HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Salvation Army has taken to Turtle Creek Mall in support of local families in need.
The community came out to hear the Sacred Heart Pre-Kindergarten students sing and to witness a ribbon cutting Friday, all officially opening the Christmas season for the Salvation Army. This also marks the commencement of the angel tree program. Angels lining the tree contain information about a child in need, including a list of desired Christmas gifts. People can take one of these angels and then go shopping for the child. Officials with the Salvation Army hope that despite the tough times, people will come out and show their support.
Corp Officer of the Hattiesburg Salvation Army, Captain Andy Gillial, says there are well over 1,200 children this year that might not have a Christmas if they don't receive help from the public. He hopes the kindness and generosity of the people of Hattiesburg, Petal, and the surrounding areas to give them a hand and raise the funds that they need.
This program will continue into December. The Salvation Army will also be starting the red kettle fundraiser. They will be located at different locations across town and monies collected will go towards their year-around ministries.