Christmas – A Time to Help Children In Need


There are many families in our area in economic distress. So, ECCAC will again be implementing two holiday initiatives:

ECCAC’s annual Adopt-a-Family program:
The non-profit organization is seeking donors who will purchase gifts for individual families who have been identified by the Center. Sign up to Adopt-a-Family online at, or contact Angie Harder at, (850) 833-9237, Ext. 253, to make arrangements. Then shop for the family and bring unwrapped gifts, and Christmas wrapping paper for the gifts by December 16, or sooner, to the Niceville or DeFuniak Springs centers. Or, make a 2020 year-end tax deductible donation to ECCAC.

The second initiative is for donors, such as individuals, schools, organizations and churches, to buy a gift(s) for children and teens aged 0 to 18. Any and all gifts are welcomed. Gift suggestions are Christmas DVDs and story books, puzzles, toys, stuffed animals, board games and toys of all varieties. Because of the pandemic impact, instead of having a Christmas party at the Centers for kids as usual, ECCAC will be organizing drive-throughs at both Centers in December. Bring unwrapped gifts and Christmas wrapping paper by December 1st to either of the Centers in Niceville or DeFuniak Springs. Or, for those donors living in the Destin area, gifts can be brought to Amazing Lash Studio, 34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy in Destin. The Studio is located in the Shoppes at Paradise Isle, in the section by Johnny O’Quigley’s Ale House in the Best Buy shopping center across from Destin Commons on Highway 98. Also, ECCAC would like to have medium sized Christmas gift bags to go along with the gifts.

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