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The Destin Log

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Food For Fines

During the month of December the Destin Library will accept donations of food and hygiene items for the Harvest House Food Pantry as payment for overdue fines. Donations should be of approximately equivalent value to the amount of your fines. Favorites include peanut butter, canned meats, and dried pasta.

Forgot your food? No problem! You can also donate the amount of your fines in cash to Harvest House to get your account cleared.

To learn more about the work Harvest House does for our community, visit

Expired food items or donations that may have been compromised by damaged packaging will not be accepted. The Food for Fines program cannot be used to pay for lost or damaged library materials. Call 837-8572.

Stock the Stocking

Stop by the Santa Rosa Beach or Destin pantry to pick up a stocking to stock for Food For Thought to give to families. Wish list includes peanut butter, jelly, healthy snacks, macaroni and cheese, breakfast items, soup, vegetables, fruit cups and applesauce. Easy open items and no glass.

Walmart and Sam’s Club gift cards are also accepted. The stocking goes directly to a child in the community.

Visit to make a donation of $30 or for more information. Return filled stockings by Dec. 20.

Coats for Kids

Provide a warmer holiday season for local children and donate a new coat or a gently used, cleaned coat to the United Way Coats for Kids at Christmas through Dec. 7. Donation boxes are located throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties. Find a list of locations at

Toy Drive Drop

Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican 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.

Toys will be collected until Dec. 15 at Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican offices at 607 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, 4987 E. Co. Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach and 42 Business Centre Drive #112 in Miramar Beach. Other locations in Destin include Porsche of Destin, 808 Airport Road, Greg ORR Auto, 226 Main Street, and North Florida Region Porsche Club of America, 607 Harbor Blvd.

Mission Love Seeds

Mission Love Seeds and Generous Heart Ministry are going back to Immokalee, Florida, on Dec. 19 to fill the community pantry and have a Christmas dinner and party. Needed are toys, candy, foods for the pantry and dinner, bikes, clothes, bedding, etc. See lists of items needed and drop-off locations on the Mission Love Seeds Facebook page.

Charles and Carmen Stiles of Graffiti & the Funky Blues Shack have a box to fill at the restaurant for Mission Love Seeds. The deadline to drop toys and/or food off is Dec. 9. Please stop by the restaurant/bar and drop off items or call 850-424-6650 for the restaurant to pick up.

For children in this area, all age toys are needed, including gift cards for teens, plus new clothes and shoes in all sizes.

For more information or to make a monetary donation, call 855-1055, email, or message them on Facebook page.

Village Angel Tree Ministry

Village Baptist Church will have Christmas programs for the women at Path of Grace and their children and families in the area Dec. 17 at the church. Meals and refreshments will be served to more than 500 people who will attend the programs. Presents with toys and winter clothes will be given to more than 550, plus turkey dinner fixings and a bag of groceries for a week.

Angels can be adopted at the Gold’s Gym locations in Fort Walton Beach and Miramar Beach, Barbery Coast Barbershop on Main Street in Destin, Christiano’s Restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach, and The Preserve at Henderson Beach Apartments on Commons Drive in Destin. Toys may also be donated at the Destin Community Center and at Village Baptist Church on Sundays. Call Deb Hoadley at 850-714-2389 or email for more information.

Donations are needed by Dec. 10, but will be taken until week before Christmas.