‘Tis the season for giving back! To get the kids involved we created this fun and interactive Jacksonville Beach Kindness Bingo board.
Not sure what some of our squares are? Below we have additional information to help you complete your kindness challenges!
Donate a Canned Food to BEAM
BEAM is a community based organization serving low income residents in Jacksonville’s beaches communities. They rely heavily on community support to assist our neighbors in time of need. BEAM operates 2 food pantries in the Beaches area and are always looking for donations.
Take Cookies to a Local Fire Station
If you’d like to drop off treats at your local Jacksonvillle Fire Station, you can use this interactive map to find your closest one.
Buy a Gift at a Local Shop Instead of Big Box Store
Lucky for you, we’ve got a gift list with over 30 local Jacksonville products. Take pride in knowing your shopping dollars are staying right in our community.
Visit the Octopus Garden at Deck the Chairs and Learn 3 Things about Recycling
Deck the Chairs is one of our favorite Jacksonville holiday light displays. While you’re there, be sure to stop by the Octopus Garden. This lighted display is presented by Beaches Go Green. Their goal is to educate our community about recycling.
Drop off a Toy Donation for Toys for Tots
The objectives of the Foundation are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to improving communities in the future. Use their interactive map to locate a donation box near you, and you can even donate a toy online!
Donate New Socks
For the 3rd year a local Jacksonville Beach teen is collecting new socks to be donated to organizations in our area. If you want to help, you can shop Kendall’s Sockin Around the Christmas Tree Wishlist and have socks shipped directly to her to be donated.
Shop at a Local Market
Jacksonville has so many local markets that we love. If you’re looking to support local makers online be sure to check out our guide to some of our favorite Riverside Arts Market vendors that offer online shopping.
Donate Hygiene Essentials to a Local Drive
When elementary school student, Veda, noticed local homeless on cold morning drives to school she was inspired to do something in her community. For the 4th consecutive year, Veda is collecting blankets and and other cold-weather & hygiene essentials to donate in our community. Shop Veda’s list online and have essential items delivered directly to be donated.
Take a Treat to the Lifeguard Station
Did you know that Jacksonville Beach has the oldest volunteer lifeguard corps in the country? You can stop by the lifeguard station at 2 Ocean Front North in Jacksonville Beach and drop off a donation or treats.
Drop off Towels or Blankets at Mission House
Mission house is a charity here in Jacksonville Beach that. Their goal is to empower individuals affected by homelessness in the Beaches area by providing food, clothing, medical care, and support services with an avenue to self-sufficiency. You can support them by donating items directly. Drop off some towels or blankets, or take a look at their current donation needs list.
Donate Your Bricks with LEGO® Replay
Play has the power to change children’s lives. When children play, they learn how to problem solve, collaborate, and think creatively. By donating your used bricks, you can help share the power of play with children who need it most. Visit their site to print a free shipping label. All you have to do is box up the bricks and drop them in the mail.
Add Books to a Free Little Library
There are lots of free little libraries around Jacksonville Beach, and even throughout Jacksonville. It’s the perfect time of year to clean off those bookshelves and refill some local little libraries around town.
Pick Up Trash at the Park
With cooler weather, it’s the perfect time to visit one of our great Jacksonville parks. Take a bag and some gloves and pick up a little trash while you’re there!
Donate to The Caffeinated Cat Cafe
The Caffeinated Cat is a cafe in Jacksonville Beach that’s more than just coffee. They are Jacksonville’s first and only Feline Coffee & Wine shop. Here you can have a cup of coffee or glass of wine with one of their cats and even adopt if you bond with one.