SANTA'S HELPERS Dec. 17

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Toy Drive for Foster Kids

Mattress Firm will host a toy drive for foster children through Dec. 18. Bring a donation of new and unwrapped gifts to a Mattress Firm location and help keep the holiday spirit alive for local foster children. Donate online at https://www.mattressfirmfosterkids.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.general. Needed toys include bikes/scooters, electronics, Legos, Barbies, books, dolls, trucks, crafts, coloring books and sports equipment.

Toys/clothing for children

Mission Love Seeds oversees hundreds of children locally and in the Philippines, Haiti and Kenya that may be "adopted" for Christmas for $25.

Also, toys for all ages are needed, including gift cards for teens, and new clothes and shoes in all sizes. Items may be dropped off at 55 Country Club Drive E in Destin.

For more information or to make a monetary donation, call 850-650-5583, email missionloveseeds@cox.net or message Barbi Carroll, founder of MLS, on Facebook. Donations can also be made at missionloveseeds.org using credit cards or PayPal.

Century 21 Blue Marlin Toy Drive Drop

Century 21 Blue Marlin has partnered with Porsche of Destin, Gregg ORR Auto and the North Florida Region Porsche Club of America to collect toys for children who will visit the emergency room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast this holiday season. Whether the children are at the local hospital to receive care themselves or for a loved one, the toys bring joy to the children and help make their potentially stressful time in the hospital a little brighter. Drop unwrapped new or gently used toys at Century 21 Blue Marlin’s Destin or Santa Rosa Beach office locations. Locations in Destin also include Porsche of Destin on Airport Road, Greg ORR Auto on Main Street and North Florida Region Porsche Club of America at 814 North Lakeside Drive.

Holiday Season Family Sponsor

Food for Thought Outreach will provide meals for more than 500 families this holiday season. Families will receive foods needed for children during Christmas break plus foods for a traditional holiday meal. Donate $30 at fftfl.org.