It is far better to give than to receive. That's a popular saying, especially around the holiday season. Well, one South Mississippi company has done just that.
Mississippi Power Community Connection Employee Group held their first ever Angel Golf Tournament at Grand Bear Golf Course Saturday. 92 golfers participated in the event. All the money raised went to The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program.
Mississippi Power President, Anthony Topazi, presented The Salvation Army with a large donation of $42,360. In fact, the totals are projected to exceed $50,000.
Major William Cundiff, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Southern Metropolitan Command, was overwhelmed and shocked.
"This Christmas there won't be anybody left out," Cundiff said through tears. "And because of your generosity, which exceeds anything we could have dreamed of, there will be a lot of kids waking up Christmas morning, having Santa Clause."
The Salvation Army is very excited that Mississippi Power Company selected The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program to be the recipient of their 2007 inaugural golf tournament fund-raiser.
Over 3,700 families (more than 8,000 children) will have Christmas provided for them this year. This is a large increase over 2006 and even over pre-Katrina numbers.
The fund-raiser total was a combination of Community Connection tournament funds that were matched by Mississippi Power Company's Management Council, which was then matched with funds from President Topazi's Foundation.
Cundiff said, "It can get difficult sometimes coming back to communities again and again and asking, but we feel the people we are asking for are worth helping. We have some great dreams for the Mississippi Gulf Coast."
If you would like to donate to the Salvation Army or volunteer, call 228-868-1188. The Angel Trees are set up throughout businesses in South Mississippi.