By Kathy L. Collins

OrangeAlessi Tea Pot setDebbie Ploor, owner of Orange Home Accessories in Valrico, is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, December 13 from 1-3 p.m. to benefit A Kid’s Place in Brandon. Santa and one of his elves will be available for photos for a donation of $5. Ploor is also holding a raffle for $5 where one lucky winner will get a fabulous Alessi Tea Kettle, creamer, sugar and box of tea all of which is valued at $375.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring much needed items including hair brushes, chapstick, toothbrushes, baby wipes and small stocking stuffers for the children who live at A Kid’s Place.

A Kid’s Place is a state-of-the-art, 60 bed facility for abused neglected and abandoned children located at 1715 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. Members of the community can help make the lives of children living there a little brighter this Christmas by donating stocking stuffers. Suggestions for the stocking stuffers include silly putty, candy, yoyo, matchbox cars, $5 gift cards, jewelry, movie tickets, play dough, books, small stuffed animals, bath toys and headphones. The children who live at A Kid’s Place range in age from infant to 17-years-old.

Ploor explained why she holds this event and a Christmas in July event for A Kid’s Place. “About three to four years ago I met a woman who volunteered at A Kid’s Place. I was not aware of it even though it is located close to my business. I called and asked what I could do to help, and they told me all of the needs they had. It was around July, and I decided to hold the first Christmas in July event for them,” explained Ploor.

On the day of the holiday fundraiser, Ploor will offer specials on holiday items and hold a sidewalk sale. The Alessi Tea Set was donated by one of Ploor’s vendors.

“I have a wonderful vendor, Alessi, an Italian based design company. When they heard about the event, they offered items. We thought the tea kettle was a good idea because when you drink tea with a friend, it gives you a warm feeling just like it feels when you give back to the community,” said Ploor.

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