|Bradenton, FL – November 21, 2012– Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee announces five holiday events and gift giving opportunities that not only benefit the recipient, but also help the organization’s many programs for seniors and the hungry.
1. SUGAR PLUM SHOPPES GIFT MARKET AT RENAISSANCE ON 9TH
The shopping event of the season, The Sugar Plum Shoppes at Renaissance on 9th, is back by popular demand. On Friday, November 30, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. shoppers are invited to a holiday gift market extravaganza where local vendors and Generations Gift Shop offer holiday gifts, home decor, beautiful jewelry and the latest fashion accessories. Held in the Turner Ballroom at Renaissance on 9th, guests will have an opportunity to sip on holiday cocktails and enjoy specials at the 9th Street Bistro. This event is free and open to the public, and takes place at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton FL 34205. 941-749-0100. Proceeds help support the programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee.
For family gatherings, office parties, special thank you’s, or a gift for someone special, Grandma’s Goodies offers sweet treats for any occasion and proceeds benefit the programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS. Select from delicious cookies by the dozen: chocolate bark in flavors of toffee crunch, cherry almond, or mint swirl; and combinations that include rich, chewy brownies. All are available for pick-up, shipping, or delivery, and are beautifully packaged for the holiday season.
Prices range from $5.35 to $40. To order Grandma’s Goodies, call 941-749-0100, or visit www.mealsonwheelsplus.org.
Senior Wheels offers safe, cost-effective transportation to Manatee County residents over age 50 who no longer drive. A member-based program of Meals on Wheels PLUS, Senior Wheels provides door-to-door service from trained drivers to medical appointments, social and recreational activities, or shopping. Personal shopping assistance is even available during a trip, by appointment. This unique service allows members to enjoy more freedom and independence. Through the end of the year, a booklet of five $25 gift certificates is available for just $100. The booklets may be purchased for specific members, or as scholarships for seniors to take part in the Senior Wheels program.
For a Senior Wheels membership application, or for more information, call 941-747-RIDE (7433). The annual membership fee is $25, and each trip is $5, with a $1.50 per-mile charge. Personal shopping assistance is available for just $15.
For more than three decades, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has collected wrapped shoeboxes filled with goodies for Manatee County seniors. Most are homebound and alone, and may otherwise not have a gift to open at all during the holiday season. Through December 16, 2012, the public is asked to fill a shoebox with gifts for a senior, wrap the top and bottom separately for the holidays, and drop it off at Meals on Wheels PLUS, 811 23rd Avenue East, Bradenton, 34205. Gift ideas include lotions, hand soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotions, slippers, stamps, stationery, and other nonperishable necessities.
Several local organizations have joined this gift outreach, collecting boxes and hosting collection parties, including the following:
– Gio Fabulous Restaurants & Martini Bars will host their Annual Shoeboxes for Seniors Christmas Party & Collection Drive on Sunday, December 16 at three locations: SR70 at 2 p.m.; Ellenton at 4 p.m.; Cortez Rd W at 6 p.m. The cost of admission is one filled shoebox.
Now through January 1, 2012, Renaissance on 9th Catering is offering delicious, gourmet meals to-go. These meals are perfect for any holiday gathering, family dinner or office party. Offerings include a variety of entrée and side options, salad and fresh bread rolls. Meals start at just $11 per person. Dessert may be added for an additional cost. Pick-up or delivery options available. For menu options and ordering information, contact Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205. 941-749-0100. Proceeds help support the programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee.
About Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee
Since 1972, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, Inc. has been providing nutritional assistance and caring services to individuals in their homes or in centers throughout Manatee County, helping them to continue to live independently. Over 60 percent of the Meals on Wheels PLUS funds must be raised through local donations, grants, and fundraising projects. For information on how to donate or volunteer, go to www.mealsonwheelsplus.org or call 941-747-4655.