"Home for the Holidays" is a meaningful phrase for many individuals celebrating Christmas at home with their loved ones.
Another meaningful way to celebrate the season is by helping to ensure that others in the community have a home. Sanibel's Community Housing and Resources, Inc. (CHR) is launching its "Home for the Holidays" fundraiser on Monday, Dec. 10.
Through Christmas Eve, 14 local businesses will be asking customers if they would like to make a donation to help support affordable housing for island workers. Similar to other national campaigns, individuals have the opportunity to make a donation as they check out at the participating grocery store or pay their tab at the restaurant.
More than a dozen local businesses have agreed to ask customers to make a voluntary donation to support Sanibel's CHR program. 'Home for the Holidays' donations will be recognized on hanging 'house' cards at each participating business.
Donors will the choice of signing a "CHR House" card which will be displayed at the participating business.
So far, participating at locations throughout the island are Bailey's General Store, The Coffee Bar at Bailey's, The Sanibel Cafe, The Great White Grill, Island Pizza, Island BBQ, Sweet Melissa's Cafe, Lazy Flamingo on Periwinkle Way and SanCap Road, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Shiny Objects, Santiva General Store, The Restaurant at Sanibel Island Golf Club (formerly Beachview), Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank and Bank of the Islands.
"We are grateful to the local businesses that have agreed to partner with us," said Richard McCurry, a member of CHR's development committee and largely responsible for getting "Home for the Holidays" off the ground.
"People are more than willing to help out," said McCurry. "It shows that many individuals believe it's important to provide housing for Island workers."
"Home for the Holidays" will provide vital operating funds to CHR in providing affordable housing on Sanibel. The development committee is also planning a Mardi Gras Party fundraising event to be held Feb. 9 at the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club.
CHR is a private not-for profit organization primarily dedicated to providing affordable housing to families and individuals who work on or serve the community of Sanibel. The agency oversees 74 rental units in 10 complexes throughout Sanibel Island and administers a Limited Equity Home Ownership program with Coastal Islands Community Land Trust.