Petal Children's Task Force helps families for Christmas By Charles Herrington | December 20, 2011 at 4:58 PM CST - Updated June 26 at 3:52 AM PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of Petal families will have a Merry Christmas this year, thanks to an organization which has been helping families in need for nearly 25 years. More than 100 families, including more than 270 children, received toys and food bags Tuesday from the staff and volunteers at the Petal Children's Task Force. Since 1989, that organization has assisted low-income families at Christmas and Thanksgiving. The task force also helps with other needs during the year. Copyright 2011 WDAM. All rights reserved.