Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lee County Students Make A Difference In Their Community

Often times news regarding charities in the Ft Myers area isn't good news. Recent headlines have reported how many of the largest and most visible of our local charitable organizations are struggling through the recession much the same as the citizens they reach out to. Charity fundraisers such as the "Cattle Baron's Ball" which raises money for The American Cancer Society, and The American Heart association's "Heart Ball" are finding it more difficult to get people to attend, and those who attend are donating less. On top of that there is now talk that approximately 400 of Lee County's non profit organizations are facing the possibility of losing their tax exempt status! Troubling news indeed!

At a time when we need it so much what a relief it has been to hear stories of how a number of students in Lee County have gone the extra mile to give something back to their community.

  • Samantha Muller of Ft Myers Beach Elementary crafts socks into "stuffies", sells them for a dollar a piece, and donates all the proceeds to "Pennies for Patients", a cause that raises money to find a cure for cancer!
  • Evangelical Christian School's Varsity Cheerleaders provided 20 meals to residents staying at The Ronald McDonald House, and donated toys to children staying there!
  • Deborah Chaney of Sonshine Christian Academy donated her time to volunteer at the ACT shelter, which gives assistance to victims of domestic violence!
  • Lane Murphy, a 2nd grade student at Alva Elementary School donated $20. he had won at an Easter egg hunt to the American Cancer society's" Relay For Life"!

Kudo's to these thoughtful, inspiring, young members of our community who are making an effort to improve the lives of their SW Florida neighbors! I hope these young people know their efforts aren't going unnoticed or unappreciated!

Rick Thomas, Social media/SEO Consultant in Ft Myers Florida, Writer, interested in making a positive difference in my community including but not limited to: regional search engine marketing for small businesses in Ft Myers Florida. Local Google Ranking Improved for both companies and charities. 501c3 non profit promotion done pro bono.

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