How to help those in need this holiday season

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas when you see red kettles outside stores. That familiar ringing sound is the Salvation Army's invitation to help them help the needy.

Jackson County Salvation Army Captain Andy Bailey said, "Give to the red kettles to help make someone's Christmas and help make this next year, because the money going into the kettles will help other people all year long."

This year's goal is to collect $205,000 between the six lower counties to support the much needed services the Salvation Army offers.

Area Commander for the Salvation Army Major Gary Sturdivant said, "They see it on a daily basis women, children and men that are at wit's end, 'Where do I go next?' And there is the Salvation Army with a bed, with a hot shower, with a change of clothes."

The non-profit also provides utility assistance, clothes for job interviews and even help with transportation.

"There are so many needs the Salvation Army is meeting on a daily basis and we couldn't do it without the money from that red kettle," Major Sturdivant said.

Another way to give this holiday season is by adopting an angel.

"Could you imagine waking up on Christmas morning and not having a gift? That's the reason we do this," Major Sturdivant said.

There are more than 3,000 angels hanging from trees across South Mississippi this year, and with your help, the Salvation Army hopes to have every one adopted.

"We are the people's organization, so we really need each and every person to give, to buy toys, to pray for us," Major Sturdivant said. "Just help us to make a difference in people's lives that feel like sometimes they have no hope."

Bailey said, "It's a time of giving and receiving at the same time."

Below is a list of locations where you can find an Angel Tree:

Gulfport Premium Outlets
Uncle Joe's Pizza and Wings
MGCCC Perk Campus
PJ's Coffee
Sweet Peppers Deli
Courtyard Marriott
Golden Corral
Cracker Barrel
Edgewater Mall (in JC Penney's)

Pass Christian

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