Giving back

Holley Navarre Fire feeds the hungry

Holley Navarre Fire feeds the hungry

Holley Navarre Fire Department made sure families would not be going hungry this Thanksgiving as part of their annual meal purchase. Firefighter Dan Davidson said Holley Navarre Fire has been providing meals for families in need on Thanksgiving continuously since 2008 when the department became full-time, paid. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 […]

Raising empathy: ‘tis the season for giving

Raising empathy: ‘tis the season for giving

While many children will be making lists to send off to Santa Claus asking for things they want for Christmas, the season can also be a time of giving, no matter the age, said St. Paul United Methodist Church Pastor Christina Shaver. Shaver said her 2-year-old son, James, is in the “mine” phase. “Everything he […]

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Passes, runs, touchdowns and tackles aren’t the order of the day for a group of Navarre football players inside a kindergarten classroom on a Thursday afternoon. Nope. It is apples. And players in Cassie Nolan’s room at Holley-Navarre Primary sit at tables to work with enthusiastic students on various activities using the fruit. One of […]

Raiders shine off the field as well as on it

Raiders shine off the field as well as on it

Navarre’s football team hit the beach last week but it had nothing to do with surfing, swimming or even a game of flag football on the sand. The Raiders were instead out at Navarre Beach for their annual beach clean-up day. Read the full article in the June 8 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online […]

Volunteers make huge impact in lives of seniors

Volunteers make huge impact in lives of seniors

Tricia Dixon has only been the volunteer program manager for the Council on Aging of West Florida for six months and it’s safe to say she has stayed busy. After all, it’s no easy task coordinating more than 300 volunteers who fill a crucial need for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Read […]

RED Day brings community curb appeal

RED Day brings community curb appeal

The Keller Williams Dream Team in Navarre is seeking applications to find two needy families to benefit from the realty company’s RED Day event to help spruce up neighborhoods. RED stands for renew, energize and donate. On May 11, Keller Williams offices across the country will close for a day as employees don red shirts […]

Free health care clinic serves hundreds of residents

Free health care clinic serves hundreds of residents

While temperatures fell low enough to open cold weather shelters, residents in and around Santa Rosa County bundled up to wait outside Milton High School Friday night and into the wee hours of Saturday morning. They were in line to get one of 628 tickets passed out during a Gulf Coast Remote Area Medical (RAM) […]

Crop Drop feeds body and soul

Crop Drop feeds body and soul

Volunteers with Navarre First Assembly of God handed out more than 28,000 pounds of produce and 35 turkeys with all the fixings Monday, Nov. 20, during the church’s seventh annual Crop Drop. People from all walks of life, poor or rich, unemployed or gainfully employed, were invited to take grocery bags loaded down with farm […]

Caring and Sharing feeds a community

Caring and Sharing feeds a community

What began as a one-family mission to bring toys to local children for Christmas has grown into an organization that serves more than 200 families over the holiday season.  Caring and Sharing first began when the Holley-Navarre Fire Station collected toys for local children for Christmas.  At the time, Don VanDerryt was the newly appointed […]

Stitched for bravery

Stitched for bravery

The Santa Rosa Quilters Guild, working with Quilts of Valor, presented Holley-Navarre Fire District firefighters with 15 hand-stitched quilts Thursday, Oct. 13 as a thank you for their sacrifices. They also gave a quilt to veteran John Hershel McDarris Jr. Fire Chief Ron Norton was surprised with a special quilt made from T-shirts he had […]

Ode to Volunteers: Giving back is where it’s at

Ode to Volunteers: Giving back is where it’s at

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. “ Erma Bombeck She’s standing next to you in the grocery aisle. He’s parked behind you at the gas pump. She may have helped you at the Good Neighbor […]

Sumrall serves up energy with meals

Sumrall serves up energy with meals

Carolyn Sumrall is a familiar face at the Holley Navarre Senior Center. She can be found inside the center most of the week serving up hot meals to senior citizens, who attend the daily lunches to have a good meal and socialize with others. Sumrall is a site manager with the Council on Aging of […]

Community Life Church launches with a mission

Community Life Church launches with a mission

Community Life United Methodist Church, once known as the Soundside Campus of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, now stands on its own as a new church serving both Navarre and Gulf Breeze communities. “We are very grateful for the hearts of the people at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church for their willingness to allow us […]

Navarre ROTC unit makes a difference

Navarre ROTC unit makes a difference

The Navarre High School Junior ROTC made a major donation to the Relay for Life committee April 27, handing a check over for $10,000 that will help in the fight against cancer. Kelly Fijalkowski, the event coordinator for Relay for Life, and Diane Maldonado, the senior market manager for the American Cancer Society, accepted the […]

Giving families a Fresh Start

Giving families a Fresh Start

Setting the standard for giving a hand up instead of a hand out, Fresh Start for Children and Families in Fort Walton Beach is changing lives nine families at a time.  The program provides transitional housing for families where mom or dad are gainfully employed or employable and remain drug and alcohol free for the […]

Cold Weather Shelter Remains Open for Thursday Night in Milton

Cold Weather Shelter Remains Open for Thursday Night in Milton

A cold weather shelter for the homeless or heatless will be open Thursday, Jan. 28 at Ferris Hill Baptist Church, 6848 Chaffin St. in Milton. Those who would like to stay at the shelter must arrive between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. No one will be admitted after 8:30 p.m. unless brought in by law enforcement. […]

HNIS students help brighten the Christmas of area families

HNIS students help brighten the Christmas of area families

Students at Holley-Navarre Intermediate School lined up with gifts in their hands and smiles on their faces as they waited their turn to donate presents to a good cause Thursday morning. Holley Navarre Assembly of God Pastor Doug Barber and members of his church arrived in a delivery truck to collect the gifts, filling up […]

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Local organization Caring and Sharing is leading the way this holiday season to collect food and toys for those in need in our community. “Christmas joy is our goal for our clients,” Ann Thompson, president of Caring and Sharing said. “This year we have 183 families, totaling 710 persons, (317 adults, 119 teens, 234 children […]

Herrera family gets holiday surprise

Herrera family gets holiday surprise

When the Herrera family pulled into the driveway of their Navarre home late Monday afternoon, they were greeted by a surprise that brightened their holiday spirits. Thanks to Christmas Décor franchisee Venus Parton, the Herrera’s home was decorated with lights, garland and bows. “It’s amazing. We’ve never had anyone do this for us before,” Naomi […]

Anderson enjoys chance to give back to community

Anderson enjoys chance to give back to community

Kamber Anderson won’t get a chance to play softball this season for Pensacola State College. A back injury has sidelined the former Navarre standout for the year. But Anderson, a freshman, is still in a position to make a difference as a student-athlete. She and her Pirate teammates have spent the fall doing community service […]

Saints Recovery helps homeless in Navarre

Saints Recovery helps homeless in Navarre

Jeff Davis was working in the kitchen of a church when he thought about helping those in need in the Navarre area. “There was always all of this food left over after we fed everyone and I thought, ‘Man, this is crazy. There are so many people that could use this food,’ ” Davis said. […]