Santa's Helpers

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Mission Love Seeds held a food drive Sunday at Indian Bayou Country Club to support the Fort Walton Beach High School Leadership Program and its 15th annual Christmas Connections. Giana Gallegos, (from left) Angela Roy, and Phoenix Catao from Fort Walton Beach High School Leadership are pictured with supporters John and Marie Medina of Destin, who donated 12 bags of food to the food drive. Mission volunteers who helped with he event were Lisa Snuggs, Maliga Pillay and Evangeline Zamonte. The food drive has been extended to Dec. 14. Collection boxes are at Ruth’s Chris in Destin, Dollar General locations in Destin, Sandestin and Santa Rosa Beach; The Fashion Exchange on U.S. 98; and The Destin Log, 35008 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 501, across from Bass Pro Shops.

Charity auction

Gulf Coast travel website will host its first Children in Crisis online charity auction through Dec. 5 at All proceeds will go to Children in Crisis of Florida that helps abused and neglected children in the community. The items that will be available in the auction include dolphin tours, parasailing, lodging, and more.

Tourists and locals alike can take advantage of everything that is offered, which includes destinations from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores, Ala.

Coats for Kids at Christmas

United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties, in partnership with A & A Transfer & Storage, Bangkok Cleaners and French Laundry, will hold Coats for Kids to help children in need in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

To participate, drop off new coats or almost new coats through Dec. 5 at the following locations: Bank of America, BankTrust, BB&T, BBVA Compass Banks, Beach Community Banks, Boeing Company, CCB Community Bank, Coastal Bank and Trust, Covenant Hospice, Eglin Chapel, Eglin Federal Credit Unions, First City Bank, Gold’s Gym in Destin, Horizons, Northwest Florida State College, Okaloosa School District Office, Publix in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Destin, Grand Blvd, South Walton, and Watercolor, Regions Banks, Summit Banks, Trustmark Banks, Twin Cities Hospital, and the YMCAs.

Volunteers will pick and deliver coats to Bangkok and French Laundry for cleaning. Participating United Way Agencies will distribute the coats to any child at no cost to the family. Call 243-0315 or email

Tee Off for Toys

People are asked to donate new, unwrapped toys or gift cards with a value of $15 or more and in exchange guests can play Sandestin’s golf courses for just the green and golf car fee, $20 Dec. 8 and 9. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will offer golf at all three of its public courses, Raven Golf Club, Baytowne Golf Club and Links Golf Club. All toys and donations will be given to Children in Crisis programs, benefiting children and families in need this holiday season.

Local residents, guests and visitors are welcome to participate. Tee times are available all day and can be made at 267-8155.

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.

Angel Tree at Silver Sands

Visit the “Families First Angel Tree” through Dec. 12 at Charity Gift Wrap at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. A description of each child and gift suggestions will be available. Wrapped gifts must be returned to Charity Gift Wrap no later than Wednesday, Dec. 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Howl at the Moon fundraiser

Get your friends together, put on your most festive camouflage Christmas attire and join Howl at the Moon in support of Fisher House of the Emerald Coast Dec. 14. For a $10 donation, enjoy the dueling piano show, receive a free drink and a three chances to win prizes. Fisher House keeps all donations from ticket sales made prior to Dec. 14. Call 259-4956 to reserve your tickets. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted.

Wish Upon a Car

The Seventh annual Wish Upon a Car Winter Charity Event will be held Dec. 18 and includes holiday shopping, meals, gifts for the children and their families, group interactions, gift-wrapping, holiday card crafting, music, photos with Santa Claus, and limousine transportation for 80 children from deprived, under-served, or abusive homes within our local neighborhoods.

We encourage our community partners to get involved and help us in any way possible. It is just $100 to sponsor a child and only $500 if you wish to sponsor an entire family. You can also offer your products and services at the day of the event. Donate by mail at Wish Upon a Car, 221 Main St., Destin FL 32541; online at; or call 850-654-5466.

Food‐for‐Fine at Destin Library

Destin Library patrons owing fines for overdue books, videos, DVDs and CDs will be exempt from the fine if overdue materials are returned along with a donation of canned goods (no expired food items will be accepted) or personal hygiene items. The food drive will benefit Harvest House on Mountain Drive in Destin.

According to Jurate Burns, director of the Destin Library, “the waiver of fines for overdue materials for patrons will continue through Dec. 31, and the donated goods for Harvest House will be a win‐win situation for all involved.”

“The library will call patrons who have overdue materials to remind them that now would be a good time to return those late books, videos, DVDs, and CDs,” Burns said.