Hattiesburg police, firefighters take needy kids on Christmas sh - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Hattiesburg police, firefighters take needy kids on Christmas shopping sprees

Chad Young, a motor officer with Hattiesburg Police Department, retrieves a gift card for a child during the 5th annual "Christmas with Kids for Santa" at the Walmart on Highway 98 Thursday night. Photo credit WDAM. Chad Young, a motor officer with Hattiesburg Police Department, retrieves a gift card for a child during the 5th annual "Christmas with Kids for Santa" at the Walmart on Highway 98 Thursday night. Photo credit WDAM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg police officers and firefighters joined with other emergency responders to take underprivileged children on a Christmas shopping spree.    

They gathered at the Walmart on Highway 98 for the 5th annual, "Christmas with Kids for Santa."

Children were given gift cards by the store and were allowed to buy toys, games or anything else they wanted.

A first responder accompanied each child.   

"The humbling thing about it is most of these kids, they get stuff for their siblings and their parents, stuff like that," said Chad Young, a motor officer with the Hattiesburg Police Department. "So, I think that's rewarding to see how these kids are not selfish and want to do for others."     

"It's something great to give back to the young kids in the community," said Paul Presley, chief of the Hattiesburg Fire Department. "Some kids can afford toys and stuff like that, the parents can afford the toys, so it's good for Walmart to do this, too." 

More than 30 children were part of the event. 

Copyright 2016 WDAM. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Council approves pay increase for HPD dispatchers

    Council approves pay increase for HPD dispatchers

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:00 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:00:59 GMT
    The Hattiesburg City Council voted to give dispatchers in Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. (Photo source: WDAM)The Hattiesburg City Council voted to give dispatchers in Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. (Photo source: WDAM)

    WDAM cameras inside council chambers Tuesday night as the Hattiesburg City Council cast their votes. The council voted yes, to giving dispatchers within the Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. Councilman Carter Carroll said, "Dispatcher is a very important position and it needs to be someone with experience." Right now, the Hattiesburg Police Department has an extremely high turnover rate in that spe...

    More >>

    WDAM cameras inside council chambers Tuesday night as the Hattiesburg City Council cast their votes. The council voted yes, to giving dispatchers within the Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. Councilman Carter Carroll said, "Dispatcher is a very important position and it needs to be someone with experience." Right now, the Hattiesburg Police Department has an extremely high turnover rate in that spe...

    More >>
  • Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

    Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

  • Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

    Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:43 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:43:33 GMT
    Lumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAMLumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAM
    Lumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAMLumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAM

    Currently, Lumberton High School senior safety C.K. Bowens acts as a de facto coach-on-the-field for Coach Zach Jones’ defense. And if Jones’ has his way, Bowens will become a coach on his staff some day in the future. “Somebody’s fired,” Jones said only half-kidding. “He has a job because I would hire him in a minute. He just has a way of getting his point across and people listen. He’s just a natural leader.”

    More >>

    Currently, Lumberton High School senior safety C.K. Bowens acts as a de facto coach-on-the-field for Coach Zach Jones’ defense. And if Jones’ has his way, Bowens will become a coach on his staff some day in the future. “Somebody’s fired,” Jones said only half-kidding. “He has a job because I would hire him in a minute. He just has a way of getting his point across and people listen. He’s just a natural leader.”

    More >>
Powered by Frankly