Coastal Library “Teen Team” (young adult group) will collect new and gently used coats for South Walton families. Please bring your donations into the Coastal Library through Dec. 17. Caring and Sharing of South Walton County in Santa Rosa Beach will distribute all donations to families. For more information on the coat drive or to join Coastal Library “Teen Team”, call group leader Shirles Johnson at 850-267-2809 or visit the Coastal Library, 437 Greenway Trail.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Santa Patrol, a program in which the community donates toys and money to purchase gifts for local needy children, is in its 15th season and going strong. Those interested in applying for this service will need to arrive between 9 a.m. and noon Nov. 24 at the DeFuniak Springs Civic Center. Applications will be given out on a first come first serve basis. All applicants will be checked for duplication services with other organizations out of fairness to others who are not already receiving assistance. There will be limited childcare provided on site.
Sgt. Danny Garner says that they are accepting new/unopened toys for stockings for donations, as well as money. Checks will be accepted and should be made out to Walmart and “Santa Patrol” written in the note at the bottom of the check.
To donate, call Garner at 850-892-8186.
Gulf Coast travel website TripShock.com will host its first Children in Crisis online charity auction through Dec. 5 at auction.tripshock.com. All proceeds will go to Children in Crisis of Florida that helps abused and neglected children in the community. The items that will be available in the auction include dolphin tours, parasailing, lodging, and more. Tourists and locals alike can take advantage of everything that is offered, which includes destinations from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores, Ala.
Coats for Kids at Christmas
United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties, in partnership with A & A Transfer & Storage, Bangkok Cleaners and French Laundry, will hold Coats for Kids to help children in need in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
To participate, drop off new coats or almost new coats through Dec. 5 at the following locations:
Bank of America, BankTrust, BB&T, BBVA Compass Banks, Beach Community Banks, Boeing Company, CCB Community Bank, Coastal Bank and Trust, Covenant Hospice, Eglin Chapel, Eglin Federal Credit Unions, First City Bank, Gold’s Gym in Destin, Horizons, Northwest Florida State College, Okaloosa School District Office, Publix in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Destin, Grand Blvd, South Walton, and Watercolor, Regions Banks, Summit Banks, Trustmark Banks, Twin Cities Hospital, and the YMCAs.
Volunteers will pick and deliver coats to Bangkok and French Laundry for cleaning. Participating United Way Agencies will distribute the coats to any child at no cost to the family. Call 243-0315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angel Tree at Silver Sands
Visit the “Families First Angel Tree” Dec. 1-12 at Charity Gift Wrap at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. A description of each child and gift suggestions will be available. Wrapped gifts must be returned to Charity Gift Wrap no later than Wednesday, Dec. 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
The South Walton Fire District will sponsor the Caring and Sharing Angel Tree to benefit children from ages 1 month to 12 years who live in Walton County. More than 300 angel names are expected to be available.
Angels are ready for selection from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Station 3/Headquarters, 911 North CR 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Gifts must be returned by Dec. 15, either wrapped or unwrapped, but preferably in a gift bag. To schedule a time to select an angel name, call 267-1298 or email email@example.com.
Gifts may be returned to Station 3/Headquarters before Dec. 14, either wrapped or unwrapped, but preferably in a gift bag. For more information or to schedule a special time to select an angel name, call Robbie Lund, administrative assistant at Station 3/Headquarters, 850-267-1298, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.swfd.org.
Charity Gift Wrap
Sinfonia Gulf Coast volunteers will wrap gifts for donations during The Silver Sands’ Annual Charity Gift Wrap from 12-6 p.m. Dec. 8-16 and 12-9 p.m. Dec. 17-23 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Holiday Food Drive
Shelter House is accepting donations of turkeys, hams, stuffing mix, gravy, mashed potato mix, soups for casseroles, green beans, crunchy fried onions, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, fresh fruits and vegetables, pie crusts, condensed milk and pumpkin pie filling to help feed families this holiday season. Also needed are laundry baskets to put the meals in and grocery and gas gift cards.
Non-perishable items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Shelter House administration office, 102 Buck Drive in Fort Walton Beach, Perishable items, especially turkeys and hams, need to be delivered Dec. 19 only. Call 243-1201.
Bikes for Tots Foundation
Miramar Beach resident Bill MacBride, with a desire to give back to the community, created the Bikes for Tots Foundation, a non profit organization that’s raising money to purchase new bikes for needy children this holiday season. Robin’s Bikes and Fitness in Miramar Beach is also a partner.
Donations are being collected at Robin’s Bikes and Fitness, 11166 Emerald Coast Parkway in Miramar Beach or online at www.bikesfortotsfoundation.com. An $80 donation will cover the cost of an entire bike, but donations in any amount are appreciated. Donations are being accepted through Dec. 20 and 100 percent of funds raised will be used to purchase bikes for underprivileged children in our area.