Be a Santa's Helper

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM.

Charities and organizations are beginning to accept donations for the holidays. Be a Santa’s Helper and give to those in need.

Angel Tree

Help a child and visit the “Families First Angel Tree” at Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. A description of each child and gift suggestions will be available. Wrapped gifts must be returned to the Information Center, between Michael Kors and DKNY, no later than Dec. 17.  Call 654-9771.

Shelter House donations for holiday meals

Shelter House is currently accepting donations for its annual holiday food drive. They accept non-perishable food items at any time. Due to storage capacity, perishable items such as hams, turkeys, bread and fresh fruits and vegetables will only be accepted Dec. 18 for Christmas meals. All donations should be delivered to 102 Buck Drive in Fort Walton Beach between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Gift cards are always welcome. Call 850-243-1201.

Food Drive

Opportunity Inc., the Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care, is teaming up with Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House in Destin to collect canned and non-perishable food items to distribute to families in need in our community. Drop off locations include Boshamps, Apex Communications, Vintage Title and Escrow in Destin, the Sleep Center and Rick’s Crab Trap in Fort Walton Beach. Items may also be brought to Opportunity Place, 305 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Opportunity Inc. at 409-3070 or email

Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle

United for a Good Cause Inc. will host its Second Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Children’s Fiesta from 2-7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, 21 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.

The event will be a fun-filled “Latin-Flavored” party open to needy children/families regardless of race, ethnicity or creed. Santa will be there with new toys, food, games, magicians, dance contests for bikes and more. From 2-3 p.m. only families with special needs children will be allowed.

Monetary donations and volunteers welcomed. Also, business sponsorships, donations of new toys, clothing and gifts. Visit for information on our sponsor levels. Call 850-305-3686 or 850-368-3505, or email or for information.



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