EDITOR'S DESK: Count your blessings (instead of gifts)

Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM.

Crestview Amvets Post 35 members are delivering free Christmas feasts to needy North Okaloosa families. (I'm writing this on Saturday, before official numbers are in, but if Thanksgiving's deliveries are an indication, they could be helping more than 200 families.)

Justice Livingston, a local 10-year-old, spearheaded an effort to provide toys for more than 40 families this Christmas. (See "Cops for Kids drive benefits 40-plus families," Page A1.)

Baker student Railey Conner denied herself birthday presents Dec. 15 and collected toiletries and other household staples for North Okaloosa nursing homes.

Chesser & Bar Attorneys, with Crestview and Shalimar offices, raised enough money to provide gift cards for nearly 40 teenagers across Crestview and Fort Walton Beach.

Nathan Boyles' Crestview law office and title company delivered more than 65 bags of useful items to Crestview Manor residents.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Gordon Martial Arts and the News Bulletin served as official collection sites for Sharing and Caring's Crestview office.

And I know this list is just the tip of a generous Northwest Florida iceberg that includes area churches doubling as cold-weather shelters and soup kitchens.

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