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SANTA'S HELPERS 2015 (11-25)

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Santa's Helpers will run in The Log every week. If you want your organization listed, email pgriffin@thedestinlog.com.

United Way Coat Drive

If you would like to participate in this, please drop-off new coats or gently used clean coats until Dec. 1 at locations in Okaloosa and Walton Counties that can be found at http://www.united-way.org/coats.htm/. Contribute either dollars or coats to Coats for Kids. Call 243-0315 or email events@united-way.org for information.

Holiday Season Family Sponsor

Food for Thought Outreach will provide meals for more than 300 families during the holiday season. Families will also receive the food needed for their children during Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks along with the traditional holiday meal. If you would like to sponsor a family for $30, visit http://fftfl.org/products/holiday-season-family-sponsor.

Help the world with the gifts you give

The First Presbyterian Church, 134 Beal Parkway, SW, in Fort Walton Beach, has prepared its 19th Alternative Gifts Catalog, with 14 different causes from reputable helping agencies and a list of things you can buy for them in honor of folks on your gift list. Choices range from books for school libraries in Ethiopia; fresh water wells in South Sudan; things needed to plant vegetable gardens in Tanzania; rabies shots for pets in Okaloosa county; wheelchairs; pregnant goats for Haiti; medical help for Nepal; F R E S H Start in Fort Walton Beach; Medicine for Sharing and Caring; Helping build a Smart House for a severely injured airman in local area; and more.

You go through it and choose the items that different folks on your list would appreciate giving to others and fill out one order form, make a check out to the church and turn in the order. Then cards will be prepared for you for each gift explaining what gift you've chosen to give. Call the church 243-3731 or Carol Davis 243-4777.

Christmas is coming to the ECCAC

It's not too early to start planning for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) 2015 Adopt-a-Family program to help children in need over the upcoming holiday season.

ECCAC is seeking donors who will purchase gifts for individual families who have been identified by the Center. Last year, the program helped over 300 children and their families have a brighter holiday.

Simply contact ECCAC at ChristmasProgram@hotmail.com or call 850-833-9237, ext. 268, to make arrangements to identify an Adopt-a-Family. Then shop for them and bring unwrapped gifts by Dec. 11 or sooner to the Niceville Center.

Adopt A Child/Send Bibles

Mission Love Seeds has already had dozens of children in Haiti and at the school Mission supports in Bondo, Kenya, adopted for Christmas. Mission has now received news that there are hundreds of children not at the school you can adopt for $25 for Christmas. And also there are 27 underprivileged kids at Wellspring Performing Arts Christian School in Niceville who need to be adopted. You can see their photos and clothes sizes at Mission Love Seeds Charity on Facebook. You can adopt a child at missionloveseeds.org, send a check to Mission Love Seeds, 55 Country Club Dr E., Destin, Fl 32541 or email missionloveseeds@cox.net.

MLS would like to provide Bibles and Children's Bibles for kids and their parents for Christmas in the Philippines. Both Bibles are only $10. The Bibles will be given during Christmas gift giving in all 12 villages where the mission is working. If you would like to provide Bibles for a family, send a check to Mission Love Seeds, 55 Country Club Dr. E Destin, Fl 32541 or go online and donate at http://www.missionloveseeds.org/blog/donate/. Please message Barbi Carroll on Facebook to let her know how many Bibles you would like to purchase.

Toy Drive Drop for local hospital

Blue Marlin Realty Group has partnered with Porsche of Destin and GREGG ORR Auto to collect toys through Dec. 18 for children who will visit the Emergency Room at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast during the holidays, either as patients or with a loved one.

Drop unwrapped new or gently used toys at Blue Marlin Realty Group, 607 Harbor Blvd. in Destin or 4987 E Co Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach; Porsche of Destin, 808 Airport Road in Destin; and GREGG ORR Auto, 226 Main Street in Destin. The Blue Marlin Realty Group staff will deliver the collected toys prior to Christmas. Call 837-7800 or go to www.bluemarlinrealtygroup.com.

Catholic Charities needs donations for holidays

With the holiday season upon us. Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida is asking for donations of food and/or financial assistance to help provide for Thanksgiving and Christmas to families in need.

Volunteers are also needed for the season. Donations can be dropped off at the Catholic Charities offices at #11 First Street, S.E. in Fort Walton Beach from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call 244-2825.