You can make a Manatee County senior's holiday a little brighter this year by participating in the Holiday Shoebox Drive Reception this Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4-6 p.m. at The Ranch Grill, put on by Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.
Admission is free to the event with a $20 donation or by bringing a wrapped shoebox filled with goodies for seniors who may be homebound and alone this holiday season and may not have any gifts to open. Meals on Wheels PLUS has been collecting and distributing the holiday shoeboxes for more than three decades.
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, 14475 State Road 70, Lakewood Ranch.
“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,” said Maribeth Phillips, CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, in a news release.
Gift ideas include lotions, hand soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotions, slippers, pens, stationery, and other nonperishable necessities.
To volunteer or donate, call 941-749-0100.