Donut Strike for Manna sets new record with donated food and funds
The annual confectionary campaign that raises food and monetary donations to help feed the hungry in Pensacola set a new record with 20,233 pounds of healthy food and $21,582 donated.
That adds up to 34,074 healthy meals to feed the hungry in the community at a time when donations are down because of the cancellation of major food drives such as the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
One in three children go to bed hungry in this community. So, for participating agencies, this became a competition to see who could bring in the most groceries and money. The Pensacola Police Department won first place for pounds of food, and the Midway Fire District brought in the most cash.
Agencies that participated include Escambia County Fire Rescue, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Gulf Breeze Fire Rescue, Gulf Breeze Police Department, Midway Fire District, Pace Fire Rescue District, Pensacola Fire Department, and Pensacola Police Department.
Visit mannahelps.org for details.
Sunday’s Child announces winners of $108,000 in grants
Sunday’s Child, a Pensacola-area nonprofit which promotes LGBTQ+ inclusion and equality, recently awarded grants to four Pensacola Bay area charities at the organization’s seventh annual Membership Meeting.
The 165 members of Sunday’s Child funded and selected the projects and initiatives, which included Children’s Home Society, United For A Good Cause, Bright Bridge Ministries and Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Each of the four organizations will receive $27,000 to fund their projects.
Membership for 2022 is now open.
Visit sundayschild.org for details.
Pen Air donates $10,000 through #JeansForCommunerosity
The employees of Pen Air Federal Credit Union presented a total of $10,000 to two local nonprofits during the second quarter of the year. Council on Aging of Northwest Florida Inc. and Gulf Coast Kid’s House each received a gift of $5,000 to enhance the lives of the people they serve.
Pen Air’s Jeans for Communerosity program is an employee-driven fundraising effort to give back to those in need in the community. Each year, employees nominate and vote for local nonprofit organizations to be recipients of this philanthropic program.
Visit penair.org/Communerosity for details.
Protect sea turtles and imperiled species with Trash Bash
Help protect sea turtles and other imperiled species through a citizen science program taking an active role in the war against marine debris with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.
Volunteers collect trash from different areas along the 4.5 miles of Navarre Beach and record data that is forwarded to state and federal agencies. Meet in the main Navarre Beach Parking Lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. A limited supply of gloves, buckets and pickers will be available.
Call 850-684-3347 or visit navarrebeachseaturtles.org for details.
2021 National Night Out will be a drive-thru event
The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County and CDAC Behavioral Health will host the 2021 National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Clyde L. Gracey Community Center, 5629 Byrom St., Milton. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until all supplies have been distributed.
In keeping with COVID-19 guidance on social distancing and limiting the size of community gatherings, this year’s National Night Out will be a drive-thru event. As such, local agencies and business sponsors will include educational materials and promotional items along with the school supplies and a bag of food provided by Feeding the Gulf Coast. Volunteers will place bags in car trunks and truck beds.
Upon arriving at the community center, attendees will remain in their vehicles. National Night Out is a tobacco-free event.
Visit natw.org/about for details.
Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup set for Saturday
The next Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup will take place Saturday in the Eastgate, Parker Circle and Palisade areas. This event allows City of Pensacola Sanitation customers in the cleanup area to leave eligible items at the curb for pickup. City of Pensacola Sanitation Services will pick up the items free of charge.
Sanitation customers in the cleanup area must place items curbside by 7 a.m. on the day of the cleanup. Note that items left curbside outside of the cleanup area will not be collected. This month’s cleanup covers a portion of the Eastgate, Parker Circle and Palisade neighborhoods and some surrounding areas.
Visit cityofpensacola.com for details.
District 3 Neighborhood Cleanup set for Thursday
Residents of Lincoln Park will have the opportunity to dispose of yard debris and other items free of charge Wednesday during the Neighborhood Cleanup in District 3. Only residents in the designated cleanup area are eligible to participate in the neighborhood cleanup. Items left at the curb outside of the cleanup area will not be collected.
All debris must be at the curb directly in front of the residence by 7 a.m. on the day of the cleanup. Keep tires and paint cans separate from all other debris. Do not place piles under low-hanging lines or near poles, fences or mailboxes.
Visit myescambia.com/cleanup for details.
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