Be a Santa's Helper

Staff Writer
Walton Sun

Teen Team

Coastal Library “Teen Team” (young adult group) will collect new and gently used coats for South Walton families. Please bring your donations into the Coastal Library through Dec. 17. Caring and Sharing of South Walton County in Santa Rosa Beach will distribute all donations to families. For more information on the coat drive or to join Coastal Library “Teen Team”, call group leader Shirles Johnson at 850-267-2809 or visit the Coastal Library, 437 Greenway Trail. Santa Patrol

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Santa Patrol, a program in which the community donates toys and money to purchase gifts for local needy children, is in its 15th season and going strong.

Sgt. Danny Garner says that they are accepting new/unopened toys for stockings for donations, as well as money. Checks will be accepted and should be made out to Walmart and “Santa Patrol” written in the note at the bottom of the check. To donate, call Garner at 850-892-8186.

Charity Gift Wrap

Sinfonia Gulf Coast volunteers will wrap gifts for donations during The Silver Sands’ Annual Charity Gift Wrap from 12-6 p.m. Dec. 15-16 and 12-9 p.m. Dec. 17-23 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Holiday Food Drive Shelter House is accepting donations of turkeys, hams, stuffing mix, gravy, mashed potato mix, soups for casseroles, green beans, crunchy fried onions, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, fresh fruits and vegetables, pie crusts, condensed milk and pumpkin pie filling to help feed families this holiday season. Also needed are laundry baskets to put the meals in and grocery and gas gift cards.

Non-perishable items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Shelter House administration office, 102 Buck Drive in Fort Walton Beach, Perishable items, especially turkeys and hams, need to be delivered Dec. 19 only. Call 243-1201.

Bikes for Tots Foundation

Miramar Beach resident Bill MacBride, with a desire to give back to the community, created the Bikes for Tots Foundation, a non profit organization that’s raising money to purchase new bikes for needy children this holiday season. Robin’s Bikes and Fitness in Miramar Beach is also a partner.

Donations are being collected at Robin’s Bikes and Fitness, 11166 Emerald Coast Parkway in Miramar Beach or online at An $80 donation will cover the cost of an entire bike, but donations in any amount are appreciated. Donations are being accepted through Dec. 20 and 100 percent of funds raised will be used to purchase bikes for underprivileged children in our area.