The Fruitland Park community is celebrating love in February according to a recent press release. While that’s not unusual, what they’re doing is a little more extraordinary than buying candy hearts and flowers. There are plans to help as many people in the community as you can and spread the love throughout Fruitland Park.
The primary activities will take place the week of Feb. 10-18. These activities include community clean up and restoration, preschool day at the local library, expressing appreciation for first responders, a special luncheon for senior adults, a 5K race, Winterfest, and Carpenters for Christ working on ramp assistance for disabled members of the community.
There will also be a “Bless Day” when you can do whatever you like for your neighbors, friends, and fellow human beings or even your four-legged friends. “Bless Day” is also intended as a time for Fruitland Park restaurants and businesses to “bless” their customers with discounts and other special acts of kindness.
Everyone in town and in the county can participate by doing random acts of kindness during “Love Week.” You can make a difference by participating and spreading the word.
The Leesburg Church of the Nazarene will make a special presentation of shoes to students of Fruitland Park Elementary School. If you or your business want to be involved in any way, contact Pastor Steve Wilson at email@example.com or Amy Painter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, Feb. 10, the day begins with the partnership with new code enforcement for residents. Volunteers are needed to help those with code violations within the city limits. They will be addressing cleanup concerns. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Bart Lucas at 352.267.6702.
Preschool Day at the Fruitland Park Public Library, 205 W. Berckman St., is Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10:30-11:30am. The library will have an array of stations for parents and children that include music, crafts, and story time. Goody bags will be handed out for lunch compliments of the local Kiwanis Club. This good time came together through the efforts of Fruitland Park Elementary School, Clown Alley #179 in The Villages, community churches and businesses.
The Senior Adult Luncheon includes bingo and will be held at Fruitland Park City Hall at 506 W. Berckman St., on Feb. 14 from 11:30am-1:30pm. The meal for this occasion is provided by Chick-Fil-A in The Villages, with prizes and gifts donated by area businesses and group. To help with this part of the program, contact Michelle Yoder at 352.516.9149.
It will be “Love Week” for first responders and public service personnel as well, who will be getting cookies and sweets as a way of saying thanks for all they do. If you want to be involved with gifts for first responders and public service personnel, contact Reb. George Mulford at 352.516.9134 for information.
The Love Week 5K will bring awareness and provide assistance to the Community United Church Food Pantry and Fruitland Park Family Nights. The race begins at 8am on the lawn at city hall. To register or get details about the race, go to raceroster.com/events/2018/14629/love-week-5k-run. Fruitland Park Care is sponsoring sandwiches for all who attend and Chick-Fil-A is sponsoring the Kids Fun Run. Contact Michelle Yoder for more info 352.516.9149.
If you do participate and would like to share the special things you did, send photos so they can be posted on the Bless Fruitland Park page at www.facebook.com/BlessFruitlandPark.
Spread the love!