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Toys For Tots – Backpack for Kids Drive

June 19, 2023

We are very excited to collaborate with the Charlotte County Toys for Tots organization for the Backpack for Kids drive. The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce will be a collection location that will support the children of Charlotte County Public Schools that will need back-to-school supplies.

The Backpack for Kids drive will make a phenomenal impact within our community for the children that will be provided with the necessary school supplies that they might not have otherwise. Here are the following items that would be greatly appreciated: Back packs, pen/pencil pouches, colored pencils, reams of copy paper, 24-pack crayons, index cards, pens (blue, black, red), children’s headphones (no ear buds), washable markers, gallon zip loc bags, erasers, highlighters, composition notebooks, hand sanitizer, pocket folder with prongs, disinfectant wipes, small binders, post-it-notes, glue sticks, boxes of tissue, dry erase markers, pencils, and cash donations to purchase items.

School supplies can be dropped off at the Charlotte County Chamber office at 2702 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. The Backpack for Kids drive will run from now through Friday, Aug. 4. I thank you in advance for your generosity and support for this amazing initiative.

Chamber Activities

Lunch & Learn (member event): Noon–1 p.m., Tuesday, June 20 .Topic: E-Verify Compliance Training for Small Business Employers. Speaker: Christina Faro-Pilliteri, Integrity Employee Leasing. Registration/lunch selection required. To RSVP, visit $10pp.

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event): 8–9 a.m., Wednesday, June 21 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Coffee sponsor: Charlotte State Bank & Trust. Guest speaker: Patrick Fuller, director of the Charlotte County Emergency Management/Hurricane Season Preparedness. Registration is requested. To RSVP, visit

Business Card Exchange (member event): 5–7 p.m., Thursday, June 29 at Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty, 19700 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte. Bring a gift to promote your business and bring plenty of business cards. Registration is requested. To RSVP, visit

New Teachers’ Breakfast (member event): 7:30–9 a.m., Monday, July 31 at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Charlotte County Public Schools will be welcoming 225 new teachers this year. We are looking for 225 members to sponsor each teacher. $45 to sponsor a teacher. You can provide 225 items for the new teachers goodie bags. Deadline is Friday, July 14. Special thanks to our title sponsor: Lake Michigan Credit Union.

Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon cuttings are an effective way to meet the business owners (and fellow chamber members) in an informal atmosphere and develop great connections. Plus, you get familiar with their products and services provided. Please take the time to show your support and attend our ribbon cuttings!

My Salon Suite (grand opening): 4–6 p.m., Monday, June 26 (ribbon-cutting to take place at 5 p.m.) at 24075 Peachland Blvd., Bldg. 2, Port Charlotte. Refreshments and tours will be available. Registration is requested.

Bob White is executive director of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce.