30A brothers host fundraiser for needy families

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Seventeen-year-old twins Blane and Tyler Margaretten haven't even graduated high school yet, however they're the brains behind a new charity fundraiser that will help Okaloosa and Walton County families have a brighter, merrier Christmas.

It all started when they went to freshman orientation at Fort Walton Beach High School , where they were both urged to join the Leadership Program.

For the past 16 years, the program has run the Christmas Connection Project, which serves Okaloosa and Walton County families by providing food and toys to help bring a little extra holiday cheer. Last year, the project helped 114 families and 332 children.

"It's a 100 percent student-led program," said Tyler . "There are 230 students involved this year — kids can still make a difference."

As seniors, Blane and Tyler have seen how far a good deed will go in their four years with the Leadership Program.

"It's given me insight into how a group can set their minds to do something and accomplish it," said Blane. "It's also made a personal impact seeing the real need in our communities."



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