Santa’s Helpers will run in The Sun on Saturdays. If you want your organization listed, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stock the Stocking
Stop by the Santa Rosa Beach or Destin pantry to pick up a stocking to stock for Food For Thought to give to families. Wish list includes peanut butter, jelly, healthy snacks, macaroni and cheese, breakfast items, soup, vegetables, fruit cups and applesauce. Items should be easy to open and have no glass.
Walmart and Sam’s Club gift cards are also accepted. The stocking goes directly to a child in the community.
For more information or to donate $30, visit fftfl.org/. Return filled stockings by Dec. 20.
Santa Patrol and Community Christmas
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is now asking for donations for the 2017 Gift Drive for Santa Patrol and Community Christmas. These are for children of all ages, including teens. The gift drive is seeking gift cards and unwrapped toys. Drop off locations are at north and south end Sheriff's Office locations as well as Walton County Fire Rescue stations. The goal this year is to provide for more than 500 children in need in Walton County. Email AFoushee@waltonso.org for more information.
South Walton Fire District is partnering with Caring and Sharing of North Walton and South Walton to put on its annual Angel Tree Program. Those who want to give can pick up one or multiple children’s names with a wish list attached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Walton Fire District headquarters off County Road 393. Gifts are due back to the station by Dec. 8 to allow enough time for the presents to be delivered.
Coats for Kids
Provide a warmer holiday season for local children and donate a new coat or a gently used, cleaned coat to the United Way Coats for Kids at Christmas through Dec. 7. Donation boxes are located throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties. Find a list of locations at united-way.org/coats-for-kids/.
Seventh annual Toy Drive Drop
Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican has partnered with Porsche of Destin, Gregg ORR Auto and the North Florida Region Porsche Club of America to collect toys for children who will visit the emergency room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast this holiday season.
Toys will be collected until Dec. 15 at Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican offices at 607 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, 4987 E. Co. Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach and 42 Business Centre Drive No. 112 in Miramar Beach. Other locations in Destin include Porsche of Destin, 808 Airport Road; Greg ORR Auto, 226 Main Street; and North Florida Region Porsche Club of America, 607 Harbor Blvd.
Mission Love Seeds
Mission Love Seeds and Generous Heart Ministry are going back to Immokalee, Florida, Dec. 19 to fill the community pantry and have a Christmas dinner and party. Needed items include toys, candy, foods for the pantry and dinner, bikes, clothes, bedding, etc. See a full list of items needed and drop-off locations on the Mission Love Seeds Facebook page.
Charles and Carmen Stiles of Graffiti & the Funky Blues Shack have a box to fill at the restaurant for Mission Love Seeds. The deadline to drop toys and/or food off is Dec. 9. Please stop by the restaurant/bar and drop off items or call 850-424-6650 for the restaurant to pick up.
For children in this area, all age toys are needed, including gift cards for teens, plus new clothes and shoes in all sizes.
For more information or to make a monetary donation, call 855-1055, email email@example.com, or message on Facebook page.