Community Spirit

The Salvation Army Desperately Seeking Turkey Donations

The Salvation Army has issued a call to residents of the First Coast to remember the needs of the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. The Salvation Army is making a plea for immediate donations of turkeys to supplement the Thanksgiving Food Boxes and Thanksgiving Homeless Meal on November 25.  The Salvation Army is accepting turkeys purchased from local supermarkets or cash donations to purchase turkeys.

Second Annual Sheriff's Roast to Benefit Police Athletic League

The Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Inc. (PAL) is hosting the Second Annual Sheriff’s Roast on Nov. 18, 2010, at the Omni Hotel. Ron Autrey, President of Miller Electric, is this year’s honoree.

“Sheriff Rutherford asked me on behalf of the Police Athletic League to be their 2010 Sheriff’s Roast Honoree and I was delighted to accept,” said Autrey, “It was a personal experience that led me here.

2010 Tobacco Free Parks Litter Pick-Up Week

Join Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), Florida’s Parks and Recreation, and Oceanway Middle School 4H Club in a state wide clean-up of tobacco litter within our parks. CPPW Coordinators, Southside Middle School SWAT Club, Oceanway Middle School 4H Club and our local partners will be engaging in cleanups of tobacco litter within our parks. The tobacco litter will be weighed and all trash from the cleanups across the state will be totaled.

On November 13, 2010, the Oceanway Middle School 4H Club will work with the Southside Middle School Boys and Girls Club/SWAT to help 4H sweep up trash at the Greater Jacksonville Fairgrounds. The students will also educate attendees about tobacco issues.  Another activity of the day for the students is to collect petitions asking to remove candy-flavored tobacco products from store shelves in Duval County.  Tobacco Prevention Program staff from the Duval County Health Department will provide information on smoking cessation.

First Coast Freedom Playground Heel-n-Wheel, hand cycle, 5K and 10K, Nov. 13th

Fernandina love a parade and on Saturday November 13 at 9:30am several hundred people are getting ready to "heel it" down a one mile course pushing wheelchairs to raise funds and awareness of the need for community inclusion...especially at their city parks. Come cheer them on as they wheel-n-walk down Atlantic Ave.

HandsOn Jacksonville & Habitat for Humanity Partner for Veteran’s Day Projects

On Thursday, November 11th, HandsOn Jacksonville and Habitat for Humanity will celebrate and honor our military community by engaging civilian, active and retired military volunteers in community service.  A multi-site Habitat for Humanity build with Beaches Habitat for Humanity and Habijax will take place from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at both sites.

Georgia-Florida Game Shows Reduced Economic Impact

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Many fans of both schools said this year's Georgia-Florida game at EverBank Field was the most exciting ever.

The bottom line disagrees.

Research released by Visit Jacksonville indicates spending was down this year compared to 2009.

About 21,500 hotel-room nights are attributable to the game this year, but in 2009 the number was 24,600.

The dollars spent and overall impact followed a similar downward trend, as direct spending fell from $13.4 million to $11.6 million, and overall economic impact fell from $23.9 million to $20.8 million.

The average hotel stay was two nights. Many factors could have contributed to the decline.

The 2009 game featured top-ranked, unbeaten Florida and hometown quarterback Tim Tebow.

The 2010 game featured two unranked teams with first-year quarterbacks.

Adoption . . . A Perfect Fit Fashion Show, Nov 13th

In celebration of National Adoption Month, Family Support Services of North Florida (FSS) is shining the spotlight on adopting children from foster care by hosting a fashion show, Adoption . . . A Perfect Fit, on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Avenues Mall, 10300 Southside Blvd. More than 20 local foster children available for adoption will model fall fashions on the lower level of the mall, in front of Sears.