No child’s stocking should go unfilled this holiday season and with so much devastation and disaster surrounding us, a group wants make sure everyone has a Christmas on the coast.
There are 121 families that are being adopted by the folks at Christmas on the Coast. These families lost nearly everything in the storm but, with a little bit of help and some Christmas magic, each of the families will not be forgotten this holiday season.”
“We worked with a lot of these families already. We reached out to addresses and people we already know and made contact with,” shared Kyle Swift, Christmas For the Coast, Founder.
After a list was started, Swift called other nonprofits and said, “Hey, let’s team up and make this thing bigger!”
“The morning after the storm, my husband Kevin went out to check on some of his employees and their homes and he came back he was white as a a sheet. He said it’s horrible and we have to do something. We just knew immediately,” shared Susan Engle, Bay County Strong, Founder.
They have about 80 percent of the families cover. Residents in the unaffected communities can help by selecting a name off the tree and help sponsor a families in need.
“We are down to 35 families that need to be sponsored,” said Swift.
Christmas for the Coast is collecting toys, socks, clothes and monetary donations.
One of the drop off locations is right here at Paradis in Rosemary beach. All you have to do is drop off an unwrapped gift and they will handle the rest.
“We’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of families who have very specific needs like children’s clothing, a tent because their homeless, a generator etc,” explained Engle.
On December 23, they will secretly deliver all the gifts to the families.
“I think it’s going to bring some smiles to their faces and just a day of maybe for a few hours just to kind of you know, remember and know what Christmas is all about,” shared Catellier.
If you have the holiday spirit and want to help out, on Saturday at Idyll Hounds Brewery from 12-4 P.M. bring a donation of wrapping paper, new socks and new underwear and you’ll get a free beer and sand which.