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Angels to the rescue

Estero Island Garden Club, Fort Myers Beach Library team up for holiday gift collection

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Nov 12, 2020

The Estero Island Garden Club decorated this tree on the third floor of the Fort Myers Beach Library as part of a holiday gift collection effort.

In a time of great challenge, the Estero Island Garden Club and Fort Myers Beach Library have recognized the need out in the greater Lee County community this holiday season.

That’s why Estero Island Garden Club President Paula Smith said her group has partnered with the library for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.

The club decorated a tree on the third floor of the library Nov. 5 with tags for those looking to donate unwrapped gifts for needy children.

The Salvation Army has identified children from less fortunate families in Fort Myers who can use assistance for the holidays.

According to Smith, there are 40 tags on the tree with each card identifying a need and a wish for each child, along with their age and the size of the clothing they need.

Those wishing to help can stop by the library on the first floor and sign up for a tag. Unwrapped gifts are to be returned to the library’s first floor where they will be tracked.

All gifts must be brought to the library by November 30th to insure a holiday delivery.

“We hope to make the holiday season a little brighter especially for those that have been impacted by the pandemic,” Smith said.

Smith said the Salvation Army is familiar with the families “that have shown a real need.”

This is the first year the organization has involved itself with the Salvation Army charity. It’s also a first for the library, she said.

“So many people have struggled with the pandemic and families are of need. We wanted to reach out to families to make sure children get some wonderful gifts,” Smith said.