Santa's Helpers

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Last chance to be one of Santa's little helpers.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has 860 children ages 9-12 in Okaloosa County and is in need of toys, games and puzzles. Also, they hope to include one book for each child. Also, bring non-perishable food items for their food pantry. Donations of pet food and supplies are also being accepted for the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.

Donations may be made during regular business hours at any Lee Automotive location: Lee Chrysler Dodge Jeep on Mary Esther Cutoff in Fort Walton Beach; Lee Chrysler Dodge Jeep on Ferdon Boulevard in Crestview; Lee Automotive on John Sims Parkway in Niceville; Lee Volkswagen Subaru on Hollywood Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach; Lee Kia on Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach; or at Cumulus Broadcasting on Hollywood Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach.

Shelter House donations for holiday meals

Shelter House is currently accepting donations for its annual holiday food drive. They accept non-perishable food items at any time. Due to storage capacity, perishable items such as hams, turkeys, bread and fresh fruits and vegetables will only be accepted Dec. 18 for Christmas meals. All donations should be delivered to 102 Buck Drive in Fort Walton Beach between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Suggested donations include turkeys, hams, mashed potato mix, stuffing mix, gravy, soups for casseroles, cranberry sauce, crispy fried onions, fresh fruits and vegetables, pie filling, pie crusts, condensed milk and laundry baskets. Gift cards are always welcome. Call 850-243-1201.

Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle

United for a Good Cause Inc. will host its Second Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Children’s Fiesta from 2-7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, 21 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.

The event will be a fun-filled “Latin-Flavored” party open to needy children/families regardless of race, ethnicity or creed. Santa will be there with new toys, food, games, magicians, dance contests for bikes and more. From 2-3 p.m. only families with special needs children will be allowed.

Monetary donations and volunteers welcomed. Also, business sponsorships, donations of new toys, clothing and gifts. Visit for information on our sponsor levels. Call 850-305-3686 or 850-368-3505, or email or for information.