How many ways are we thankful? Instead of counting the ways and posting that list to social media this November (not that there’s anything wrong with that), we’d rather showcase some of the most impacting and inspiring ways to come together and to make our South Walton Beach community a better place this holiday season.

Partake in the Harvest to Bring Harvest

November is a time for giving thanks, so it makes sense that the Destin Charity Wine & Food Auction’s new fundraiser, the Harvest Wine & Food Festival will take place November 2-5 in WaterColor. Experience some of the world’s finest wines and culinary selections while raising resources to support Northwest Florida children in need including organizations like Emerald Coast Autism Center, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Opportunity Place, and others.

Head Out Back to the Hibiscus Café for a Generous Brunch

Sunday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is Brunch in the Backyard of Love at Grayton Beach’s Hibiscus Café. The restaurant’s featured charity for the November 5 brunch is Path of Grace, an organization dedicated to helping women fight their addictions. The 24-month program has a 100% success rate and is one to support. The November 12 featured charity is H.E.A.R.T. Animal Rescue Inc.

See Red for Seaside School Children

Deemed one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals” the 27th Annual Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival will take place from November 9-12. Experience the best of Seaside’s resplendent restaurants, the culinary artistry of James Beard finalist Chef Ryan Smith, and –of course—a resplendent pairing of wines. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit the Seaside Neighborhood School and the Seaside Institute.

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Race to Give Back on Thanksgiving Day

The 6th Annual 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day race at Rosemary Beach has added a 5K and includes a 1-mile fun-run. Considered by Southern Living Magazine and Active.com to be one of the top 10 Thanksgiving Day races in American, this nonprofit event raises funds for Bay, Walton, and Okaloosa Country charities. To date, the organization has raised over $200,000 to benefit area families and children. The event features three days of fun starting on Wednesday, November 22 and culminating on Friday, November 24, so trot your turkey to Rosemary Beach for the fun.

Donate to Toys for Tots to Help Children in Crisis

Starting Friday, November 29, Emerald Coast Toys for Tots will convene at the Niceville and Destin Wal-Mart stores for a toy drive. At 10 a.m. on November 29 (AKA, Black Friday), the first Black Friday @ the Beach will take place on The Boardwalk at 1450 Miracle Strip Parkway. Enjoy great food, a gorgeous view, and the opportunity to make the holidays magical for children in need.

Shop on Amazon to Make a Pathway for Change

As you probably know, AmazonSmile is a charitable program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases toward an organization of your choice. Pathways for Change is an organization that helps families and victims of addiction and is one of our local charities that you can help with your eligible Amazon holiday shopping.

Give Food for Thought a Thought

On 30A, we have a lot to be thankful for. Food for Thought is one of South Walton County’s most valuable resources for providing food and other resources to area families that would otherwise go with out. As you get ready to set your Thanksgiving table with a generous bounty and to say thanks for all that you have, remember those who do not and give Food for Thought a second (or third) thought this November.


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The Storyteller Agency wants to make the world a better place one community at a time. Get in on showing your gratitude this season by giving back through these and other South Walton County organizations, and, as always, #dogoodthings.

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