MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Christmas season is a time of giving and here in East Mississippi, volunteers with several agencies give their time to help others, and make life easier for struggling families.
Volunteers with the United Way of East Mississippi’s RSVP program were recognized at a special holiday luncheon Friday.
“It’s so important of us to just say thank you even if it's by a luncheon or by a party, because we say thank you but to show appreciation goes farther sometimes when you're dealing with volunteers,” said Radcliff.
RSVP director Tim Putnam hopes the event shows the volunteers how much they're appreciated.
"Oh it's unreal,” said Putnam. "This is just a small way to get them together and tell them thank you."
At the event, 91-year old elementary tutor Fred Brown was recognized as the group's volunteer of the year, it was a special moment for everyone.
The holiday spirit continued across town at Anderson Regional Medical Center's annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Gigi Cross was named volunteer of the year.
"When I go home, I’m blessed because I’ve made others smile,” said Cross.
Anderson Regional Medical Center CEO John Anderson expressed his appreciation for all the men and women who donate their time to help others.
Volunteers with both RSVP and Anderson say the gift of volunteering is something that's important throughout the entire year, but they tell us there's just something special about making Christmas brighter for someone who needs a little holiday cheer.