How to restore the gift of giving
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How to restore the gift of giving

Tom Purcell Here’s an unpleasant holiday statistic: average Americans are giving significantly less to their favorite charities this year than they did just four or five years ago. Average Americans have long been among the most generous people on Earth. But this year, thanks to an economy disrupted by COVID, soaring interest rates and three…

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Donations needed for senior citizen Christmas gift program

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Gifts are needed for a local Adopt a Grandparent program, which distributes Christmas gifts to senior citizens in a Bonifay assisted living facility (ALF). Jessica Green and her sister started the program several years ago for the local area. She works to gather gifts “as much as possible” throughout the year.  The Bonifay facility…

Florida Power & Light Company’s cake auction delivers sweet success: $20K for Bay County nonprofits
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Florida Power & Light Company’s cake auction delivers sweet success: $20K for Bay County nonprofits

  Special to Holmes County Advertiser The big picture: Florida Power & Light Plant Smith’s famous cake auction whipped up a whole lot of dough to the tune of $20,000, surpassing last year’s record total of $18,000. How they did it: The Panama City-based power generation team had the winning recipe to whip up stiff…

Empty Stocking Fund reaches 40th anniversary
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Empty Stocking Fund reaches 40th anniversary

  One of the Panhandle’s signature fundraisers is having a 40th anniversary this year. The Salvation Army’s Empty Stocking Fund-based in Panama City-officially begins soon. ‘Every dollar raised brings food, housing and other important services to those who need it most,’ a news release said. ‘The Panama City Corps Office serves six counties across the …

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Marianna doctor wants to give away hearing aids to someone in need

  Dr. Larry Otwell wants to do good for others as Christmas comes near, so he’s looking to give away a set of hearing aids or two. Otwell has a practice in Marianna and is prepared to give the hearing aids to people who can’t afford them. Anyone in need of hearing aids without the…

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Westville Head Start collects winter coats for in-need children

  The Head Start Center in Westville is organizing a coat drive for children in need and is asking community members to donate. Family Coordinator Megan Lindsey and Stephanie Ray Combee, specifically, are spearheading gathering collections before the weather gets cold. ‘Many families are dealing with financial struggles with the economy the way that it…