Naples Florida Weekly


Capital Wealth Advisors, St. Matthews House to deliver hope for the holidays

On Monday, Nov. 15, the First Baptist Church of Naples parking lot will become a bustling holiday central assembly line for the 17th Annual Capital Wealth Advisors Turkey Drop. More than 100 volunteers will gather as Capital Wealth Advisors and its community partners donate and join with St. Matthew’s House in assembling nearly 2,500 frozen turkeys, dinners with sides, vegetable boxes, pumpkin pies, and eggs.

These Hope for the Holidays meal boxes will later be distributed by St. Matthew’s House to low-income families, those with disabilities, senior citizens and veterans. Hope for the Holidays meal boxes will be distributed on the following days:

Wednesday, November 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Immokalee Friendship House, 601 West Main Street, Immokalee; Thursday, November 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Naples, 3000 Orange Blossom Drive; Friday, November 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., First Baptist Church of LaBelle, 330 North Main Street, Labelle as well as 12 p.m.-2 p.m., at Grace Church, 14036 Matanzas Drive; and Saturday, November 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., St. Matthew’s House Thrift Store, 3954 Broadway, Fort Myers.

St. Matthew’s House also will host its annual turkey dinner with all of the fixings for shelter residents and others in need on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, from noon-4 p.m., at Campbell Lodge, 2001 Airport Road South, Naples.

The public can participate in the Turkey Drop by donating frozen turkeys and canned goods to the St. Matthew’s House donation drop off at 2601 Airport Road South, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Cash donations to help with last minute items for families in need also are appreciated. St. Matthew’s House is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides food, shelter and services to those struggling with poverty, chronic hunger and homelessness.

Pace Center for Girls announces “A Gift from the Heart” Campaign

“A Gift from the Heart,” Pace Center for Girls’ campaign to support the girls’, has kicked -off this November. “At our highest giving level, Honor the Female Spirit, supporters have the opportunity to sponsor a Pace girl for the year,” said Sharon Tolnai, development manager. “This year we are adding a layer where our supporters at this level not only receive letters from their sponsored girl/s, but they will be able to reciprocate and send inspirational notes to the girls to be a motivator for them. We look for this to promote a stronger connection between our supporters and the Pace girls.”

“A Gift from the Heart” is part of Pace’s Believing in Girls Society and will continue through to the Spring of 2022, building momentum up to the center’s signature event, the Believing in Girls Luncheon, held on April 22, 2022, at Quail West Golf and Country Club.

Pace Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee, serves at-risk girls between the ages of 12-18 by providing strengthsbased, trauma-informed, and gender responsive academics and social services. Donations for this appeal and for more information about Pace visit

Community foundation awards grants to local nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Collier County has recently awarded grants to the following nonprofit organizations:

¦ Neighborhood Health Clinic was awarded a $20,000 grant in support of “Own Your Health,” a newly designed program focused on teaching patients with chronic disease to take control of their health challenges. Through “Own Your Health,” the Clinic will actively help patients understand the complications and the health risks associated with hypertension, obesity and insulin resistance, and also provide an educational guide aimed at moving high risk patients to a low, or no risk state. A plan for “Own Your Health” will be detailed for each patient risk group, and is the primary objective of the program. The main focus will be based on patient-centered care and education. Self-management through education will empower both the patient -and their families- with knowledge on how they can control, prevent and perhaps even reverse their current condition. All classes are held at the Clinic for current Clinic patients.

To learn more about the Neighborhood Health Clinic and the nonprofit organization’s services and programs, please call 239.261.6600, or visit

¦ The Greater Naples YMCA announced it has received a $10,000 grant. These funds will support financial assistance and ensure families have access to affordable childcare. With a focus on meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of our young learners, the Y offers quality full-day early learning opportunities and child care for infants through preschoolers, enabling parents and family members to go to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments.

“Both the Community Foundation of Collier County and the YMCA know how important it is to support working families in our community.” says Stephanie Pepper, youth development director. “Thanks to the Community Foundation, this grant helps parents and family members go to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Fifth Third Bank partner for Tree Toy Drive

Fifth Third Bank is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for its annual Giving Tree Toy Drive campaign program running now through Dec. 3.

Each Fifth Third financial center will host a “Giving Tree” decorated with gift tags with specific information that pertains to the need of a child in the community. The public is encouraged to visit any local Fifth Third Bank financial center in South Florida during the month of November to pick up your gift tag.

Your donation of a gift or gift card will help make a difference and ensure a brighter holiday season for the underserved youth in our community. All donations can be dropped off at any local Fifth Third Bank in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Broward and Palm Beach. To find the nearest location, visit ¦

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