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Crafty Snowbirds Give Back

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As they have for the last 14 years, the craft group of the Fort Walton Beach Snowbirds Club contributed handcrafted comfort items to local hospitals and nonprofit organizations in the business of offering aid to the sick and underprivileged.


During the 2019 season, 75 crafters crocheted, knitted, sewed or stuffed 1,395 items for cancer, heart and newborn patients; children in crisis; and the homeless.


Beneficiaries included Fort Walton Beach Medical Center; Healthy Start, a group for educating first-time expectant mothers; Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, who provide temporary care for child victims of family crises; Emerald Coast Cancer Center; One Hopeful Place, a homeless outreach program; and those devastated by the tragedy in Mexico Beach.


Heading up this selfless cause is “Miss Organizer” Cyndee Shagena from Bellaire, Michigan, an incredibly energetic lady who originated the group. On behalf of the Fort Walton Beach Snowbirds, she wishes to thank the Islander Beach Resort on Okaloosa Island for providing the room for the group’s weekly meetings every Monday morning for the past 14 years.

– Dave Mannar
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