LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel Salvation Army hosted an open house event to raise awareness to its contribution to the community.
The Laurel Salvation Army has served the community for 90 years, and the organization showcased some of those achievements through its Night at the Shelter media event.
“Tonight is to raise awareness about what the Salvation Army is doing to help alleviate the issue of homelessness here in our community,” said Maj. Raymond Pruitt.
Salvation Armys across Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi hosted their own night at the shelter events, inviting local celebrities and civil leaders to join in on the fun.
State Sen. Juan Barnett came to the Laurel location Tuesday to tour the facility and serve meals to those in need.
“It just almost brings me to tears when I can see young children that are here to get a hot meal,” said Barnett. “What they do here, it really means a lot. I know it meant a lot to that child but when you see children that are hungry that can come here and eat its just very special. I’m just glad to be here.”
The Salvation Army has been “Doing the Most Good,” serving people in need for more than 150 years.
Most often associated with thrift stores, red kettles at Christmas and emergency disaster services, The Salvation Army provides a wide variety of programs and services year-round.