Lamar Co. kids, retailer host annual holiday food drive

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of children from two Lamar County elementary schools and the folks at Ashley Furniture Homestore have teamed up this holiday season on a canned food drive for a local charity.

The children have decorated a half dozen Christmas trees at the store and are asking people to come out and place canned goods under them to support the Homes of Hope for Children.

Organizers hope to they can get more than 1,800 cans of food.

The classes that receive the most donations will win a pizza party.

Donations are being accepted through Dec. 17.

This is the 8th year the schools and the retailer have worked together to assist the charity.