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News: Most local funerals are going virtual
It’s one thing to grieve a loved one’s death. It’s another to grieve their death during a pandemic.
With the increasing spread of the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised against domestic travel, preventing out-of-state families to join together for a funeral. Services are also being held in groups of 10 or less while 6 feet apart when togetherness is vital in times of loss.
Now funeral homes are tasked with figuring out how to follow guidelines suggested by the CDC while still honoring the life of the deceased.
News: We are a Flag Disposal Site
Do you have a flag that’s seen better days? There are right and wrong ways to dispose of them. One correct (and free) way is to let us do it for you. We have the honor of taking care of many Veterans here at Charlotte Memorial. When a Veteran’s family chooses cremation, we ask the family if we can cremate a flag with that veteran. Sometimes, actually several flags. We are able to do this because our crematory is right here at the funeral home. This means that once a loved one is taken into our care, they never leave our care. So – bring us your flags. They can be Old Glory, service branch flags, club flags – whatever. If you are not able to get to us, give a call and we will send someone to you. Just one more way we would like you to “Discover all the ways we can serve your family”.
News: Donate your old flags at museum for veteran cremations
"We started retiring flags at Charlotte Memorial about five years ago. We put up a couple signs in town and we were just overwhelmed; it was unbelievable the amount of flags people were bringing in. When the [Military Heritage] museum moved here, it just seemed a natural extension for the flag retirement program."
That's our own Rick Tuss talking about the great collaboration to help those in our community to retire flags. Thank you to Gary Butler at the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda! Click here to read the article for all the information.
Senior Friendship Centers providing meals and supplies to seniors
Do you know a senior age 60 or older in Charlotte county who would benefit from home-delivered meals or who is in need of supplies? Senior Friendship Centers can help! Call 941-255-0723 for meals or visit their COVID-19 local resources page at https://friendshipcenters.org/covid-19-updates-2/
Memory Bear Event postponed, volunteers create masks
Twice a year, we host a Memory Bear workshop where volunteers help the families we serve sew a bear from the clothing of a loved one they've lost. We unfortunately had to cancel our March event, but our volunteers began sewing masks instead of bears.
We learned that while our volunteers had spent hours of time making masks, they needed some assistance determining who needed them beyond their neighbors. With the help of one of our funeral attendants, George Pence, who has volunteered his time, we decided to reach out to the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. They are so grateful for our contribution to their staff's protection.
We also have delivered masks to our local post office, the Punta Gorda Police Department and Port Charlotte Hospice. We are so proud to help out our community and for all of the volunteers who donated their time and talents!
We are a Shoes For Kids Drop-off Site
The Sunrise Kiwanis Shoes for Kids project collects new tennis shoes for children (Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, and High School) in the Charlotte County Public School System. The need for the 2020-2021 school year is 4,000 new pairs of sneakers. Please consider helping this worthwhile
Charlotte Memorial is a drop-off site for sneakers through July 26, 2020. You can bring shoes to 9400 Indian Spring Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda, Florida 3395.
This project is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte Sunrise. For more information or to make a monetary donation, visit their website at www.shoesforkidsproject.org or call 941-769-0864. All monetary donations should be made payable to the club's 501 c3: Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte Sunrise Foundation Inc.
Free Tech Seminar
December 10, 2020
December 14, 2020
11 AM - 1 PM
Learn how to use your technology to connect with family & friends and keep yourself safe and socially distanced.
Two Opportunities to Join:
December 10th 11:00a-1:00p
December 14th 11:00a- 1:00p
Please join us for a FREE and FUN Tech Seminar for anyone who would like to learn how to use helpful apps on their smartphones. We will educate you on apps such as Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype that will help you stay connected with your family during this holiday season. We will also cover non-contact delivery apps for vital supplies such as groceries and food. Social distancing will be followed and masks will be required.
The lunch is free, the information is invaluable, and knowing how to stay connected with your family during the holidays is priceless.
Admission is FREE but spaces are limited to just 40 people. Please RSVP three days before your selected seminar date by calling 941-639-1171 or by signing up here.