Community Spirit

Christmas on the Creek, Dec. 4th

Decorating the trees and the house aren’t the only ways to bring in the holiday cheer here in the River City. The Julington Creek Prop Club is holding their annual “Christmas on the Creek” boat parade on Saturday December 4, 2010. The parade is an event that residents and friends look forward to all year long. All boat owners are invited to deck their boats with boughs of holly and of course, as many lights as they can handle.

Habitat for Humanity's Annual Fundraiser

You are invited to join Habitat for Humanity at the Annual Holiday Gala for Humanity and enjoy the 12 Tastes of Christmas, a sampling of fine food selections from the best dining St. Augustine has to offer. In its 16th year, the Gala will be held at the River House, and will be offering a tasting menu with wine pairings. Silent and live auctions, live music from local band Chillula, and dancing will all be part of the night’s festivities. Mr. Tom Crawford, Director of St Johns County Housing and Community Services, will be the esteemed Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Crawford is whom Habitat’s 34 home development, Crawford Park, is named after, and has been one of Habitat for Humanity of St. Johns County’s biggest supporters and loyal advocate for many years.

Faces of the First Coast 2011 Go Red For Women Casting Call

The American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” movement is calling on women and men who live in the region to submit their heart health stories for the 2011 “Faces of the First Coast” casting call. If chosen, applicants will become representatives of the local public awareness campaign beginning in the spring of 2011. In addition, local winners will be eligible for submission to the American Heart Association’s national “Go Red For Women” casting call. Members of the “Faces of the First Coast” work to bring the dangers, signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease to our community. They represent, exemplify and advocate for the mission of Go Red For Women through education and awareness.

Wounded Warrior Project Announces Scholarship

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is proud to announce a $1,000 scholarship and essay contest for high school seniors. The scholarship is open to public, private, and home schooled students in the Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. John’s Counties in Florida.

Students are being asked to submit a 500 word essay answering the question, “Why is it important to honor our Veterans?” Deadline for the essay is February 21, 2011.  A panel of judges will then honor the top essay from each county with a $1,000 scholarship award which winners can use at any college, technical school or university nationwide.

Giving Back with Giving Trees in St Johns County

JCP CARES is seeking volunteers and gift givers for its fourth annual Giving Tree Program, which represents the wish-list of twenty five St. Johns county charities hard hit by the recession and ensuing budget cuts.  JCP CARES partners with more than forty community groups and businesses in its biggest fundraiser of the year.  Gifts are collected at locations throughout St. Johns County, including all county libraries and several schools.

Each Giving Tree will be tagged with gift ideas that reflect the four categories JCP CARES focuses upon each year: Animals & Environment, Senior & Medical, Children, and Homeless & Abused.  A sample of worthy recipients include Pediatric Hospice, Friends of St. Johns County Pet Center, Wags & Whiskers, St. Francis House, Good Samaritan Health Clinics, Council on Aging, Guardian Ad Litem, O.U.R. Community Center of Hastings, DCF, Betty Griffin House and the Homelss Coalition.

Food Drive This Weekend in St Johns County

JCP Cares and the St. Johns Rotary Club will conduct a food drive on Nov. 13. If you live within Julington Creek Plantation, South Hampton or St. Johns Golf and Country Club, you will receive a bag with a flyer on or about Nov. 6. Please fill the bag with non-perishable grocery items. It will be picked up at your mailbox on Nov. 13, otherwise food can be dropped off at The Champions Golf Club in Julington Creek between 10 am and 2 pm on that day. JCP Cares encourages everyone to think about BOGO's: Buy One, Give One. The food will be donated to St. Francis House, Council on Aging and Celebration Lutheran food pantry, For questions contact

The Blood Alliance Debuts Smart Phone App

The Blood Alliance, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, with operations in Northeast Florida, and regions of Georgia and South Carolina, is one of the first community blood banks in the nation to introduce a smart phone App.  Blood banks throughout the country often struggle with low blood donor participation. Of the 60% of healthy Americans who can donate, only 5% do.  The Blood Alliance is reaching out to younger donors with hopes that its new App, coupled with a high school iPad™ promotion, will make committing to donate a whole lot easier and more convenient!