For the 19th year, Habitat for Humanity Okaloosa will coordinate volunteers to act as wait staff to serve Thanksgiving dinner to locals and tourists at Harbor Docks in Destin. 

The annual event has become a cherished tradition for families along the Emerald Coast, for guests and volunteers alike.

“It has been incredibly fulfilling to witness the growth of children who started out rolling silverware while their parents served in various positions, now waiting tables for guests or working in the kitchen for the day,” said Melissa Forte, Thanksgiving with Harbor Docks event coordinator.

In 2012, the nearly 200 volunteers came from seven states with the farthest coming from Connecticut. 

Charles Morgan, owner of Harbor Docks, partners with Habitat to assist in helping relieve substandard living conditions in Okaloosa County. Dinner is free, but guests have the option to donate “tips” to support the mission of Habitat Okaloosa. 

Volunteers served an estimated 1,650 dinners and raised more than $19,500 last year.

If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, consider joining Habitat Okaloosa for a traditional dinner. Doors open on Thanksgiving at 11 a.m. with dinner being served until 7 p.m. at Harbor Docks, 538 E. U.S. Hwy. 98 in Destin. A cash bar will be available.

Habitat for Humanity Okaloosa County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Okaloosa County. Reservations are not available. If you have any questions regarding this event or the Habitat program, please call 315-0025 or visit