HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mississippians went online or went to a local charity Saturday to help those in need during the first statewide Day of Giving.
It was established in a proclamation recently by Governor Phil Bryant.
It encouraged residents to support their favorite non-profit organization, either financially or by volunteering in-person.
Some members of Hattiesburg's Heritage United Methodist Church did some much-needed volunteer work at the Edward Street Fellowship Center's Thrift Store, as part of the Day of Giving.
"Everything we do here benefits the food pantry mission of Edwards Street," said Katherine Boone, a volunteer from Heritage United Methodist Church. "So, it looks like we're sorting clothes, but really, we're helping families put food on the table."
"It's important for me to teach my children to serve and to give back," said Marcus Galt, Sr., who volunteered with his family at the thrift store. "And so it was no question, when the opportunity was afforded us, we came."
"I feel very good about it, it's actually really an awesome experience," said Galt's son, Marcus Galt, Jr.
"We are so grateful just to have them come by and help us," said Samantha Wells, an employee at the thrift store. "It actually gives us more time to focus on our customers."
More than 700 non-profits in the state were set to benefit from the Day of Giving.