There are many children living in need here on the First Coast. Celebrate the spirit of the season by donating gifts to these regional organizations.
An organization dedicated to helping underprivileged students across the region, this is a wonderful way to bring joy and brightness to children here on the First Coast. Visit brightholidays.org
The Bridge of Northeast Florida
With both the Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Teen Christmas programs, this is an excellent organization to give to this holiday season. You can help an entire family celebrate! www.bridgejax.com
PACE Center for Girls
Teenage girls are tough to shop for. PACE is accepting donations of gift certificates to give to the young women they serve. Visit www.pacecenter.org
Daniel Kids Foundation
Adopt a child and fill his/her wishlist this holiday season through the Daniel Kids Foundation . Visit www.danielkids.org
Hope Worldwide Jacksonville
This organization throws a Senior Santa party, a toy drive, and delivers meals to the elderly on Christmas. Spread the love at www. Hopeww.org/jacksonville
If the winter blues become too much to bare, get help. Here is a list of some places here in Northeast Florida that are a good place to start.
PSI Behavioral Health
3890 Dunn Ave
Jacksonville, Florida 32218
Breakthroughs: Counseling & Recovery
3810-3 Williamsburg Park Park Blvd
Jacksonville, Florida 32257
Florida Counseling and Evaluation Services
6950 Philips Highway
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Do you have a health nut in your life that wouldn’t touch a fruitcake with a ten foot pole?
Here is a list of some great healthy gifts to give those hosts and hostesses that would shy away from a tin of cookies!
Local Artisan Soaps
For the clean freak that loves organic, there is a variety of great local artisan soaps available at Riverside Arts Market and various boutiques in town. We love Long Hammock Organic soaps, because they come in a sweet little muslin bag. You can pick up a stack of bars at Violet in the 5 Point neighborhood in Riverside.
Local Fruit Basket
Those poor souls that watch their diet even during the holiday season, a fruit basket of locally grown fruit is a great alternative to a pound cake. Winter is citrus season, and persimmons abound in November. The Beaches Green Market is a safe bet for picking up a variety of local produce for a gift basket.
Spice it Up
A little bag of spices and rubs are a gift with a long shelf life. For those who love to go lean and mean on the grill, a new addition to the spice cabinet is always a safe bet. Native Sun has a fantastic selection of organic and unique spice blends.
Instead of bringing a bottle of wine, bring a beautiful glass jug of fresh juice. You can hit up Pulp or one of the local juice bars for a fresh squeeze.
Dress it Up
The Olive Oil store at the St. Johns Town Center has an awesome selection of olive oils and unique vinegars that would make an excellent gift for anyone who loves a good salad!