Brighten the holidays for our community’s at-risk children during this annual tradition!
For more than a century, Dr. Piper Center has hosted its annual Christmas Celebration. Dr. Ella Piper’s mother, Sarah Williams, started this event in 1915. Since then, this beloved Christmas Celebration has unified community members in the spirit of giving and helping those in need.
Dr. Piper carried on the Christmas tradition with the help of local churches, businesses, and many community friends who provided contributions and gifts for the community’s less fortunate kids.
The first Christmas Celebration started with a gathering of 15 little girls. Today, hundreds of at-risk children gather to celebrate the holiday and receive gifts from our generous community. Close to 600 boys and girls now romp over the lawn at the Dr. Piper Center every Christmas morning.
Revin' Reindeer Run
On December 5, 2021, dress up yourself and your bike with Christmas cheer, make sure your toys are securely fastened, and join us as we ride to various Senior Living Facilities ending with a final parade complete with Santa’s Sleigh and Shiny Reindeer. All proceeds and toys will benefit the Dr. Piper Center’s Annual Christmas Celebration.
Click to Register:
Calling All Elves
For over 100 years, the Dr. Piper Center has brought Christmas to the children of the Dunbar Community in Fort Myers. This year is no exception, and we are planning to welcome over 400 children on Christmas morning. How are we able to make the magic happen? Volunteer elves dedicate their countless hours of time to this special event, and on Saturday, December 18th, the Dr. Piper Center will transform into Santa’s Workshop.
Toy Collection Sites
If you would like to donate a toy or bike for the Christmas Celebration, you can drop it off at our office or any of the below local businesses.
Midwest One Bank, 8690 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers 33908
Gulf Coast Reality, 15050 Elderberry Lane, Suite 6-5, Fort Myers 33907
Home Instead, 1505 SE 40th St., Cape Coral 33904
Calusa Harbour, 2525 First Street, Fort Myers 33901
Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, 2450 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach 33931
The Waters of Cape Coral, 2219 Chiquita Blvd. S., Cape Coral 33991
Mitchell Dentistry, 32 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers 33907
Humana, 16964 Alico Mission Way, Suite 200, Fort Myers 33908
Florida Repertory Theater, 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers 33901
The Summit of Fort Myers, 1499 South Brandywine Circle, Fort Myers 33919
Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, all locations
Gulf Coast Village, 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, 33991
The Preserve, 14750 Hope Center Loop, Fort Myers, 33912
The Dubin Center, 12468 Brantley Commons Ct., Fort Myers 33907
Ella Mae’s Diner at Luminary Hotel, 2200 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers 33901
Millennial Brewing Co., 1811 Royal Palm Ave, Fort Myers 33901
Chartreuse Craft Cocktail Lounge, 27313 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs 34135
Brookdale College Parkway, 8351 College Parkway, Fort Myers 33919
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, 2310 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers 33901
The Riviera, 2734 First Street, Fort Myers, 33916
D. Gates Wealth, 923 Del Prado Blvd S., Suite 203, Cape Coral, 33990
Titan Construction, 2558 Fourth St., Fort Myers 33901
Starlink Realty, 1567 Hayley Lane #205, Fort Myers 33907
Seven Lakes Gulf & Tennis Community Club