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The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center is Seeking Contributions for Annual Heights Community Gift Drive
(Fort Myers – November 25, 2019)  – The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center is seeking organizations and individuals to participate in the annual Harlem Heights Community Gift Drive.  Individuals, businesses and philanthropic groups are asked to donate new, unwrapped gifts for local children.  Gifts are needed for more than 800 children, ranging in age from birth to 17 years of age.
Suggested donations are gifts under $25 including Legos, dolls, art sets, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, remote control cars, tea sets, action figures, board games, coloring books and crayons.  Personal items are needed including pajamas, jewelry, body lotion, spray, soaps, hair accessories and wristwatches.  Donations of gift cards from Target, Kmart or Walmart are appreciated.  Monetary donations can be made at
The gifts will be distributed to parents on Saturday, December 21 at The Heights Center, keeping the surprise in Christmas for our kids.
“This holiday season will again be challenging for many families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of the Heights Foundation. “This is a great opportunity to bring joy to the children of our community.  We are thankful for the generous support of our neighbors.”
Items can be dropped off at The Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Drive in Fort Myers.  Toys will be collected through Thursday, December 19.
Volunteers are needed to assist with event set up and at the event.
Organizations and individuals interested in participating can contact Melissa Barlow at (239) 482-7706 or  All donations are tax deductible.  Monetary donations can be made on the web at
 About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.  The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts.  The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.   GLAD Kids is a child care and pre-k center serving more than 80 children birth-five.  The Harlem Heights Community Charter School currently serves kindergarten through fourth grade and will expand to serve up to fifth grade.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community.   Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within

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