‘Changing our community’: BeGenerous collects diapers, food, furniture for needy families


Courtney Hatten and Stephanie McMinn started BeGenerous, Inc., to provide families in Okaloosa and Walton counties with food, diapers and other necessities.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM.

When you look at the beautiful expanse of the Gulf of Mexico, it is hard to imagine families along the coast are struggling.

But according to Stephanie McMinn, there is no shortage of families in need, and the Santa Rosa Beach philanthropist is aiming to lend a helping hand.

“If we step off the beautiful 30A or miraculous Scenic Highway 98, you can find those in need,” she said.

Seeing the need in the community, McMinn and her close friend Courtney Hatten set out to help them via BeGenerous, an organization that collects and distributes diapers, food, and larger items to Northwest Florida families.

McMinn said she received a divine push to start the organization when she and Hatten attended a Night of Worship for women at their home church of Destiny Worship Center. The speaker, Lisa Bevere, presented a seminar “encouraging women to be awakened by their passion and to follow their dreams,” said McMinn, who left “fired up,” though unsure how to proceed.

At this time, the success of her husband’s property restoration business, Emerald Coast Clean Up, allowed her to be a stay-at-home mom, though she said she longed for something more.

One day in 2010, shortly after the women’s seminar, McMinn happened to catch Ellen Pompeo as the guest on “The Ellen Show.”

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