The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce recently held a “Share the Love” Luncheon to celebrate four unique individuals who have found opportunities to show they care for others in the community.

Amanda Gary is an infant foster mother who is licensed through Camelot Community Care. She receives her foster children through a number of different agencies. Gary said, “I am simply a foster mom that gets the opportunity to love on babies.”

Not everyone is able to be a foster parent but there are so many ways to help. The GAL program is always looking for volunteers and there are so many more programs that reach abandoned, abused and neglected children in the area.

To read more about Gary, check out her blog at

Wanting to support seniors in her community, Doris Ragland, 93, heads up Good Samaritan Services, a 501(c)(3) charity that provides many support services needed by residents of Greater Sun City Center such as transport, coordinating the local Meals on Wheels program, Alzheimer’s support, Alzheimer’s respite care and short-term companion care. For Samaritan Services information, call 634-9283. For SCC Ride, call 633-6111.

Critter Mama Rescue is the heart and soul of Robin Roberts. Her mission is to rescue abandoned, neglected and unwanted dogs under 30 lbs. and provide them necessary and required medical care. She teaches them to become good household pets and looks to adopt them into loving, stable homes with people who will commit to their lifelong needs.

For more information on Critter Mama Rescue or to make a donation, visit or at

100 Women Who Care was first introduced in early 2012 by Anne Rand and Amber Watt after they heard about the impact another chapter was making in Michigan. The philosophy is simple: A group of women meet four times per year, each writing a check for $100 at every meeting and then donate it to a local charity. In two years, they have donated over $35,000 and at its recent meeting in February, boasted 56 members who donated $5,600 to the recent fire victims in Ruskin. Its next meeting will be held at the Mira Bay Clubhouse, located in Apollo Beach, off Hwy. 41, on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m.


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