How to help with relief efforts

Savannah Vasquez
Residents gather inside the emergency shelter at Rutherford High School after Hurricane Michael on Saturday. The shelter has food, water and electricity. [JOSHUA BOUCHER/THE NEWS HERALD]

Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties avoided the brunt of Hurricane Michael — but local residents can still help those most affected.

Here are some of the businesses and nonprofits that are accepting donations for hurricane victims to the east.

Destin Fire Control District

The Destin Fire Control District is now accepting donations to support those impacted by Hurricane Michael and has a detailed description of needs online. From hygiene kits and school supplies to food and cleaning supplies, all items can be dropped off at the main fire station at 848 Airport Road in Destin from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit

Feeding The Gulf Coast

Feeding The Gulf Coast, based out of Milton, is partnering with Feeding America, Feeding Florida, Bay County Emergency Management and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to distribute food and water in areas affected by Hurricane Michael.

Feeding the Gulf Coast is asking for volunteers and monetary donations to tackle upcoming needs. To find out how you can help those affected by Hurricane Michael, visit

Hays Companies

Bring donations of water, canned goods, baby supplies, dog and cat food, and school supplies to Hays Companies at 4399 East Commons Drive 200 B in Destin. Donations are accepted Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

YOLO Miramar Beach

YOLO Board & Beach in Miramar Beach is accepting supply donations for Hurricane Michael relief at their store at 11610 U.S. Highway 98 West. For more information, visit its Facebook page or call 850-424-6852.

Campus Café

The Campus Café on the Fort Walton Beach campus of Northwest Florida State College is taking donations of canned goods, water, toiletries, clothing and shoes. Visit them at 1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit

Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast is taking donations of school supplies, snacks, water, non-perishable foods and athletic supplies. The donation dropoff site is at the South Walton Boys & Girls Club at 427 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, visit

Fort Walton Beach Library

The Fort Walton Beach Library is partnering with Coastal Community Cleanup to collect donations for Hurricane Michael relief to Bay County. Donations of toiletries, diapers, new underwear and socks, first-aid items, cleaning supplies, pillows, blankets, box fans, dust masks and utility gloves are being accepted at the front desk. Fort Walton Beach Library is at 185 Miracle Strip Parkway SE in Fort Walton Beach. For more information, visit the library's Facebook page or call 850-833-9590.

SpringHill Suites Navarre Beach

SpringHill Suites in Navarre Beach is collecting items 24 hours a day including cleaning supplies, baby necessities, hygiene kits, non-perishable food items, pet supplies and bottled water. SprinHill Suites Navarre Beach is located at 8375 Gulf Blvd. on Navarre Beach. The donations can be taken to the fist floor lobby front desk. For more information, visit

Sunshine Yoga Destin

Sunshine Yoga Studio in Destin is collecting donations to meet the needs of the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center. The needs include paper plates and plastic utensils, baby wipes, water, peanut butter, bread, non-perishable food items, lighters and other items. Sunshine Yoga Studio is located at 211 Main Street in Destin and will have a bin out by the yoga sign on the street. For more information, visit Sunshine Yoga's Facebook page.

The Salvation Army

Their website did not list specific items that were needed, but financial donations can be made online, by telephone, mail and text message. The group can be contacted by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), or contributions can be mailed in to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA (list "2018 Hurricanes — Michael" on checks). To donate by phone, text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link, or donate online at

The American Red Cross

To donate to Hurricane Michael relief, visit the website at or mail in any financial contributions to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA. To make donations by phone, call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669). All contributions and tax deductible. The website did not list specific items that were needed.

World Hope International

This Christian relief organization is also accepting donations to help fund Hurricane Michael relief efforts. Contributions can be made online, by mail and phone — donation information is listed online at