HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of runners and walkers gathered Saturday morning to raise money for the Hattiesburg Salvation Army, just one day after thousands of dollars in donations and Christmas gifts were stolen from that organization.
A 5K fundraising event on the Longleaf Trace was hosted by Diva Timing and Soccer Locker.
It was actually planned months before a break-in at the Salvation Army on Thursday that resulted in the theft of several red kettles, backpacks and Angel Tree gifts.
"We're hoping that we can make enough today to repurchase the kettles and also, help with the community with what they were going to use those funds for," said Audrey Jackson, race organizer.
"We had several people reach out to us yesterday just wanting to help us recover what was lost," said Lt. Stacey Connelly, corps officer for the Hattiesburg Salvation Army. "We look forward to seeing how (the Hattiesburg community) will pull together and benefit the Army."
About one hundred people came out Saturday to help replace what was stolen from the Salvation Army.