Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties avoided the brunt of Hurricane Michael, but local residents can still help those most affected.
Here is an updated list of some of the businesses and nonprofits that are accepting donations for hurricane victims to the east.
Alaqua Animal Refuge
Alaqua Animal Refuge is accepting bottled water, dog and cat food, litter, used linens, cleaning products and dog and cat crates. Items can be delivered directly to Alaqua at 914 Whitfield Road in Freeport.
Monetary donations can be given online at www.alaqua.org/michael.
Boys & Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast is taking donations of school supplies, snacks, water, non-perishable foods and athletic supplies. The donation drop-off site is at the South Walton Boys & Girls Club at 427 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, visit www.emeraldcoastbgc.org.
The Campus Café on the Fort Walton Beach campus of Northwest Florida State College is taking donations of canned goods, water, toiletries, clothing and shoes. Visit them at 1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/campuscafefwb.com.
Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida
Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida is accepting donations of water, tarps, cleaning supplies, gloves, pet supplies, baby food, diapers, non-perishable food items, toiletries, sunscreen, bug spray and hand sanitizer. No clothing or household items are accepted.
Donations can be delivered to Catholic Charities' Fort Walton Beach office at 11 First Street SE on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The Pensacola locations are also accepting donations.
Crestview Police Department
The Crestview Police Department is accepting donations of ice coolers which will be transported to police agencies and first responders in the communities between
Panama City and Apalachicola that were affected by Hurricane Michael. The Police Department also welcomes the donation of bottled water, sports drinks, toiletries, diapers and toilet paper.
The donations will be loaded into a Crestview Police utility trailer and hauled to the affected communities toward the middle of the week. Donations may be brought to the Crestview Police Department in the Whitehurst Municipal Building, 201 Stillwell Blvd. at any time, night and day.
Destin Fire Control District
The Destin Fire Control District is now accepting donations to support those impacted by Hurricane Michael and has a detailed description of needs online. From hygiene kits and school supplies to food and cleaning supplies, all items can be dropped off at the main fire station at 848 Airport Road in Destin from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DestinFireRescue.
Destin Fisherman's Co-op
The Destin Fisherman's Co-op, in cooperation with The Fleet Marina and the Destin Charter Boat Association, will be sending donated supplies to those affected by Hurricane Michael in Gulf County. The Sunrise, a 65-foot work boat, will depart the Destin Harbor on Thursday morning with donation from Okaloosa County residents and businesses.
Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours at 210 Harbor Blvd. behind Brotulas on Tuesday and Wednesday. They are asking for water, clothing, pet food, canned goods, diapers and baby wipes. If you have any questions please reach out the Destin Fisherman's Co-op at 654-4999.
Feeding The Gulf Coast
Feeding The Gulf Coast, based out of Milton, is partnering with Feeding America, Feeding Florida, Bay County Emergency Management and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to distribute food and water in areas affected by Hurricane Michael.
Feeding the Gulf Coast is asking for volunteers and monetary donations to tackle upcoming needs. To find out how you can help those affected by Hurricane Michael, visit www.feedingthegulfcoast.org.
Fort Walton Beach Library
The Fort Walton Beach Library is partnering with Coastal Community Cleanup to collect donations for Hurricane Michael relief to Bay County. Donations of toiletries, diapers, new underwear and socks, first-aid items, cleaning supplies, pillows, blankets, box fans, dust masks and utility gloves are being accepted at the front desk. Fort Walton Beach Library is at 185 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E. in Fort Walton Beach. For more information, visit the library's Facebook page or call 850-833-9590.
Bring donations of water, canned goods, baby supplies, dog and cat food, and school supplies to Hays Companies at 4399 East Commons Drive 200 B in Destin. Donations are accepted Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Okaloosa County School District
The Okaloosa County School District is asking for families to donate a toy, board or card games, books, comics, coloring books, crayons or art supplies to help the child victims of Hurricane Michael stay occupied. The donations can be brought to your child’s school Monday and Tuesday, the district said on Facebook. All donations will be collected by district staff and delivered directly to the shelters in Bay County on Wednesday.
Okaloosa County Tax Collector's Office
The six Okaloosa County Tax Collector's Office locations are accepting cleaning supplies, travel-sized toiletries, hand sanitizer and wipes, diapers for babies and adults, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes and formula, batteries, dog and cat food, leather work gloves and gift cards to Walmart, Lowe's and Home Depot.
SpringHill Suites Navarre Beach
SpringHill Suites in Navarre Beach is collecting items 24 hours a day including cleaning supplies, baby necessities, hygiene kits, non-perishable food items, pet supplies and bottled water. SpringHill Suites Navarre Beach is located at 8375 Gulf Blvd. on Navarre Beach. The donations can be taken to the fist floor lobby front desk. For more information, visit SpringHill's Facebook page.
Sunshine Yoga Destin
Sunshine Yoga Studio in Destin is collecting donations to meet the needs of the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center. The needs include paper plates and plastic utensils, baby wipes, water, peanut butter, bread, non-perishable food items, lighters and other items. Sunshine Yoga Studio is located at 211 Main St. in Destin and will have a bin out by the yoga sign on the street. For more information, visit Sunshine Yoga's Facebook page.
The American Red Cross
To donate to Hurricane Michael relief, visit the website at www.redcross.org or mail in any financial contributions to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA. To make donations by phone, call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669). All contributions and tax deductible. The website did not list specific items that were needed.
The Salvation Army
Their website did not list specific items that were needed, but financial donations can be made online, by telephone, mail and text message. The group can be contacted by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), or contributions can be mailed in to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA (list "2018 Hurricanes — Michael" on checks). To donate by phone, text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link, or donate online at www.HelpSalvationArmy.org.
World Hope International
This Christian relief organization is also accepting donations to help fund Hurricane Michael relief efforts. Contributions can be made online, by mail and phone. Donation information is listed online at www.worldhope.org.
YOLO Miramar Beach
YOLO Board & Beach in Miramar Beach is accepting supply donations for Hurricane Michael relief at their store at 11610 U.S. Highway 98 W. For more information, visit its Facebook page or call 424-6852.
The Humane Society of the United States:
The Humane Society of the United States is currently in Escambia County and is providing financial support for transports of adoptable animals in order to increase the capacity of communities to care for animals displaced by Hurricane Michael.
Those interested in supporting can make a gift through the Emergency Animal Rescue Fund: https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Donation2?df_id=24266&24266.donation=form1&autologin=true&s_src=mr_101518
Walton County Emergency Management
Walton County has been inundated with volunteer requests from county residents. In order to provide an opportunity for those who would like to volunteer, the county has created a registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HurricaneVolunteers
The county is looking for volunteers to assist with sheltering, points of distribution, donations management centers and other areas in the impacted counties.
Completion of this link will allow Walton County to process volunteer requests and work with potential volunteers to assist where they are needed most.