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Better Together events to bring holiday cheer to local families in need

Better Together, a nonprofit dedicated to families and children, is hosting several events in the month of December that will spread holiday cheer to local families across Southwest Florida who have been impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Better Together is rallying community partners and volunteers to present a series of holiday festivities for families living in North Fort Myers, Dunbar, Naples and Pine Island. At the events, parents and children will enjoy holiday fun, pictures with Santa, Christmas crafts and delicious food provided by local vendors. There is no cost to attend, and every pre-registered child will receive a Christmas gift.

Upcoming events include:

  • Saturday, Dec. 10 – North Fort Myers: Held from 10 a.m. to noon at Suncoast Baptist Church, located at 2033 Laurel Lane in North Fort Myers.
  • Friday, Dec. 16 – Dunbar: Held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the STARS Complex, located at 2980 Edison Ave. in Fort Myers. For this event only, the nonprofit is also hosting a Parents’ Night Out program, which offers parents, grandparents and other caregivers access to a couple of hours of no-cost care for children ages infant through 17 years old.
  • Sunday, Dec. 18 – Naples: Held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Tree of Life Church, located at 2132 Shadowlawn Drive in Naples.
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 – Pine Island: Held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at The Palms of Pine Island, located at 15061 Stringfellow Road in Bokeelia.

To register for an upcoming holiday event in North Fort Myers, Naples or Pine Island, visit BetterTogetherUS.org/Xmas-Outreach. To register for the Dunbar Parents’ Night Out, visit BetterTogetherUS.org/PNO-Registration.


Better Together is a nonprofit organization that helps parents going through a hard time keep their kids out of foster care, find work and address the root causes of their struggle so that they can reunite as a family with the tools and support system to thrive. A privately funded and professionally supported organization, Better Together is made up of volunteers who believe helping people help themselves is the best way to restore dignity and bring families together. Through the Better Families program, families are offered a preventive alternative to foster care while they get the help they need. To date, the program has kept 98% of children served out of foster care. The Better Jobs program was created to address the 76% of families that come to Better Together because of economic hardship tied to unemployment. In addition to community job fairs, the program offers job seekers coaching, guidance, support and encouragement through local church partners. For more information, visit BetterTogetherUS.org.

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