Warm Hearts, Full Tummies

Warm Hearts Full Tummies

When the cold weather hits and holidays are right around the corner, Emerging Leaders launches their annual collection drive. Formerly known as Coats for Kids, Warm Hearts, Full Tummies provides a warmer holiday for families across Okaloosa and Walton counties by ensuring that every child has a winter coat, and every family has a meal on the table. This year we have partnered with Catholic Charities of NWFL and The Salvation Army of Okaloosa and Walton Counties to support the families serviced by their Angel Tree Program.  


Shelf-Stable Holiday Meal Items

  • Stuffing

  • Boxed Macaroni & Cheese

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Canned Sweet Potatoes

  • Cranberry Sauce

  • Boxed Potatoes

  • Gravy

New Coats & Jackets

  • Child sizes, gender-neutral styles preferred

Okaloosa Gas

Get Involved!

  • Host a Collection Site: UWEC will provide a collection box for you to decorate and display to collect coats & food for local children & families.
  • Adopt a Family: Provide a $20 grocery gift card for families to purchase perishable ingredients for their holiday meal (meat, eggs, milk, etc.)
  • Shop the Amazon Wishlist: If you can't make it to a collection site, purchase a few items from our Amazon Wishlist and it will be delivered to the United Way office.

WHFT Volunteer


Are you an Emerging Leader and would like to volunteer? Join our Emerging Leaders young professional group to assemble the holiday meal kits that will be distributed to each family. Event details and registration are listed below.

Wednesday, December 15 | 4:30-6pm

3rd Planet Brewing - Greenhouse

The Salvation Army also has volunteer opportunities available now through December 16. Register below to receive updates & full details.

  • Angel Tree Packing - Now-Dec. 15: Sort & stage Angel Tree gifts at The Salvation Army (425 Mary Esther Cutoff, Fort Walton Beach, FL.)
  • Angel Tree Distribution - December 16, 7am-2pm: Distribute gifts, coats, and meal kits to families.

Contact Brittnee Orr with questions.

Collection Sites

Okaloosa County

  • Okaloosa County Health Department (810 E James Lee Blvd, Crestview, FL 32539)
  • Eglin Air Force Base
  • Hurlburt Field
  • BancorpSouth (32 Beal Pkwy NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548)
  • United Fidelity Bank (135 Perry Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548)
  • Twin Cities Hospital (2190 FL-85 N, Niceville, FL 32578)
  • Early Learning Coalition (1130 Eglin Pkwy, Shalimar, FL 32579)
  • Bob Hope Village (30 Holly Ave, Shalimar, FL 32579)

Walton County

  • Walton County Coastal Branch Library (437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459)
  • Life Enrichment Senior Center (312 College Ave, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435)
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast (555 Walton Rd, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433)

View all collection sites on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/kLn4io2c8psE1Z5j7

Count me in!
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