|Bradenton, FL – December 2, 2013 – A Holiday Shoebox Drive Reception will be held at The Ranch Grill on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 4pm to 6pm. Admission is free with one filled shoebox or a $20 donation to Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. At the event, attendees will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for prizes ranging from Disney tickets to restaurant gift certificates. Complimentary appetizers will be provided by The Ranch Grill.
The Ranch Grill is located at 14475 State Road 70, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.
“It is truly meaningful to watch a senior client’s eyes light up as they receive their shoebox. They are sincerely grateful, and it makes the spirit of giving come to life. Join us for the Shoebox Drive Reception and know that your contribution will help to make the holiday season bright for a local senior in need,” says Maribeth Phillips, CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.
For more than three decades, Meals on Wheels PLUS 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 8, 2013, the public is asked to fill a shoebox with gifts for a senior, wrap the top and bottom separately for the holidays, and bring it to the Shoebox Drive Reception at The Ranch Grill. Gift ideas include lotions, hand soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotions, slippers, pens, stationery, and other nonperishable necessities.
To volunteer or donate, please call 941-749-0100.
Sponsors of this event are Herald Tribune Media Group, Lakewood Ranch Community Activities, Lisa-Marie Hintze- Skin Care Professional & Color Specialist, Living on the Suncoast Magazine, Pro-Motion Notions, SMR, Tidemark Financial Services & Insurance, The Ranch Grill, and Vanessa Fine Jewelry.
About Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is a 4-Star Charity, as rated by Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator and is the winner of the 2013 Overall Non-Profit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Since 1972, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has been providing nutritional assistance and caring, supportive 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.