COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Covington County School District and Woolwine Ford-Lincoln are teaming up for their annual canned food drive in an effort to support Christian Services in Hattiesburg.
Parents are encouraged to send canned good with their kids to school where there will be a drop off area to put them.
The public is also invited to bring their canned goods by Woolwine Ford-Lincoln in Collins.
The donated food will help feed those who might otherwise not get a good hot meal this holiday season.
Christian Services feeds hundreds of people on a daily basis and the holiday season adds additional needs from their pantries.
In 2015, Woolwine Ford-Lincoln met a goal of 2,000 cans and this year, and that goal has been raised to 5,000 cans. The event runs Nov. 25 through Dec. 14.
Cole Rogers, internet sales manager for Woolwine Ford-Lincoln, said Covington County communities are known for their charitable giving.
"The community around here has always helped each other and Christian Services has been such a good help to the community, they feed so many people on a daily basis, so we're trying to help with them during this holiday season," Rogers said.
Arnetta Crosby, superintendent for the Covington County Schools, said giving is the reason for the season.
"It just fills my heart with the Christmas spirit because, you know, this is the spirit of giving, it's the spirit of the season," Crosby said. "It brings happiness and emotional satisfaction to the soul."
There will be a competition between the Covington County schools to see which school brings in the most canned goods. There will be cash awarded to that school from Woolwine Ford-Lincoln, which will allow the purchase of additional food to donate. There will also be prizes awarded to the student with the highest donations.