MILITARY WELCOME CENTER

The Military Welcome Center at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is looking for volunteers to meet and greet current or former military members traveling through the airport. Volunteers act as hosts offering military visitors a comfortable place to relax and refresh. The MWC is totally funded by donations and is not associated in any way with the United Service Organizations (USO). To find out more, call volunteer coordinator Carol Hertz at 850-265-1270.

FAMILY SERVICE AGENCY

Family Service Agency of Bay County is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity located at 114 E. Ninth St., Panama City. Clients do not pay for any items or services, and donations are tax-deductible. All donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 850-785-1721 or email FamilyServiceAgencyPC@gmail.com for more details. On Facebook, search Family Service Agency of Bay County. The website is FamilyServiceAgencyPC.org.

FOOD ROOM: In need of small cans of beanie weenies and vienna sausages, individual boxed cereals, standard boxes of cereal (not family size as they won’t fit into food boxes), canned green peas (an overabundance of green beans is on hand), saltine crackers, Pop Tarts, small jars of peanut butter, jelly, and instant coffee. Other items needed are snack-size items for homeless backpacks (no applesauce and peanut butter crackers, as there is plenty on hand). Currently overstocked with canned chili, dry and canned beans, and rice.

LINEN ROOM: The program to help people with household items is completely out of twin sheet sets; many single moms, single dads and families with children need twin sheets (as well as elderly and adult single men and women). Additionally, the Medical Program is in dire need of twin extra long sheets for hospital beds.

ENSURE/BOOST and GLUCERNA/BOOST CONTROL: All flavors of Ensure (or Boost) are needed, as well as Glucerna (or Boost Control); FSA is completely out of Glucerna/Boost Control and has a large number of requests for clients who cannot afford it. Generic versions of these are also appreciated.

DIABETIC PROGRAM: Diabetic testing supplies (meters, test strips, alcohol wipes and insulin pen tips) are needed. FSA thanks everyone who donated lancets and standard insulin syringes, as plenty are on hand now; however, FSA is down to the last diabetic testing kit and really needs funds or donations to restock supplies.

ADULT INCONTINENCE PROGRAM: Large/extra-large adult Pull-Ups are needed; an abundance of tape-type diapers is on hand if anyone knows of another agency or individual that can use them. So many clients have had strokes, suffer with Parkinsons, and have other issues that make it very hard or impossible for them to use tape-type diapers and they cannot afford Pull-Ups.

ADULT BIKE PROGRAM: Need bike locks, adult helmets, safety vests and battery-operated safety lights for clients who receive bicycles to get to and from work. It is illegal to ride at night without the safety lights, and FSA has none to give out.

If anyone has any MREs left that they will not be using it has been a huge benefit to the homeless population. They are allowed to take two each per day and FSA has averaged 535 MREs given out per month in the last three months. Thank you to all who have donated them in the past; please spread the word.