Catholic Charities needs food donations



With the holidays just around the corner, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida is preparing to provide Thanksgiving meals to nearly 200 local families in need. The charity, whose Fort Walton Beach office serves residents of both Okaloosa and Walton counties, is in great need of traditional Thanksgiving foods as well as other staples in order to meet the demand.



While all donations are welcome, there is a particular need for stuffing mix, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, potato mixes (mashed, scalloped, etc.), gravy (canned or mix), pie filling, soup, other canned vegetables, pork and beans and other canned or dry beans, corn muffin mix and macaroni and cheese. In addition, cash donations are always welcome.



Donations may be dropped off at the Catholic Charities food pantry, 11 First Street in Fort Walton Beach, or arrangements can be made for pick-up. The pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for donation drop-offs, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for people seeking assistance with groceries.



Call 244-2825 or 737-2825.



Tax-Aide needs counselors



Tax-Aide counselors prepare Federal income tax returns for low to middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those ages 60 or older. Most of the returns are completed electronically (e-file) and all are free. Neither counselors nor clients need to be members of AARP.



Counselors receive training and are certified in the basics of the US Individual Tax Code and in the use of the IRS provided tax preparation software. In addition to training, counselors receive the satisfaction of helping others and meeting their neighbors.



Commitment will be for training in January and preparing taxes at least one day a week during tax season, February through April 15.



Significant shortages exist in Fort Walton and Crestview. If you are interested in helping at one of the five Okaloosa County sites, contact Joe Perry at 850-622-9756.