By Jeff Daley – email
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - More than three-hundred-fifty people were at the Hattiesburg Train Depot Sunday evening to help raise money to help people who have H-I-V and are homeless.
This is the sixth year for the event which featured food, drink, entertainment, and both a silent and live auction. In past years the event was called 206 front street for 1-2-1 Haven House but with the addition of more sponsors the name was changed to Ribbons of Change.
1-2-1 Haven House is a transitional home for homeless living with H-I-V and aids.
"H-I-V effects every single person. I don't think there is anyone anymore that doesn't know someone who'd been infected by H-I-V or aids," said Kathy Garner, Executive Director, Aids Services Coalition. "And in our particular community H-I-V, our rate of infection in our county is fourth in the state of 82 counties. So it is very pertinent in our area to raise awareness and for the people we work with raise money to assist them."
Ribbons of Change is expected to raise more than $25,000.