Toys for Tots

Donations in limbo amid financial probe

Donations in limbo amid financial probe

In the wake of being expelled from its certifying parent group in Virginia, the embattled Milton-based United Way of Santa Rosa is trying to regroup while contributors look for answers and consider alternatives for charitable deductions from employee paychecks. “The board will have to decide whether we appeal the decertification, or try to continue operations […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. WHY US DEFENSE SECRETARY MATTIS STEPPED DOWN Jim Mattis resigned after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America’s role in the world. 2. TRUMP’S DEMAND FOR WALL PUSHES GOV’T CLOSER TO SHUTDOWN The federal government was careening toward […]

Friends of Bear to donate 300 bicycles

Friends of Bear to donate 300 bicycles

On Nov. 25, volunteers descended on Tiger Point Walmart to spend more than $1,500 on toys and bicycles for children in need this Christmas. The band of volunteers are known as the Friends of Bear Inc., a nonprofit that supports Santa Rosa and Escambia counties’ Toys for Tots. Read the full article in the Dec. […]

United Way seeks relevancy during holidays

United Way seeks relevancy during holidays

The embattled United Way of Santa Rosa is open for business, though not quite as usual. But the charity isn’t open to questions about the month-old federal probe into its finances or the circumstances that prompted the seizure of documents by investigators and the firing of three paid officials at the Milton office. Read the […]

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 […]