OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - It's the time of the year when we are asked to look deep into our hearts to help those in need. The Ocean Springs High School Choir helped kick off this year's Salvation Army Kettle drive in front of Walmart Friday.
Salvation Army officials say so far they've received requests to provide Christmas presents for 6,000 children, along with meals for the families. Officials say the money slipped into the kettles help with more than holiday needs.
"This is much more than that," Major Allan Hill said. "This is emergency shelter. This is paying utility assistance. Helping the family with day to day needs as they come into our offices throughout the year."
Salvation Army officials say they are grateful to the 30 plus area businesses who have allowed them to set up kettles there.