Caring and Sharing of South Walton distributed Angel Tree gifts to needy families this past Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The organization this year collected gifts for 375 angels. Caring and Sharing brings together angels and generous community members to help make Christmas merry for local boys and girls. “The response has been incredible,” said Director Pennie Lucas. “This year has been so tough on people.”

Regular donations of clothing, furniture and home goods were replaced in the donation-processing room by wrapped Angel Tree gifts, full of toys, clothing, and some larger items. The packages overflowed the room, into the hall, and out the back door, where gifts of bicycles were being stored in two trucks.


In its first year, Bikes for Tots raised enough money to donate 50 bikes to Caring and Sharing of South Walton, and 30 to the Fort Walton Beach High School Christmas Program.

On-hand to deliver the bikes to Caring and Sharing were Brad Smith, Amy Yanora, the founder of Bikes for Tots Bill MacBride, Robin Wilkes, Dan Finley, and Dave Hollows. The bikes were picked up Wednesday through Friday at Caring and Sharing just in time to make Christmas even brighter for local boys and girls. 

Lora Beebe and Donna Sue Lewis were on-hand early in the week to process the incoming packages. The outpouring of gifts was a sign of the Christmas spirit moving everyone to give. “It gets crazy in here,” said Lewis with a smile.