that have donated and those that are going to donate.” Ellen Scott


Photos courtesy of The Swordfish Grill & Tiki.

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