This is the first year Ann Perry has chosen a tag from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree. She says she wants to share some of her good fortune with a needy child.
"And given all that's been going on in the country this year, we just felt a need to do something for someone else, someone who is less fortunate because we have so much to be thankful for," Perry says.
The Salvation Army needs that positive attitude from a lot of people so they can give gifts to the more than a thousand children whose names hang from the angel tree.
"With all the current things that are going on around the world with the economy and stuff, it's just taking a little while longer to really take off than it has in years past," Captain Stephen Story says.
The agency relies on its kettle drive too. Story says last year they raised $24,000. In years past, people donated as much as $40,000. K-99 Radio's annual Bikes or Bust campaign collects bikes for the Salvation Army. Kipp Gregory says he'll stay in this camper above the coliseum until they reach the 599 goal.
"On Christmas morning there's nothing like having a brand new bike under the Christmas tree. A lot of these kids really want one, and it's not their fault that they're in need," Gregory says.
Biloxi's Back Bay Mission is getting more requests for help too. The agency has the names of 103 children on its toy list. The executive director says they won't accept anymore because they're afraid there won't be enough toys to go around.
"We've had calls everyday from families who want to be able to give Christmas to their children, as we all do and they call seeing if we can help them and we've had to turn them away at this point," Executive Director Shari Prestemon says.
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