The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work will deliver its fall semester "Thanksgiving baskets" this morning to needy families across Harrison County.
These baskets really aren't baskets. They started out four years ago as Thanksgiving Baskets for families – including a gift certificate for a turkey and all of the fixings.
In the second year, it became a competition between classes to collect items for Thanksgiving baskets.
This year, six different cohorts of Social Work majors collected food, household items, toys, shoes, bowling and movie tickets and other items for these families. In addition this year, an anonymous business has adopted a family of their own, with a budget of $1000 for their family.
One family from each of the six Head Starts across Harrison County is chosen to receive a "basket." The social workers at the centers pre-determine the family that is the most deserving of the award.
Before they deliver the baskets, the team projects will be judged for the best basket, and a winner will be chosen. The winner will get bragging rights of top basket for the year.
The judging is at 8:45 this morning. When it's over, each class delivers their own "basket" to the Head Start center.