— Lighthouse Fellowship Congregational Church, in conjunction with the Bonita Springs Assistance Office, is holding its second annual “Blankets for Bonita,” collecting new blankets to help neighbors in need in Bonita Springs. According to Maribel Slabaugh, Executive Director of the Bonita Springs Assistance Office, “Last year, the Blankets for Bonita campaign was a great success. Thanks to the Lighthouse Fellowship Congregational Church’s initiative, other groups decided to pitch in and over 200 blankets were collected and distributed. This year, with an early winter already starting, we see just as much need. There are so many in this community that can’t afford something as simple as a warm blanket for themselves, their children or even their babies.

The “Blankets for Bonita” drive is currently underway, and Lighthouse Fellowship Congregational Church will do its final collection at Bonita Springs’ “Holiday in the Park” at Riverside Park on December 4. The church will also arrange to pick up your blanket donation prior to then. Please call Jim at (239) 267-6661 to arrange for a pick-up. Or you can drop off your donated blanket, Monday through Friday, at the Bonita Springs Assistance Office, 25300 Bernwood Drive, Unit 6 in Bonita Springs. The BSAO will then arrange to place the blankets with those in need.

Dennis Wilson, Pastor of Lighthouse Fellowship Congregational Church stated that “We are so appreciative of those who donated blankets last year, and hope we can count on their support again this year. Unfortunately, there is a real need for help in this area and this campaign demonstrates the loving and giving nature of others who are fortunate enough to be able to share.” Lighthouse Fellowship Congregational Church holds traditional worship services Sundays at 10 a.m. and a contemporary service Sundays at 7 p.m. at the Lions Club of Bonita Springs.

LFCC is a member of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. The Bonita Springs Assistance Office, a proud partner with United Way of Lee County, has served as the primary social assistance agency in Bonita Springs for over thirty-four years. They provide emergency relief to residents to lessen the impact of financial and personal crises and help others to recognize their own capacity to help themselves. The BSAO has helped thousands of area residents in times of crisis and cooperates with any agencies interested in social work in Bonita Springs.

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