Del Webb community turns out to celebrate veterans’ contributions

For the Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Association of Veterans and Military Supporters, its fifth annual Veterans Day Celebration was a special day, but it also is a continuation of a constant effort to support veterans and their families.

During the Nov. 6 event, the organization handed out $20,000 of assistance to organizations it supports, such as Manasota Operation Troop Support, JFCS of the Suncoast (Veterans Outreach), My Warrior’s Place of Ruskin, and Southeastern Guide Dogs.

JFCS seeking more Adopt-A-Family donors

SARASOTA — Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast has been happy with all the people who have signed up for “adopt-a-family.”
But JFCS still needs more help.
The community has been donating gifts for families and seniors who are struggling, with more than 330 children and 150 seniors signed up for holiday assistance through JFCS.


Since 2004, the JFCS has organized an annual Adopt-a-Family campaign to help parents struggling to provide holiday meals and gifts to their families. Donors can also brighten the day of seniors in isolation through its Adopt-a-Senior program.

Community Rally for the mendozas

Family members of a mother and father killed when their food truck blew a tire and crashed on I-75 are receiving support from the Sarasota and Manatee County communities. Life will never be the same for 4-year-old Isaac Mendoza and his sister, 5-year-old Carla, who lost both of their parents in the Aug. 16 crash.