Community Spirit

The Blood Alliance Debuts Smart Phone App

The Blood Alliance, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, with operations in Northeast Florida, and regions of Georgia and South Carolina, is one of the first community blood banks in the nation to introduce a smart phone App.  Blood banks throughout the country often struggle with low blood donor participation. Of the 60% of healthy Americans who can donate, only 5% do.  The Blood Alliance is reaching out to younger donors with hopes that its new App, coupled with a high school iPad™ promotion, will make committing to donate a whole lot easier and more convenient!

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.

Taco Bell Donation Campaign Will Benefit Local Military Families

More than 400 Taco Bell restaurants will participate in the second annual “Freedom Bells” fundraiser, in support of the Armed Forces Families Foundation.

One hundred percent of donations made from Nov. 10-23 will go toward projects to benefit military families in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. 

8th Annual Antique Car Show and Open House

Saturday, November 13, 2010, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Cecil Pines Adult Living Community,  at the Cecil Commerce Center, on the Westside.

Spend the day viewing beautiful cars from the past and visit one of our  spacious homes.  We will have hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, sno-kones, a fun  house for the kids, clowns, make-up, blue grass music entertainment, and  free shredding service from 11 - 1.  Come out and see why Cecil Pines is  Jacksonville's most unique active Adult Community.  Admission is free.  All  donations for food, raffle tickets for all kinds of prizes, activities  benefit the Alzheimer's Association.  We raise thousands of dollars every  year in this event for this association.   For more information, please call  Christina at 771-8839.

State Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will offer free day-use entrance to Florida State Parks on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

In honor of the services and sacrifices of United States veterans, their families and communities, day-use entrance to all of Florida State Parks will be waived to park visitors on Veterans Day. This offer does not include Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

For more information on Florida’s state parks or Veterans Day event details visit www.floridastateparks.org or www.twitter.com/FLStateParks.   

674 Children in Need of Holiday Gifts

Episcopal Children’s Services is launching its annual Holiday Outreach program this week. With the help of the community, the program will provide 674 children and families in Clay, Baker, Bradford, Union, Nassau and Duval counties with Holiday gifts.

Hubbard House Announces Winner in Youth Art Contest

Mariah Blanton, an 8-year-old from Glen St. Mary, Florida, is the grand prize winner in Hubbard House’s first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest. She will receive a party for 10 at Jungle Quest, an indoor facility for kids that offers rock climbing, zip lines, tree houses and more.