LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Salvation Army of Laurel kicked off the Christmas season with a ribbon cutting on Friday.
With the help of Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee and other officials, The Salvation Army began its 2013 Angel Tree and Red Kettle program at Sawmill Square Mall.
The charity says the Angel Tree program helps 740 underprivileged children in the pine belt celebrate Christmas with gifts they wouldn't otherwise receive.
"This year we have about three hundred and fifty families that we'll be helping and that's about seven hundred and fifty children," said The Salvation Army of Laurel Lieutenant Stacey Connelly. "It's comprised of children from Wayne and Clarke County, Smith and Simpson County, and Jones and Jasper County."
The first adoption came from Howard Industries. The company adopted a total of 150 angels.