12 Days of Giving - 2017

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December 7, 2017

It’s that time of year again… Holiday Season! A time of crowded stores, sales, more sales, and gifts and treats galore! But that’s not what the holidays are about in our opinion. This is the season of giving! It’s about time spent with family and friends, time spent together in the kitchen cooking with love, it’s about the memories and traditions that will outlast us all. Just like the past two years, we wanted to ensure we spread the love and surprised a few folks in our communities with a little holiday cheer! For the next few days we’ll be continuing on with our Front Street tradition; the 12 Days of Giving, where we’ll be carrying out 12 random acts of kindness. We hope this serves to inspire each of you to find time and kindness in your hearts to give back to those in your community! Also, take a look at the 12 Days of Giving from 2015 and 2016.

On the first day of giving we decorated and donated wreaths for the Festival of Trees!

It's beginning to look a lot like giving! On the first day of giving, our team got together to decorate wreaths for the recent 4th Annual Festival of Trees benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This is an annual event that brings the Gainesville community together to kick off the holiday season with a weekend-long silent auction of decorated trees and wreaths, and other holiday-themed items for purchase held at Tioga Town Center. All proceeds go to the Children's Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital! For more info about this fantastic organization visit: http://giving.ufhealth.org/

On the second day of giving, we surprised Ocala's first responders with some coffee and pastries!

On the second day of giving, we wanted to recognize all the men and women that serve and protect us each and every day. We decided to surprise the Marion County Sheriff's Office with coffee and pastries as they were supporting the Bring the Harvest Home holiday food drive today at the Ocala Downtown Square. Donations are being accepted today until 1:30 pm and tomorrow until 2:00 pm. All canned food and toiletry donations stay in Marion County and benefit Interfaith Emergency Services, Brother's Keeper and The Salvation Army. We even ran into Sheriff Billy Woods himself! After that we stopped by Marion County Fire Rescue to surprise them with coffee and pastries as well.  We honor and thank them for their selfless service each and every day. Thank you for all you do! 

On the third day of giving, we donated toys for the LGAA Toy Drive supporting the Junior League Miracle on Main Street!

On the third day of giving, we donated toys for the Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association Toy Drive for the Junior League Miracle on Main Street. The Junior League's mission is improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. They host an annual event called the Miracle on Main Street where they provide toys to families who might not otherwise have holiday gifts for their children over the holidays. The LGAA held a toy drive and happy hour at Chuy's to collect donations and toys for this year's Miracle on Main Street. For more info about this fantastic organization visit: https://www.gainesvillejrleague.org/community/miracle-on-main-street/

On the fourth day of giving, we donated critical needs items to the United Way of Marion County!

On the fourth day of giving, we donated critical needs items to the United Way of Marion County. The United Way of Marion County's mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families, and build a strong community by uniting people and organizations to create measurable results and a lasting impact. The critical needs items that we donated will be used to provide a local domestic violence shelter with items that they need. For more info about this fantastic organization visit: https://www.uwmc.org/

On the fifth day of giving, we donated non-perishable food to the United Way of Northeast Florida!

On the fifth day of giving, we donated non-perishable food items United Way of Northeast Florida. The food items that we donated will provide Full Service Schools of Jacksonville with food for their Holiday Food Drive. Full Service Schools of Jacksonville provides nearly 3,500 students and families to a critical range of therapeutic, health and social services and addresses non-academic barriers to success in school. For more info about this fantastic organization visit: https://www.unitedwaynefl.org/full-service-schools/

On the sixth day of giving, we surprised Gainesville's first responders with some coffee and pastries!

On the sixth day of giving, we stopped by the Alachua County Fire Department to recognize all the men and women that serve and protect us each and every day. We stopped by Alachua County Fire-Rescue Station 16 to surprise them with coffee and pastries from Panera Bread in hopes of brightening their day! We honor and thank them for their selfless service. Thank you for all you do! 

On the seventh day of giving, we surprised Jacksonville Beach's Fire Rescue and Lifeguards with breakfast!

On the seventh day of giving, we wanted to recognize the men and women who serve and protect us each and every day. Not only did we surprise Jacksonville Beach Fire-Rescue with coffee and bagels, but we also stopped by the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps to surprise the lifeguards with some donuts! We honor and thank all of them for making Jacksonville Beach a better and safer place! Thank you for all you do! 

On the eighth day of giving, we donated food to America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend!

On the eighth day of giving, we donated non-perishable food to support the Second Harvest of the Big Bend. The Second Harvest's mission is to feed the hungry in the Big Bend through their network of partner agencies and to educate and engage the community in the fight against hunger. We donated non-perishable items to help support their fight against hunger in Tallahassee. For more info about this fantastic organization, please visit: http://www.fightinghunger.org/

On the ninth day of giving, we donated critical needs items to GiGi's Playhouse!

On the ninth day of giving, we donated critical needs items to Gigi's Playhouse in Gainesville. GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center’s mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. If you would like to help and support them, you can donate critical items that they need on their wishlist. For more info about this fantastic organization, please visit: https://gigisplayhouse.org/gainesville/

On the tenth day of giving, we showed our support for P4H Global!

On the tenth day of giving, we showed our support for P4H Global. They came by our office and chatted with us about their organization. Their mission is to train people to transform nations. They partner with Haitian educators to provide quality teacher training and with Americans to provide service trips that focus on effective aid. They are doing great things! For more information about this fantastic organization, please visit: https://p4hglobal.org/

On the eleventh day of giving, we surprised Tallahassee's first responders with some coffee and pastries!

On the eleventh day of giving, we wanted to recognize all the men and women that serve and protect us each and every day in Tallahassee. We stopped by the City of Tallahassee Fire Department Station 16 to surprise them with coffee and pastries from Panera Bread in hopes of brightening their day! We honor and thank them for their selfless service. Thank you for all you do! 

On the twelfth day of giving, we donated boxes of food to the Alachua County Public Schools and Education Foundation Food Drive!

On the twelfth day of giving, we donated boxes of food to the Alachua County Public Schools and Education Foundation Food Drive. Each year, the Alachua County Public Schools Holiday Food Drive provides critically needed food items for families in need during a busy time of year. Many families rely on public school breakfast and lunch programs for daily meals, so as a supplement during the two-week winter break, ACPS provides a box of staple items. Last year over 900 families benefited from this program. For more info about this fantastic organization visit: http://www.sbac.edu/pages/ACPS

What's next for the 12 Days of Giving? Stay tuned...

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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