Thursday, December 13, 2012
Mile Markers


How to turn in collected toys

Holiday Helpers of the Florida Keys asks all its partners to turn in donated toys and toy collection boxes in preparation for distribution to needy families.

To have a box picked up in the Lower Keys, call the Key West Police Department at 305-809-1000 or the Key West Fire Department at 305-292-8145. In the Middle and Upper Keys, call the nearest Sheriff's Office substation or Monroe County Fire station. Toys can also be dropped off in Marathon at the New Life Church, 4711 Overseas Highway, or in Tavernier at Wesley House Family Services' office, at 175 Wren St. Holiday Helpers of the Florida Keys combines the Sheriff's Office, Key West police and Wesley House Family Services' efforts to more efficiently help those in need for the holidays.


A Positive Step 5K on Dec. 22

A Positive Step of Monroe County (APSMC) will hold its fifth annual 5K run at 8 a.m. Dec. 22, beginning at the Southernmost Beach Cafe, at the southern end of Duval Street.

The event will include post-race refreshments, a raffle, awards, and T-shirts for the first 150 entrants. Registration is $25, or $15 for runners under 15. Race-day entrants pay $5 extra. Kids 9 and under may enter a free 9 a.m. half-mile Fun Run. Raffle tickets are $25 each, or five for 100. To buy them, call 305-304-1969. Winners will be announced on race day. To register, visit

All proceeds go to the Idle Hands Summer Jobs Program of APSMC, a nonprofit that helps high-risk youth and their families.


Santa Paws photos Saturday

Bring four-legged or two-legged children for a personalized photo with the Grinch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the PurrFect Thrift Store, 3580 Overseas Highway, next to Annette's and across the street from Marathon Community Park.

Individual photos inserted in a Christmas card will cost $5. To have photos saved to a CD, it will be $10.

McGruff the Crime Dog will be there, as will baked goods, arts and crafts, and cats and kittens looking for loving homes.

Proceeds benefit the Forgotten Felines nonprofit and donations are tax deductible.