Giving feels good. In the spirit of Thanksgiving next week, we’re dedicating the Scoop to philanthropy and simple acts of kindness. Many local food banks are conducting drives, not only to provide people in need with holiday dinners, but year-round sustenance for healthy lives. Other annual charity initiatives are also underway. Here are ways that you can help.
Give Miami Day
Give Miami Day, one of the nation’s largest annual fundraisers, turns 10 this year. Help it achieve the goal of surpassing last year’s phenomenal support of $18.2 million for 850 nonprofits. Donate to the charities of your choice anytime now through the end of Thursday, November 18. Find details and donation links here.
The dynamic cities of Miami and Miami Beach are constantly evolving with the influx of new residents, visitors, businesses and brands from all over the world. There’s always something new and exciting to try, whether a starchitect-designed space, museum exhibit or hot restaurant. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Brickell | Coconut Grove | Miami Beach | Fisher Island
Space Coast Basket Brigade
Help create Thanksgiving meal packages during the annual Space Coast Basket Brigade on November 20-21. Volunteers package, decorate and personally deliver food baskets to local families in need. Nominate families, volunteer to deliver baskets, and drop off food at the drive-thru at this year’s host property, the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera Conference Center.
Named for the Kennedy Space Center, site of NASA’s SpaceX rocket launches, the Space Coast occupies much of Brevard County. It attracts surfers, cruise passengers (Port Canaveral) and nature lovers looking for pristine white beaches where sea turtles nest. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Melbourne Beach | Merritt Island
Feeding South Florida
Did you know that Feeding South Florida serves a quarter of the state’s food insecure population? Support the Broward County-based nonprofit’s ambitious mission through its Make It A No Hunger November campaign. Its Thanksgiving Food Frenzy and Adopt a Family programs benefit more than 700,000 regional residents, or 1 in 9 people here.
Broward County spans the Atlantic Ocean and downtown Fort Lauderdale and its beaches to the Florida Everglades. The expansive area offers historic neighborhoods, luxury high rises and family-friendly gated communities with a choice of in-town and suburban lifestyles. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Plantation | Rio Vista | Weston
Meals on Wheels
Nationwide Meals on Wheels’ local chapters are busier than ever, too. The Palm Beaches affiliate’s volunteer “pie masters” are baking around the clock for its “Pie It Forward” Thanksgiving online bake sale. The South Florida affiliate in Plantation, which has provided senior citizens with hot meals for three decades, needs extra-assistance now.
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Though most famous for Palm Beach, Palm Beach County’s mainland municipalities from Jupiter to Palm Beach Gardens to Boca Raton are also thriving. More people are choosing to live year-round after finding everything they need from top private schools to hip eats. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Palm Beach Gardens | Singer Island | Tequesta
Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots gets an early start in collecting donations for children who otherwise wouldn’t have something to look forward to during the holidays. Its website features links for direct donations or to find your local chapter and partners like Brevard County Fire Rescue and the Vero Beach Police Department.