5 Quick Ways to Help Your Neighbors
We found some simple ways you can give back to the community.
One of the things folks love about Dunedin is the sense of community spirit.
"It's the people that make the community that we all love," as a reader (Julie) so eloquently pointed out when explaining what makes Dunedin the best place to live in Pinellas County.
It's not surprising we found no shortage of good people spearheading charitable events this week (if you don't believe us, take a look for yourself). So in an effort to help spread the love, we gathered some quick and effortless ways to help your neighbors today and through the weekend.
How will you give back?
1) Dine out in Dunedin Thursday. That's right, if you eat at any of the five participating restaurants today, 25 percent of your meal cost goes to HIV and AIDS service organizations. We all have to eat, right? (Here's a quick link for details on where to dine.)
2) Get rid of that old rocking chair. A Dunedin Relay for Life Team is seeking rocking chair donations by May 2. The team's idea is to help make the all-night walking event accessible to those with limited mobility. With rocking chairs, those who have trouble walking, can "rock" instead. (Here's a quick link for details on donating.)
2) Donate to the Patch food drive. Six businesses are helping Patch collect non-perishable items. Our goal is to collect 2,000 pounds of food for Feeding America Tampa Bay. To help, drop your donation at any of these shops or restaurants during their business hours (Also, here's a quick link to more information):
- Art from the Heart Cafe, 730 Broadway, Suite 5
- Broadway Deli & Cafe, 730 Broadway, Suite 4
- Dunedin Smokehouse, 471 Main St.
- Enchanted Spirits, 712 Broadway
- Lucie-Mae's Beach House, 638 Skinner Blvd.
- Kookie Krums, 513 Main St.
- VFW Post 2550, 360 Douglas Ave.
4) Empty your spare change tray. Young students with First United Methodist Church of Dunedin is raising money for a mission trip by collecting change donations outside of area Walgreens stores on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Here's a quick link to more details).
5) Get out this weekend. Basically, if you join in any of the fun this weekend, you can leave knowing you helped a good cause. Here's some of what's on tap:
- The Island Outpost's two-day music festival is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Saturday and Sunday).
- The 11th annual Touch-A-Truck at Highlander Park on Saturday is raising money for the Dunedin For Youth Scholarship Fund, which helps families in need take part in Dunedin Parks & Recreation programs.
- Bark in the Park at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Saturday is benefitting Retired K9 Heroes (Admission is $6 for people, $3 for dogs).
- A Sunday shopping event at the Elks Lodge in Dunedin is raising money for special therapy for little Kiley Griggs, a toddler with cerebral palsy and daughter of a Dunedin firefighter.
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