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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL

With the holiday season fast approaching, are you wondering what you can buy for that family member or friend who likes to travel? Here are some ideas encompassing a wide price range.... B/19

GOODLAND LIFE

The holidays are here! And Goodland is preparing for the season in many ways. Thanksgiving was celebrated in usual fashion: traditional turkey dinners were shared all over town. With Christmas now just... B/13

Closing Bedtime Bundles?

Coastal Breeze News Staff

PHOTO BY VICTORIA WRIGHT/COASTAL BREEZE NEWS

This Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) is from the heron family of water birds. When it feeds in the shallows of the tidal area of the beach and mud flats, it lurches, and “dances” with its wings cocked up spread like a canopy. This is to herd and scare fish for easier grabbing with its large beak. There is a pair of Reddish egrets commonly seen in the Tigertail Lagoon/Sand Dollar Island area. It is really fun to watch the bird’s natural ballet.

THE JOY OF GIVING By Coastal Breeze News Staff Each year children in need across Collier County have their holidays made a bit brighter by the Joy of Giving. Teachers, counselors and an afterschool care program Sports Camp identify children in need. The names and the number of children per family are verified by Misty Nixon, Executive Director of Sports Camp and each family is allotted a dollar amount based on the total funds available for the year and the number of children per family. “Those families are then invited to Wal-Mart on 951 (6650 Collier Boulevard) and are allowed to shop the store for age appropriate gifts, up to the dollar amount they are given,” said Joy of

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Bedtime Bundles, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization operating since 2006, recently announced it will be closing as of May, 2012. The mission of Bedtime Bundles was to improve the lives of migrant children throughout Collier County by providing them with basic necessities. The closure announcement stated, “factors beyond our control.” “There is nothing I’d like more than to find an organization to take over Bedtime Bundles! I am still very passionate about the migrant population. We were poised to receive funding from the Naples Wine Festival this year, but we had to turn them down,” wrote Karen Saeks, founder of Bedtime Bundles, who resigned just two weeks ago. “We are most grateful to all of our wonderful donors and volunteers who have allowed this program to enhance the lives of so many migrant children.” Karen cites concern over her husband’s health and spending time with family as reasons for the closure. Her husband recently underwent surgery for lung cancer. “I have always thought he is invincible, I found out differently...I saw him at his most vulnerable, we were both so frightened. He is a retired surgeon, to see him in the surgical ICU is so very different.” Although he is clear of cancer now, his oncologists have said they will watch him like a hawk. “Bedtime Bundles is financially sound and extremely successful. We want nothing more than for Bedtime Bundles to continue, I just cannot do it. Is there a group on the island willing to take it over? You have a built in volunteer base!”

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