The Giving Exchange: How you can help
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.
Public and private organizations that work with the area's needy are bracing for an onslaught of requests for assistance this season. Here's how you can help.
THANKSGIVING MEAL: All meal supplies needed, donations accepted 24/7, St. Francis House, 413 South Main St. (378-9079)
JACKET DRIVE FOR THE HOMELESS: Collection of cold weather jackets, donations accepted 24/7, St. Francis House, 413 S. Main St. (378-9079) or 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Santa Fe College, Bldg. S lobby, 3000 NW 83rd St. (395-5000). For jacket pick-up, contact Christian Keen at email@example.com or 391-0374.
MIGRANT FARMWORKERS AND FAMILIES: The Harvest of Hope Foundation of Gainesville is seeking donations of antiques, collectibles and memorabilia to help raise funds to provide emergency and educational aid to migrant farmworkers and families across the country. (Phil Kellerman at 262-5421 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
BREAD OF THE MIGHTY FOOD BANK: Cash and food donations needed, drop-off times are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 325 NW 10th Ave. (336-0839, www.breadofthemighty.org)
GAINESVILLE HARVEST: Cash and food donations needed, drop-off times are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 4550 SW 41st Blvd., Suite 1. (378-3663, www.gainesvilleharvest.org)
GAINESVILLE COMMUNITY MINISTRY OFFICE: Cash and non-perishable food donations needed, drop-off times are 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 238 SW 4th Ave. (372-8162, www.gcmhelp.org)
GAINESVILLE COMMUNITY MINISTRY THRIFT SHOP: Requesting donations of clothing, household items\ and furniture, drop-off times are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 5001 NW 34th St. (378-3654, www.gcmhelp.org)
SALVATION ARMY OF GAINESVILLE: Cash donations and non-perishable food items needed, drop-off times are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Fridays, 639 E. University Ave. (376-1743, www.salvationarmy.org)
ST. FRANCIS HOUSE: Cash donations, food, clothing and toiletries needed, drop-off times are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 413 S. Main St. (378-9079, www.stfrancisgnv.org)
TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Collecting non-perishable food items, frozen turkeys, Publix gift cards and cash donations for Thanksgiving baskets, drop-off times are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. until Nov. 15, 4000 NW 53rd Ave. (376-6615, www.trinitygnv.org)
SOUTHWEST ADVOCACY GROUP FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER (SWAG): New, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food for Thanksgiving baskets needed, drop-off times are 9 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 807 SW 64th Terrace. (505-6823, www.swadvocacygroup.org)
ALACHUA COUNTY TOYS FOR TOTS: New, unwrapped toys needed, United Way of North Central Florida, 6031 NW 1st Place. (331-2800, www.gainesville-fl.toysfortots.org)
BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS: Unwrapped toys for children ages 6-18 and gift cards needed, 1155 NW 13th St. (375-2525, www.bbbsmidflorida.org)
CATHOLIC CHARITIES: Toys, books, games, and seasonal clothing for children needed, 1701 NE 9th St. (372-0294, www.catholiccharitiesgainesville.org)
THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AT EASTWOOD MEADOWS: Toys, educational materials and sports equipment for children ages 5-18 needed, 925 SE 43rd St. (Natalya Bannister at 377-8003)
THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AT WOODLAND PARK: Toys, educational materials and sports equipment for children ages 5-18 needed, 1900 SE 4th St. (Natalya Bannister at 377-8003)
HEALTHY FAMILIES ALACHUA: Unwrapped toys and holiday board books for children ages 0-5 needed. (Cathy Winfrey at 294-5523)
NORTHWEST CLUB: Toys, educational materials and sports equipment for children ages 5-18 needed, 2700 NW 51st Street. (Neal Gillespie at 372-5342)
PEACEFUL PATHS: Non-violent toys for children of all ages, recreational equipment, small electronics, tote bags and purses, cologne and perfume sets, makeup and costume jewelry sets, arts and crafts sets, gift wrap supplies, grocery, retail and gas station gift cards, and non-perishable foods needed, 2100 NW 53rd Ave. (Loria Anglon at 377-5690)
ROTARY CLUB/MENTOR CENTER: Toys, educational materials and sports equipment for children ages 5-18 needed, 1100 SE 17th Drive. (Liz Martin at 244-5044)
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