Local Film Maker Hosts Homeless Benefit Concert

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WALTON COUNTY - As we begin battling temperatures colder than 32 degrees those without roofs are struggling to survive the winter nights.

The homeless epidemic in the panhandle is growing larger every day.

"People in this area aren't really aware that we have an issue with homelessness," Helen "Redd" Vizard, Redd's Fueling Station Owner.

"1,600 and some homeless people between Okaloosa and Walton county," said Tami Reinhart, Organizer.

Local film maker, Tim Carr, heard their cries for help and jumped into action, producing a documentary on the depth of our homeless problem.

Knowing he could do more, Carr asked for the help of business owners in 30A and Fort Walton Beach.

Reinhart said, "I had no idea how large the problem really is. As soon as people became aware they wanted to do something."

Redd's Fueling Station, Luxe Sports Bar and Grill, Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet, Charles Johnson Gallery and Beal Street Bottle Club are opening their doors to donations.

Organizers are looking for more blankets, sweaters, jacket, socks and long johns.

Redd's Fueling Station in 30A is taking it a step further; offering anyone who donates 20% off their bill.

A benefit concert is happening Tuesday night from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Beal Street Bottle Club in Fort Walton Beach.

The event is free and open to the public.

Donations will be accepted at the door.