Each year, children look forward to waking up and unwrapping presents from Santa, and The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing the perfect Christmas morning to as many children and families in need as possible.
Community Christmas, also known as Santa Patrol, began in the 1970’s, collecting toys, clothing, school supplies and other donations for children in underprivileged homes. Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks must be made out to Let The Green Be Seen with “Santa Patrol” in the memo section of the check. Members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and other volunteers within the community use the donated money to purchase more toys and supplies for the children to open for Christmas. Donations are collected at the Sheriff’s Office located at 752 Triple G Road in Defuniak Springs, Florida, as well as the South Walton Substation at 133 Sheriff Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
In order to better reach children and families in need during the holiday season, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office recently teamed up with the Matrix Community Outreach Center. Santa Patrol is funded by residents and local businesses within Walton County. Santa Patrol is partnered with the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, First Baptist Church of Defuniak Springs and the First United Methodist Church of Defuniak Springs.
Applications for toys and supplies for families in need can be found at the Matrix Community Outreach Center located at 37 N. 9th Street in Defuniak Springs, Florida.
For more information about Community Christmas, please call (850) 307-8100.