Employees give back during holiday season

Employees give back during holiday season

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Mississippi Power employees are used to volunteering and giving back to the communities they serve, and that charitable spirit continued this holiday season through several donations and service projects.

“Several of our workgroups recently spent time at Feed My Sheep to help serve lunch,” said Caitlin Irwin, accountant and Community Connection member. “We also adopted two families from the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence for the holidays, and spent time spreading Christmas cheer at the Harrison County Children’s shelter.”

Other Community Connection members served meals on Dec. 11 to the needy at Christian Services, located in Hattiesburg.

Later that week, Pine Belt Community Connection members got involved with philanthropy projects associated with the annual Mississippi Association of Coaches Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game Dec. 16 in Hattiesburg.

Before the game, volunteers worked with players from both teams, sorting clothing and other items at two local thrift stores, including the Salvation Army store.

“The Salvation Army distributes more than 500 food boxes to those in need, and the Angel Tree program supplies toys, clothing and other needs to 1,000 children,” said Michael Harvey, Pine Belt Division manager. “The football players were very kind and helped tremendously. It’s all part of our mission to volunteer, give back to the community and work with today’s youth to make an immediate positive impact here in the Pine Belt.”

Plant Watson Community Connection members also got into the holiday spirit by collecting toys and more than 105 bicycles, for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Donation Center in Gulfport.

Jackson/George County Community Connection members played bingo, gave out gifts and shared refreshments with residents at Singing River Rehab Nursing Home in Moss Point.

In Stone County, company volunteers provided Christmas gifts for 130 foster children and served dinner to foster children and parents at the Stone County Foster Children’s Dinner. The kids got a big surprise when their gifts were delivered by Santa and Mrs. Claus, who showed up on a Wiggins Fire Department truck.

In November, members of Community Connection’s General Office chapter helped honor our fallen heroes as they took part in the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Biloxi National Cemetery.

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