HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some people in our area are lending a helping hand to a lot of less fortunate children who are getting ready for another school year. The folks at Christian Services hosted an annual back-to-school rally Saturday morning at their center on E. 2nd Street.
It featured some motivational programs for both kids and parents. The youngsters were then given sack lunches and gift bags filled with school supplies.
"Our objective today is first of all, we want to point the kids to God, even when it comes to education, we want them to still understand that Jesus is still the way, in the schools," said Elaine Hartfield, director of outreach and ministry development for Christian Services, Inc. "Also, we have some (gifts) for the parents. We want them to know that we appreciate them," Hartfield said.
"You know, some parents aren't able...and they really do need help, so it's a blessing too, and I just thank them," said Priscilla Walker, a parent who attended the rally.
"(The children) got papers, pencils and they've got some of everything today and they really will enjoy it," said Jessie Holmes, who brought two children to the event.
Several local volunteers also helped with today's rally.