EDITORIAL: Heeding a caring call to action

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Volunteers from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office work at Harvest House

The army of volunteers descended on Destin for some “hands on caring.”

Mission accomplished.

Last week on Sept. 20, the United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties executed its 20th Annual Day of Caring in Destin, an event that celebrates the spirit of giving through service to better the lives of those in our community.

The day is a "call to action" to mobilize local businesses, employees of various corporations, youth groups, civic and philanthropic groups, and individuals to "celebrate the spirit of volunteerism" in their own community. The army of volunteers helped many local organizations, non-profits, clients of non-profits, schools, and local parks.

Volunteers' efforts are vital to the well being of our community and Destin’s Day of Caring had 143 volunteers from 22 businesses that worked on 13 different projects in the Destin and South Walton area.

At the end of the day, volunteers had:

• spruced up the grounds and landscaping, planted flowers and plants, and painted the sign outside the Boys & Girls Club site at Destin Elementary.

• painted logos and murals in the new facility for the South Walton Boys & Girls Club.

•spruced up school courtyards and grounds by trimming small trees/bushes and raking at Butler Elementary. 

•worked, sorted and cleaner the pantry and warehouse at Caring and Sharing of South Walton.

•applied sealant and paint to decking at Mattie Kelly Park & Joe's Bayou on Beach Drive.

•painted nails of residents and played bingo with residents at Destin Health Care at 195 Mattie Kelly Blvd.

•Weeded around the school and fencing, cleaned the pond area, painted and cleaned and organized closets at Destin Middle School.

•spread mulch in the school courtyard at Emerald Coast Middle School.

•pressure washed, landscaped, did yard work by the gazebo and cleaned windows at Grand Boulevard Rehab Center.

•cleared brush and tore down boards surrounding the slab while doing prep work for the next two builds for the next Walton County Habitat for Humanity house on 3rd Street.

•pulled weeds, laid pine straw beds while deep cleaning the upstairs clothes area at Harvest House, Destin’s food pantry and thrift store.

•weeded 2 flowerbeds and distributed mulch at the YMCA’s Destin Aquatic Center.

 “Our city is blessed to have the United Way play such an active role in the community,” said Seevers. “Volunteerism is very near and dear to my heart, and I am incredibly proud to see the Day of Caring in Destin touch so many lives!”

We at The Log second that emotion!