Villages Pops Chorus Folk Quartet Gives Concert to
Support SoZo Kids

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 Thursday, August 26

6 p.m. 

(Doors open at 5:15 p.m.)

Laurel Manor

Support Friends of SoZo Kids by attending this toe-tapping, sing-along-inspiring, and smile-producing concert put on by The Villages Pops Chorus Folk Quartet.

This talented group of performers will sing tunes from the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul, & Mary, and many other folk singers from the '50s and '60s. All proceeds will be donated to Friends of SoZo Kids.

 

Tickets are just $10 and are available at the door or by writing to gsenholzi@icloud.com. You must be a Villages resident or have a Villages guest pass to attend.

Next General Meeting

Villagers help with
annual SoZo Kids
Back-to-School Bash

Friends of SoZo Kids will hold its next meeting at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11, at Rohan Rec Center.

More than 50 Villagers and others from surrounding communities touched the lives hundreds of children and their parents at the annual SoZo Kids Back-to-School Bash for children living in poverty in the Ocala National Forest.

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Read the Press Release Here:      

See Slide Show Here: 

Give a Gift in Someone's Name

If you are wondering what to give to friends and family who "don't really need anything" this year, consider making your donation to Friends of SoZo Kids be their gift.

We have beautiful cards to let your loved ones know you are honoring them with a gift to support children and families living in poverty in the Ocala National Forest. To get one or more of the cards, write to us at Contact@FriendsOfSoZoKids.com to make arrangements.

Drop-Off Bin at NLPC

SoZo Kids has a drop-off box in the lobby of North Lake Presbyterian Church, 975 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake (behind Home Depot).  Please call 352-753-8484 before you leave home to make sure the church is open.

 

During the pandemic, many people emptied their closets or garages and wanted to find a new home for their no-longer-needed items. While we appreciate your thinking of SoZo Kids, Pastor Dave does not have the volunteer staff nor the space to handle used items. When you drop off used items in our bin, we try to find another nonprofit that can use them. 

 

It would be better if you donated your still-usable closet and garage items to a deserving charity already set up to handle such things.

 

Sometimes SoZo Kids can use working kitchen appliances or washer/dryers (not furniture). To inquire about these larger items, call 770-550-4184. Thank you. Here is what can and cannot be used:

                        Yes 

  • NEW children's clothing, school supplies, art supplies, or toys

  • FULL-size toiletries (e.g., shampoo, deodorant, feminine products, toothpaste, etc.)

  • New linens

                                              No

  • New or used adult clothing of any kind

  • Used children's clothing, shoes, or toys 

  • Used linens, cookware, or other household items

  • Knick knacks or other such stuff

  • Hotel sample toiletries

  • Pastor Dave says that at the moment, they do not need any more hats or scarves, either. Apparently, a lot of knitters and crocheters have been especially busy during the pandemic!

Before making a trip to drop things off, give NLPC a call at 352-753-8484. To inquire about donating working appliances (e.g., refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer -- not furniture), please call 770-550-4184. Thanks so much!

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T-Shirts, Hats, & Name Badges Available

Friends of SoZo Kids Inc. has partnered with three local vendors to provide  T-shirts, hats/visors, and name badges with our name emblazoned on them so you can proudly declare your support for SoZo Kids wherever you go. 

Imprinted clothing items are especially useful for those of you volunteering at our fundraisers or working directly with the children. You contact the vendors and pay them directly; we are not involved in your purchases.

T-Shirts & More

Pickleball Xtra, owned by Victoria Brock, creates top-quality shirts in 100% moisture-wicking polyester, plus hats and visors. If you provide your own shirt or hat, Tory will put our logo on it for only $8. She can also add your name, if you request that. You can save shipping costs by picking up your items at her home in the Village of Charlotte. Go to her website to see what's available and to place your orders:

  • Women's Short-Sleeve Shirts -- $23.99, 14 colors

  • Women's Sleeveless V-Neck Shirts -- $23.99, 13 colors

  • Women's Racerback Shirts -- $24.99, 8 colors

  • Men's Short-Sleeve Shirts -- $23.99, 12 colors

  • Hats & Visors -- $22.99, 12 colors

logosbydena@yahoo.com, owned by Dena Micali, provides quality hats and visors at a very reasonable price. You can get your name printed on the front and "SoZo Kids" on the side of visors for $12 and hats for $14. Dena has about 10 colors of visors and five colors of hats. You pick the color of your hat and the color of thread for the embroidery.

Order your hats via Dena's email address. Dena

is deaf, so you will not be able to speak with her

on the phone. However, she does respond to text

messages. Once you have placed your order, you

can pick up your items at Dena's home in the

Village of St. Charles. She responds promptly and is

easy to work with. 

BobMartinSigns@gmail.com, run by Tom

Martin, makes our official Friends of SoZo Kids

name badges. The cost is $7. Email Tom and

send him the name you want on the badge. He

does a quick turn-around. Tom lives in the Village

of Glenbrook.

Extra Shirts

We have a few extra shirts remaining from a previous order we placed before the pandemic hit. If you would like one of those, do two things:

  1. Email us at Contact@FriendsOfSoZoKids.com to let us know what size and style you would like. We will let you know if the shirt is still available.

  2. Then, we encourage you to make a donation to the Matching Gift Fund. You can pick up the shirt at our next Friends of SoZo Kids meeting on June 14, or we can make arrangements for you to pick it up at another time and location. Here is what is left:

               Cotton                   Moisture-Wicking         Moisture-Wicking

            Lime Green                     Teal Blue                  Lime Green

            1 XL, 1 2XL                2 M, 2 XL, 2 2XL                  1 X

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