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‘Ding’ Darling extends holiday happy hours for shoppers

By Staff | Nov 15, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Luc Century’s 2019 Sea Star ornament will be available this year for a limited, numbered edition of 75 pieces. The ornament proof will also be for sale.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Nature Store will host its fifth annual Happy Hour Holiday Shopping event on Nov. 27 in the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.

There will be free refreshments, extended hours and complimentary gift wrapping.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge will keep the store open two extra hours after the center closes, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The date also marks the nationally promoted Giving Tuesday, and the store will set up a Giving Tree that allows donors to easily contribute to education, land acquisition and research projects at the refuge in the name of a loved one for holiday gifting.

The Refuge Nature Store has stocked special holiday items for the event, and it will have gift consultants ready with suggestions and free gift-wrapping with recycled paper.

Shoppers who spend more than $20 receive a free gift.

Nature Store Manager Ann-Marie Wildman will also debut the 2019 Luc Century Sea Star ornament, which will be for sale that evening.

“All profits from Nature Store purchases go directly to benefiting wildlife and conservation,” she said. “This has been a fun way to get everyone into the holiday spirit with an altruistic twist.”

For more information, call 239-472-1100 ext. 241.