Charity Profile: Good Samaritan Center and Junior Auxiliary

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

LAUREL, MS. (WDAM) - The Good Samaritan Center's Soup Kitchen in Laurel feeds two hundred needy people every day. Terrence Crosby prepares the food daily by himself after an assistant was laid off due to a decline in financial contributions.

Although that's not the only issue, the organization also depends on food donations to keep the kitchen operational.

According to Crosby, "If we don't get the donations, I'll have to stop serving meals like I'm serving."

To boost revenues, the Good Samaritan Center opened a thrift store. Regina Prince manages that business and addressed other changes the non-profit has made.

Prince said, "We are on a furlough, we get 32 hours a week. We've had to lay off six employees in the last twelve months."

And they cut their Meals on Wheels program. However, dedicated volunteers do keep the Soup Kitchen running for now. Prince said there's a possibility the kitchen could close if contributions don't pick up.

Another organization, the Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg, is volunteer driven. About a hundred members of the ladies organization work with 25 service projects that help children in need. Sloan Buys is President of the Hattiesburg Chapter.

Buys said, "That is our heart, that's our mission, we are servants to the children."

To fulfill that mission the Junior Auxiliary hosts a single annual fundraiser, a Charity Ball, that takes place November twelfth.

"Last year we raised over 100-thousand dollars, and that's what we are hoping for this year because that is what it takes," said Buys.

Buys said the community has been generous with donations and with support for the ball's silent auction. Members are also working hard to encourage ticket sales.

If you would like to purchase tickets for the Junior Auxiliary's November twelfth Charity Ball at the Lake Terrace Convention Center, log onto 

Additionally, if you would like to support the Good Samaritan Center in Laurel with food or financial donations, just give them a call at 601-426-3963.

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