On Saturday, Dec. 19, Light the Way and Light the Way for Teens delivered Christmas gifts to a local patient battling breast cancer.
According to an email, the gifts were all donated and wrapped by volunteers of Light the Way, which helps cancer patients with a variety of daily needs. The organizations provided the family with everything from diapers to a new salad spinner, fulfilling the wish list from each family member.
Light the Way aims to raise awareness about the need found in local families struggling with this disease, and the difference community support can make.
PAL kids go on a shopping spree
Academy Sports and Outdoors partnered with Bethune-Cookman University and the Daytona Beach Police Department n Saturday, Dec. 12, to bring holiday cheer to 10 local youths from the Daytona Beach Police Athletic League on $100 shopping sprees.
The children shopped alongside BCU student-athletes, the BCU Wildcats mascot, DBPD Chief Jakari Young and other police officers for gifts, according to a press release. Academy also donated $1,000 in sports and outdoors products and gift cards to PAL.
Dollars raised for police foundation
On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Granada Plaza LLC owners David Neubauer and Charles Lichtigman presented the Ormond Beach Police Foundation with a $10,000 check.
“Normally we do our giving quietly but in this case, support for the Ormond Beach Police Department, we are making our gift known and challenging other businesses to also support this worthwhile cause,” said Neubauer in an email to the Observer from foundation president Dwight Selby.
This donation brings the amount raised in the last few weeks by the foundation to over $116,000.
Golfers raise funds for food bank
A total of 37 members of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association Daytona Beach Chapter played 18 holes at Venetian Bay Golf Club on Dec. 12 as part of its annual holiday event.
Members received an LPGA logo golf towel and a box of candy made by Joan Mansour, according to a press release. Member Carlene Anthony had a hole-in-one and received a flag from Golf Pro Ben Herring. Winners included Kathleen McKay, Ann Bowman, Connie Karby, Mimi Lenio, Richard Williams, Deb Roggero, Carlene Anthony, Pat Churchwell, Barbara Kauffeld and Molly Brethour.
Donations were collected, raising $1,810 for Second Harvest Food Bank, and with the matching gift program, that will be doubled to $3,620. Visit chapters.lpgaamateurs.com/chapter/FLDB for more information.
Caregiver support group
A monthly education and support group designed to provide emotional, education and social support to those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia is being held at the Ormond Beach YMCA, located at 500 Sterthaus Drive.
The group meets every third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Call 847-2322 for more information. Masks are required.
Santa and Mrs. Claus made a special appearance at the Daytona Beach International Airport on Friday, Dec. 18.
Together with an eager elf, the three greeted airport passengers as they arrived at baggage claim. The holiday surprises continued, as passengers saw gift bags with jars of candy appear beside their luggage. According to a press release, 500 jars of candy assembled by airport staff were given away.
This tradition started in 2012.
“It’s such a fun way to show our appreciation to travelers who use Daytona Beach International Airport,” said Joanne Magley, director of marketing and customer experience. “This year has definitely had its challenges but today, seeing the delight on all of those faces, really brings out the magic of the season.”
Tree of hope
The Lester Family of Ormond Beach constructed their fifth-annual Tree of Hope benefitting Halifax Urban Ministries on Saturday, Dec. 19.
The tree, made up of 1,443 cans and packages of food, were picked up and will be distributed to local families in need. Donations were received from family, friends and neighbors in and near Hammock Trace in Ormond Beach. Thrivent Financial provided seed money to support the project.