HATTIESBURG, MS - It was a night of festivities as the Pine Belt hit the streets to watch the Christmas parade and tree lighting in Downtown Hattiesburg, but one of the floats threw out power instead of candy. The William Carey University float promoted literacy for Mississippi kids.
Not cases of candy but boxes of books lined the inside of the William Carey float during the Christmas parade.
Knowledge is power, and that is what volunteers of the university handed out to children lining the downtown streets.
"I know they love candy, but a book is something they can use over and over again." Brown said.
The university's goal was promoting literacy for children of all age groups. Their eager hands reached for the books.
"They see us coming, and they see the books in our hands. it makes me feel good. It's my favorite part about Christmas," Liverett said.
"I am thrill beyond words. It's so exciting to see their faces light up and the children just grabbing for a book," Smith said.
Those representing William Carey passed out a thousand books hoping the pages lead the children to many chapters of literacy and success.