Charity Campaigns Off to Slow Start - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

NEED FOR DONATIONS ON THE RISE

Charity Campaigns Off to Slow Start

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.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Arguments in Street capital murder trial begin today

    Arguments in Street capital murder trial begin today

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 8:42 AM EDT2017-07-25 12:42:07 GMT

    A Jackson County jury has been seated. Opening arguments begin this morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street. Street is accused of stabbing Frankie Fairley to death in 2014 and stealing her van. Officers say Street drove that van to D'Iberville where he reportedly robbed a convenience store. Fairley's body was found in a field not far from her Hurley home. The discovery was one day after family reported her missing.

    More >>

    A Jackson County jury has been seated. Opening arguments begin this morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street. Street is accused of stabbing Frankie Fairley to death in 2014 and stealing her van. Officers say Street drove that van to D'Iberville where he reportedly robbed a convenience store. Fairley's body was found in a field not far from her Hurley home. The discovery was one day after family reported her missing.

    More >>
  • Plans to open aviation museum in Gulfport hit road block

    Plans to open aviation museum in Gulfport hit road block

    Monday, July 24 2017 10:49 PM EDT2017-07-25 02:49:43 GMT

    Supporters of what's called the Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum said they were recently told much needed repairs can't be made using a $250,000 grant acquired from the state.

    More >>

    Supporters of what's called the Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum said they were recently told much needed repairs can't be made using a $250,000 grant acquired from the state.

    More >>
  • Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:09 PM EDT2017-07-25 03:09:56 GMT
    Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly