Emerald Coast Toys for Tots is very short on toys

Special to The Log

With the holiday season in full-swing, scratching names off your gift list is becoming a priority.

Emerald Coast Toys for Tots would like to kindly remind everyone that there are many local children who aren’t on anybody’s list.

Over 10,000 children in Okaloosa and Walton counties are counting on the generosity of those in the community. Gifts continue to come in, but estimations have the total number of gifts at 50-percent of where they need to be this late in the season.

“The need for gifts in our area continues to grow each and every year. We are committed to inspiring hope and making sure every child has at least one gift under the tree,” said Ashley Botelho, Emerald Coast Toys for Tots coordinator. "We’re working hard, but we need a Christmas miracle!”

The major age groups that are underrepresented are girls 9-12 and boys 13-16. Possible gift ideas for these age groups would be board games, sports equipment, art supplies, watches and headphones. To make a donation visit http://bit.ly/Toys4Tots_donate or come by one the many events.

Friday, December 11

• Tops'l Tennis Tournament from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

• Coyote Ugly at 8:30 p.m.

• Louis Louis in South Walton at 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 12

• Destin - Christmas Parade

• Chick-Fil-A in Destin from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Chick-Fil-A in Niceville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Walmart in Fort Walton Beach from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Walmart in Destin from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Walmart in Niceville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Walmart in South Walton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

• Northlight Marina from 2-8 p.m.

• Build-a-Bear from 2-6 p.m.

Sunday, December 13

• Walmart Niceville from 12-5 p.m.

• Walmart Destin from 12-5 p.m.

Saturday, December 19

• Walmart — Niceville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Walmart — Fort Walton Beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Walmart — South Walton from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Walmart —  Destin from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Bass Pro Shops  from 12-4 p.m.

Sunday, December 20

• Build-a-Bear from 12-4 p.m.

• Walmart Destin from 12-5 p.m.

• Walmart Niceville from 12-5 p.m.