Two Canadian angels have recently returned to the isle of Fort Myers Beach to help put smiles on thousands of children's faces this holiday, for those who otherwise wouldn't have much to smile about this season.
Jim and Sharon Jamieson have been operating their local 501-C3 Spirit of Christmas Foundation for nearly a decade, offering hundreds of local families in need a Christmas miracle, year in and year out.
Every year, to raise funds to help these families, the duo hosts a big benefit at our local American Legion on Buttonwood Drive. This year, the benefit will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 10 p.m., featuring live music, hundreds of raffle and door prizes, delicious food, silent auctions, 50/50s and plenty of holiday cheer.
The Spirit of Christmas benefit is under way, raising funds for giving underprivileged children and families a Christmas they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to have. Above, co-founder Sharon Jamieson, with her grandson, Austin, and Amanda Auer, during last year’s benefit. Photo by MELISSA SCHNEIDER.
That evening, enjoy live music from DAZ?and friends, along with a full meal supplied by the Legion: smothered chicken or smothered porkchops with all the trimmings for just $7.
The two-angel team is currently seeking donations for the benefit, either in the form of gifts for the silent auctions and raffle prizes, or monetary contributions for the Spirit of Christmas Foundation.
"This year, we hope to help another 350 children," Jim said. "Sharon is working feverishly every day to find local families in need. We always help new families, every year. In the nearly 10 years we've run the Spirit of Christmas Foundation, we have helped about 1,800 families and 2,500 children. Every item donated to our benefit's raffle and silent auctions helps in giving to more local families that year."
Jim said the community support of the Spirit of Christmas' upcoming benefit has been phenomenal so far.
"We've been given some beautiful prizes so far, including stays at gorgeous island resorts and gift certificates to some great local restaurants, along with several other lovely, lovely prizes, all donated by such gracious businesses within our island community."
For more information, or to make a donation for the benefit, or a contribution to the cause, visit SpiritOfChristmasInc.com, or call Jim Jamieson, 940-4236, or Sharon Jamieson, 463-2717.