Salvation Army helps thousands celebrate Christmas

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - This Christmas season, the Hattiesburg Salvation Army has helped over two thousand area children have a happy holiday.

This week the organization distributed toys, purchased through their Angel Tree program, to more than twelve hundred families. Among the toys were over 200 bikes members of the public bought for needy kids.

Officials said due to the economy, they have seen many new faces asking for Christmas assistance this year. Monday was the Salvation Army's big day to give out toys, but for those who could not come that day, toy packages are still available for pick up this week.

Recently, the Salvation Army made a successful plea for assistance to help out additional children in need. Katie Tate is the Salvation Army's Development Director.

According to Tate, "Well we had a little over 800 hundred children that were not adopted and then as soon as we got that out to the media and to the community we had tons of people coming and saying how could they help."

The Salvation Army also distributed 400 food boxes so families in need could have a Christmas meal.

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