Midday Guest: Kerry Camille and Kim Pittman with JA Pennington's Night Out

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Today's Midday Guests were Kim Pittman and Kerry Camille Helveston with the JA Pennington's Night Out Program.

Pennington's Night Out is a yearlong service project that provides a night of dinner, entertainment and fun once a month for special needs children and their families at the ARC of South Mississippi. Following dinner this month, the participants will be doing their annual Christmas caroling in the mid-town area in an effort to spread some holiday cheer.

The Arc of Southeast Mississippi (Arc) is a United Way non-profit organization devoted to providing community-based services to individuals with mental challenges and their families. The Arc serves clients from the counties of Lamar, Perry, Marion, Green, Jones, Wayne and Stone. Clients range in age from birth until the individual's death. The scope of disabilities includes: hearing impaired, visually impaired, physically impaired, multi-disabled, mentally disabled, medically fragile and autism. In a fiscal year, approximately 10,000 individuals with some form of disability or members of the community at large are served.

Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg has been volunteering with the ARC for more than ten years. The ARC of South Mississippi is a part of the ARC of Mississippi which was founded in 1961 and is an affiliate of The Arc of the United States, the world's largest grassroots advocacy organization for citizens of all ages with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and their families.