12/22/14: Spreading holiday cheer at Pinellas County Tax Collector locations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2014
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Spreading holiday cheer at Pinellas County Tax Collector locations

Giving back to the Pinellas community is a priority at the Tax Collector’s office

CLEARWATER, FL, DECEMBER 22, 2014 ­– The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s office is spreading holiday cheer inside their offices and throughout the Pinellas County community. Each year Tax Collector employees nominate and vote to choose two community charities they would like to support for the year. In 2014, they chose Suncoast Hospice and Religious Community Services Food Bank.

The giving doesn’t stop there; individual offices are encouraged to organize special events that they feel will make a positive impact on the Pinellas County community. Below is a recap of what the Tax Collector’s office did to give back in 2014.

More than $2,500 Donated to Suncoast Hospice

Every other Friday, from June through December, Tax Collector employees donated $3 to Suncoast Hospice to wear jeans. More than $2,500 was donated to this great cause! One employee made an anonymous $100 donation, noting that Suncoast Hospice was a godsend to them in their family’s time of need. In addition to monetary donations, Tax Collector employees also donated clothes and household goods to the Suncoast Hospice Resale Shoppes.

Click here for a picture of one of the Hospice donation collection events.

Religious Community Services Food Drive

Throughout the month of December, Tax Collector employees collected and donated food for Religious Community Services Holiday Food Bank. Full barrels were collected from each office last Friday, December 19th. The food will be used to create holiday meal baskets, which will be distributed to families in need before Christmas day.

Sunshine Senior Center Holiday Wreath Decoration and Donation Event

The Tax Collector’s south county office, located on 66th Street in St. Petersburg, created an office competition that promoted teamwork and also had a positive impact on the Pinellas community. Employee teams decorated holiday wreaths, which were donated to the Sunshine Senior Center. The Center provides Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for seniors without friends or family in the area. The holiday wreaths were given out as door prizes during the Thanksgiving meal. In addition, the south county office made a large donation of toiletries to be given out to seniors in need.

Click here for a picture of the employee wreath team.

Click here for a picture of one of the wreath recipients.

Santa and his Elf Spread Cheer at Tax Collector Offices

Two senior leaders at the Tax Collector’s office dressed up as Santa and his elf last Friday, December 19th, to spread holiday cheer to employees and customers. Santa and his elf visited each Tax Collector office and handed out candy to customers.

Click here for a picture of Santa and his elf.

“I am so proud of each and every employee in my organization. They go above and beyond to serve the residents of Pinellas County through efficient daily transactions and by generously giving of their time, money, and talents. I couldn’t ask for a better team,” said Diane Nelson, Pinellas County Tax Collector.

For more information on the Tax Collector office’s community outreach efforts, visit www.taxcollect.com/community.

ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector¹s Office is a constitutionally elected office. Responsibilities include collecting and distributing state and local taxes and providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. The Office received the 2013 Governor¹s Sterling Award for performance excellence. For more information visit www.taxcollect.com/newsroom.

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