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Jim’s Friends to hold turkey, skeet shoot

November 8, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Whether there's someone suffering from an illness and in need some help, or a family that would love to have a Christmas that they ordinarily couldn't afford, Jim's Friends Helping Friends has come to the aid of hundreds of families and individuals in their hour of need.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at noon, the charity organization will hold its 15th annual Christmas benefit for kids, a turkey and skeet shoot to help 15 families in North Fort Myers have a special Christmas.

The event will be at Still Lane off Williams Road in North Fort Myers.

Last year's event raised more than $8,000, which paid for families to have a ham dinner with all the fixings and presents for the kids, usually something the children have asked for.

Jimmy Roberts, who Runs Jim's Friends Helping Friends which was founded in 1999, said on Christmas Eve, he and his friends get in a limo (donated), and go to the families' homes to deliver their Christmas.

They are still looking for donations such as gift cards, gift certificates, baskets or anything else you can give.

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Roberts said breaking last year's record might be a tall order following Hurricane Irma, but he's going to do all he can to do it.

"We've been helping people after accidents, cancer patients and things like that. One day I said I wanted to do something different," Robert said. "I wanted to do something for Christmas and we got together and did it."

There will be skeet shooting with clay pigeons, turkey targets (not actual turkeys) for bow-and-arrow hunters, food, a bounce house and an auction of dozens of items, such as gift baskets and other items.

The grand prize this year will be a drawing for a Coleman 196cc Extreme off-road mini bike. Tickets are $5 and the winner need not be present to win.

Roberts said the auction is what brings in the money (he also serves as the auctioneer), thanks to local businesses and people donating certain items.

"People can give me a call and make their donation. We appreciate anything and everything we get," Roberts said. "So many people have supported us throughout the years, and I hope they keep doing it."

Jim's Friends Helping Friends also puts on a fishing rodeo for children every spring, and plans to hold the first one for seniors around that time, also.

For more information, go to Jim's Friends Helping Friends Facebook Page or call 872-5640.



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