Thanksgiving Day is a time to celebrate gratitude for everything we have in life. It’s a day for celebrating family, friends, material possessions and the emotional support that gets us through life. However, unfortunately so many of us get so caught up in our own daily lives, that we forget how many other people in the world don’t have the simple things in life that we may take for granted each day. Whether their unfortunate circumstance resulted from a natural disaster or poor economy, there are millions of people across America that can use some help during the holiday season.
Fortunately the U.S. takes pride in helping people in need from one end of the country to the other. No matter what state you live in, you are sure to find some sort of organization dedicated to helping people forced to live without the basic necessities. These different types of helpful institutions can be anything from non-profits, churches and business corporations who donate their time to help people in need. Below are a few organizations that help people around the Destin, FL area.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross helps families and communities all over the world. They assist with disaster relief, providing food, shelter and emotional support. It doesn’t matter how severe or ornate the issue, they help with disasters as big as earthquakes that affect millions to hurricanes that affect thousands and home fires that might only impact a single family. They support military families by helping them cope and respond to the many challenges that go along with military service. This includes assisting in the support and training to our wounded veterans and helping them access community resources. In addition, the Red Cross has helped supply more than 40 percent of America’s emergency blood supply.
(The closest Red Cross Center to Destin, FL)
- 2018 Lewis Turner Blvd
- Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
- (850) 314 -0316
Habitat for Humanity
The Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to make sure everyone has a decent, affordable, and safe place to live. With the help of volunteer labor they are able to build and repair homes all over the world. Their affiliation with numerous organizations and partners in the United States has allowed them to repair or build over 600,000 homes. They take extreme pride in their convictions that follow the teachings of Christianity. They believe showing love is not only in words, but also in action.
- 99 Eglin Pkwy
- Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
- (850) 315-0025
Meals on Wheels
Currently there are over 5,000 programs for senior nutrition in the United States. Together these programs have provided over 1 million meals to seniors in need every day. Some deliver meals straight to the home of the senior who may have limited transportation, while others meet up and serve meals at senior community centers. Their goal is to make sure senior citizens in need are provided with the food and nutrition needed to remain healthy.
- Destin Community Center/Senior Headquarters
- Destin, FL 32541
- (850) 685-5310