Santa's Helpers

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

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.

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.

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.