United Methodist Women give to 25 organizations after amazing Strawberry Festival success

■ STAFF REPORT

The United Methodist Women of Boca Grande announced this week the distribution of $79,700 to 25 charitable organizations.

The monies were raised during the 19th annual Strawberry Festival held in early March at the Boca Grande Community Center grounds.

Organizations in Englewood receiving funds included Ya Ya Back Pack Kidz, the Englewood Community Care Clinic, Kids Needs of Greater Englewood, Second Chance Recovery and Solve Maternity Homes. Other charitable recipients were the Boca Grande Child Care Center, Agape Flights, Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity, Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, Children First of Sarasota, ECHO in Fort Myers, the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, Food for the Poor – the Boca Grande Friendship Village, Grace Place for Children & Families in Naples and Charlotte Harbor Young Life. In addition, monies went to Angel House, Caring Partners, Cuba Mission, Dominican Republic, Healing Art Mission in Haiti, Hope International, Nicaragua Feeding Program, Samaritan Purse, Warren Willis UM Camps and Zoe.

The UMW is made up of women from the Boca Grande United Methodist Church. The mission of the Strawberry Festival is to help women and children in need.