Thank you to all who took part in the DWA Shamrock Scramble. It was a wonderful day with the weather co-operating as well, and great to get out & socialize before the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus. At the time of writing, we do not have the details of how much we managed to make for our local charities, but we will update you when we can. Thanks also to everyone who took photos and shared them with us, and apologies if your photos didn't make the group, or I haven't included...
At the beginning of March, a few of the Deercreek ladies attended the annual luncheon held by PACE, which is currently celebrating its 35th year. There were over 430 attendees and in addition, 20 alumni walked the stage and talked about what they were doing now which...
DWA Spotlight on Charity
Ronald McDonald House – Easter Basket Drive
Every year for Easter, the DWA provides 60-80 baskets filled with toys and candy for the children staying at the Ronald McDonald House here in Jacksonville. (This includes all patients and siblings.)
You should see the joy on the faces of each boy and girl on Easter morning when they see that the Easter Bunny didn’t forget about them! Our drive this year is March 30 – April 8. Please drop off donations of individually wrapped candy and new (small) toys and stuffed animals to Barb Smith at 7804 Blakeford Mill Lane or in the bin that will be located behind the Reception Desk at the Club. (We don’t have a bin at the guard gate because a lot of the candy has chocolate in it and we don’t want it to melt.) You can also give Barb a call at 904-716-1734 and she will stop by and pick up your donation.
Thank you so much for supporting Ronald McDonald House! We truly appreciate it!
Spotlight on Charity – Jacksonville Humane Society
I have been volunteering with the Jacksonville Humane Society since 2008 and it is a charity that is near and dear to my heart and where my family adopted 3 special members of our family: Simba, Dexter & Chewy. You may not realize it, but Jacksonville is proud to be a “no kill” city, thanks to the work of the Jacksonville Humane Society, along with our friends at Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services and First Coast No More Homeless Pets. That means that unless an animal is a danger to society or too sick to live a meaningful life, it will not be euthanized if it is in JHS’ care.
In 2019, we have:
- provided a safe place for over 7500 pets who arrived at our door
- given temporary foster care to over 3700 orphaned kittens
- kept over 1300 dogs and cats with their loving families thanks to our community
- resource programs
found homes for over 6,500 pets and counting!
If you are looking for a new best “furry” friend, JHS is located at 8464 Beach Blvd. and hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 12-7; Saturday and Sunday 10-5. All animals adopted at JHS leave spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and heartworm tested, which is all covered by the adoption fee. Adoption fees vary, but many animals’ adoption fees are sponsored. Further information can be found at www.jaxhumane.org.
JHS is always in need of used towels and always accepts donations of wet and dry dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, pet treats and, of course, monetary donations. Any donations can be dropped off at the shelter, or you can drop them off at my house, 8233 Persimmon Hill Lane, or call me (904-519-6948) and I will be happy to pick them up from you. The puppies and kitties and I thank you for your generosity!!
By Jill Cole
The Deercreek Women’s Alliance has been an active organization in Deercreek since 1999.
The Alliance’s primary function is to promote an awareness of the needs of local charitable organizations and to raise funds for these charities through a variety of activities and social events–and to have a great time while doing it.
The Alliance is open to any Deercreek or Edgewater resident or Deercreek Club member.
The Alliance is proud of the donations made in the past, totaling about $300,000. There is always more to be done and we continue to look for new areas where our help can make a difference.
Your Deercreek Women’s Alliance is open to all ladies who reside in the Deercreek neighborhood. You do not have to be a member of the Deercreek Country Club to enjoy a membership with the DWA. If you are not yet a PART OF THE HEART OF DEERCREEK and would like to join the DWA, please contact membership chairperson Mary Stelbrink at 363-2360. Membership is $25 a year.
PACE Center for Girls
If you are a teenage girl or the parent of a teenage girl, please consider donating clothes that are no longer worn to the PACE Center. Vicki Khan would be glad for you to drop off clothing donations to her home at 10148 Deercreek Club Road East, 904-923-3538.
Mandarin Food Bank
The Mandarin Food Bank helps to feed over 20,000 needy members of our Jacksonville community each year. They rely heavily on donations to keep their pantries stocked. So, the next time you purchase nonperishable BOGO items (buy one/get one free) at the grocery store, please consider dropping off your extra ones at Carmen Kelly’s home for delivery to the Mandarin Food Bank. Carmen’s address is 10139 Bishop Lake Road, W. She may be reached by phone at 519-0622. Thank you!!!
DWA Ongoing Charity Drives
PACE School for Girls: Clothing of all sizes for teenage girls is needed. Donated items can be dropped off at Vicki Khan’s home at 10148 Deercreek Club Rd, 519- 7722.
Jacksonville Humane Society: The JHS can always use bags of dried cat and dog food, blankets, towels, pet toys, bowls, flea killing soap and pet beds. Donations can be dropped off at Jill Cole’s home, 8233 Persimmon Hill Lane, 519-6948.
Mandarin Food Bank: Any non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, jelly and oatmeal can be dropped off at Carmen Kelly’s home at 10139 Bishop Lake Rd W, 519-0622.
Books-A-Go Go: Used or new books for children from Pre-K to 5th grade can be dropped off at Natalie Jackson’s home at 10135 Deercreek Club Rd. E, 519-5802.
Alpha Omega Thrift Store: The Alpha Omega Store have a truck that comes into the community on the first Tuesday of each month. To schedule a pick up or to drop merchandise, please contact Elizabeth Curtin on firstname.lastname@example.org