For over 25 years, Howard Industries of Laurel has been helping make Christmas a little brighter for some Jones County children who otherwise might not have one.
Howard industries and its employees donated hundreds of bags filled with toys and items destined to a particular boy or girl, picked out by the Salvation Army of Laurel, making sure the gifts go to where they are needed the most and are age and gender appropriate.
The Salvation Army puts together meal boxes each year for families in the area that are in need. The goal is to ensure that all these families will have a Christmas dinner box provided for them.
A generous donation from grocery depot of Laurel helped Howard Industries provide 300 bags of corn meal and 600 boxes of macaroni and cheese to be put in these boxes.
Thanks to the grocery depot's donation, money raised by Howard Industries employees for the food was instead donated directly to the Salvation Army to further help provide for those in need during this holiday season.
Michael Howard, president of Howard Industries Transformer Division, said this was a great way of helping those kids in need.
"In these tough economic times, it's uplifting to know that there's been no shortage of generosity for this year's Angel Tree and canned food drive," Howard said. "There could not be a better way to celebrate the holidays and to help ensure that children and your family have a Merry Christmas."
The Christmas gifts will be handed out Dec. 18 in Laurel.