Community Spirit

Wreaths Across America Request

Go to and order a wreath to be placed at Jacksonville National Cememtary gravesites to remember and honor our fallen hero's it's only $15.00 the deadline is tomorrow we personally visited this great cementary yesterday. it's awesome what there doing for our fallen hero's please lets remember them on the holidays they deserve that much as of right now there's 2,200 soldiers buried there.I know times are tough but our organization itself purchased (4) wreaths today please see what you can do.Thankyou Sincerely Jim Mitzel P.S. According First Coast News Report last night they were over 900 short of covering all the gravesites.

TGIF. Fest & Bike Show (February 4th 2011) 5pm Until 9pm

TGIF Fest & Bike Show on Feb 4th 2011 will be in downtown Starke 5pm until 9pm. We are just now in the planning stages. We have "Phil Cay & The Chantels" as our entertainment. but were looking for Bikers & Vendors. "Chrissy's Ole Time Meeting Cafe" is our official sponsored of this event they are going to donate proceeds from all there dinner sales from 5pm until 9pm to our cause.Also Starke & Keystone Heights Pizza Huts will be involved by giving us 15% of each purchase to support our cause. also that evening prizes will be awarded to the best looking bikes so come on down to Starke show us what you GOT.And kick up your heals and enjoy a great dinner or pizza & music Etc.

Hampton Veterans Memorial Fund,Inc. ( First Annual Christmas Party)

This is our first christmas party to show our apperciation to out volunteers,supporters,donater's all we ask is please bring a covered dish of some kind please don't bring your beverages with you they must be purchased from the social quarters at the American Legion Post where this party is being held we look forward to having you attend. please contact our chairperson of this event Georgeann Pullen @ 352-328-1717 for more info.Thankyou P.S. Live Entertainment from 7pm until 9:30pm

Habitat for Humanity's Annual Fundraiser

You are invited to join Habitat for Humanity at the Annual Holiday Gala for Humanity and enjoy the 12 Tastes of Christmas, a sampling of fine food selections from the best dining St. Augustine has to offer. In its 16th year, the Gala will be held at the River House, and will be offering a tasting menu with wine pairings. Silent and live auctions, live music from local band Chillula, and dancing will all be part of the night’s festivities. Mr. Tom Crawford, Director of St Johns County Housing and Community Services, will be the esteemed Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Crawford is whom Habitat’s 34 home development, Crawford Park, is named after, and has been one of Habitat for Humanity of St. Johns County’s biggest supporters and loyal advocate for many years.

Spotted: The Best Salvation Army Volunteer in Middleburg

A community member sent us a tip about the most enthusiastic Salvation Army volunteer. He is located at an unspecified Publix in Middleburg singing with a Karoke Machine.

"In this day of hustle and bustle and everyone worrying about the economy and upcoming holidays, we try to skirt around the donation kettle. This was different. As I stood and watched this delightful man, I could not help but notice the smiles that he brought to the patrons of the store. Many stopped to chat and his bucket was full. I just thought he was a unique individual. His way of reminding us of the less fortunate was wonderful. He deserves some recognition for a job well done!"

If you see him, tell us where to find him.

Faces of the First Coast 2011 Go Red For Women Casting Call

The American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” movement is calling on women and men who live in the region to submit their heart health stories for the 2011 “Faces of the First Coast” casting call. If chosen, applicants will become representatives of the local public awareness campaign beginning in the spring of 2011. In addition, local winners will be eligible for submission to the American Heart Association’s national “Go Red For Women” casting call. Members of the “Faces of the First Coast” work to bring the dangers, signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease to our community. They represent, exemplify and advocate for the mission of Go Red For Women through education and awareness.

Wounded Warrior Project Announces Scholarship

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is proud to announce a $1,000 scholarship and essay contest for high school seniors. The scholarship is open to public, private, and home schooled students in the Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. John’s Counties in Florida.

Students are being asked to submit a 500 word essay answering the question, “Why is it important to honor our Veterans?” Deadline for the essay is February 21, 2011.  A panel of judges will then honor the top essay from each county with a $1,000 scholarship award which winners can use at any college, technical school or university nationwide.