SANTA'S HELPERS 2015

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.

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.

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.

Toys/clothes for local children

With all but three or four children adopted in Kenya, Mission Love Seeds now has received many calls from parents who cannot afford to purchase gifts for their kids. All age toys are needed, especially gift cards, movie passes, inexpensive perfume sets, nail polish and make up sets. We hope to collect as many toys as possible. We can also use new kids clothes and shoes of all sizes. All toys and clothes need to be received by Dec. 15. Send message from Mission Love Seeds Charity Facebook page or email missionloveseeds@cox.net to find out where to drop off toys and clothes.

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.

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 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.