Giving in Pearl River County: Adopt a senior, tot or angel

Published 7:00 am Thursday, November 20, 2014

This holiday season the less fortunate could be a bit more blessed by the kind acts of Pearl River County residents.
There are several ways you can brighten another person’s holiday.
Toys for Tots is a way for people to help children of less fortunate families enjoy a Christmas filled with new toys. Interested parties can donate a brand new unopened toy at one of the many locations in the city hosting a Toys for Tots drop off.
Toys can be dropped off at the Picayune Police Department on Main Street or at the Toys for Tots location at 1702 U.S. 11. Questions about the program can be answered by calling 601-273-9831.
Senior citizens can be just as in need as children, especially those who don’t have family living nearby.
Fortunately there’s a program that helps them feel the holiday cheer.
It’s called the Adopt a Senior Snowflake Project. Participation is simple, just stop by a participating business, which includes the Senior Center of South Pearl River County, Highland Community Hospital and the Picayune Item, and select a snowflake from the Christmas tree.
On the back of the ornament is a number that represents a senior citizen. Once an ornament is selected the donor can then pick a drug store of their choice and purchase a gift card for at least $20, which will help that senior citizen purchase items for their daily needs.
Another way to help local children is the Angel Tree program. This program focuses on the children of inmates.
In this program ornaments are also used, but instead of a number, the ornament has the wish of one child in Pearl River County.
This Saturday a motorcycle ride by the Blue Knights Mississippi Chapter IX will help collect donations for the Angel Tree program and provide a safe escorted ride.
It begins at 8 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Carriere.
So choose the cause of your choice, or donate to all three. We’re sure your help will brighten someone’s holiday.

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