Children First

You've probably heard that it is better to give than to receive. Some local students have learned this first hand. Throughout the year more than 50 young people do volunteer work at least once a week at the Salvation Army in Meridian.

"I didn't realize how many people were in need before I came here," says youth volunteer Trudy Dawters.

However, now they all do. This is a lesson, which Salvation Army officials say it's important that especially youth learn.

"Because it helps build character in them," says Salvation Army Youth Director, Wanda Mingo. "I believe as a people we are to help one another."

"I would rather give of my time to help people instead of just sitting back at home watching TV," says youth volunteer Trojoseph Harper.

Speaking of giving, the Salvation Army also needs your help.

With the start of school less than a month and more than 3,000 needy children to provide school supplies for, the organization is in dire need of donations. Officials say what they most need are notebooks and loose paper.

To donate, call (601) 483-6156. If needed, officials say they will pick up the donations.

"It doesn't matter if it's one or 100 we will come pick it up. We need school supplies desperately!"

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