There are people who talk about helping others and then there are people who just go out and do it. Sharon and Jim Jamieson of Fort Myers Beach are doers and have been for the last 17 years.
They are the heart and soul of the Spirit of Christmas Foundation that will hold its annual fundraising evening on Tuesday, December 1st from 5-10pm at American Legion Post 274, 899 Buttonwood Drive, Fort Myers Beach.
Open to everyone, this party is anticipated by many area residents all year long because it’s not just a fundraiser, it’s fun! There will be live entertainment, dancing, a silent auction, 50/50 raffles and specials on food and drink.
The goal of the foundation is to raise money to provide a special Christmas for needy children and families in our area, recommended to the foundation via a variety of reliable channels.
Last year Jamieson summarized the selection process. “We really only take the very tough cases,” Jamieson told us. “And we only do a family once. We’re very serious about finding the right families.”
Each year, the Spirit of Christmas Foundation helps another 200+ children and 100+ families. Since it’s inception, the foundation has helped about 1,250 families and 2,600 children who otherwise would not have had a Christmas.
Jamieson and his crew raise thousands each year with the help of generous sponsors and, of course, all the donors. To donate or learn more about Spirit of Christmas, Inc., see spiritofchristmasinc.com or call Jamieson at 239-463-2717.
The Spirit of Christmas Foundation is a 501c3 organization. Jamieson is proud of the fact that the organization’s books are audited annually, giving donors peace of mind that they are supporting a cause with solid financial accounting of all donations.
Those donations allow Jamieson and a team of helpers to take the chosen families on a shopping spree at a Super Walmart store in December so they can purchase what they need to create a memorable Christmas for their family.
Everyone is invited to the party on December 1st at the American Legion Post 274. You’ll enjoy free entertainment for fun and dancing, a reasonably priced meal and drinks. Jamieson promises a good time while doing a lot of good for needy kids and families.
“What could be better or more fun?”