Gifts of Love collection set for TONIGHT


1903253_727664747286103_1167183999_nLast month, your donations to Gifts of Love allowed the group to donate 15 blankets to the tornado victims in the  Louisville area.”Thanks to everyone who has given,” said Karen Collins of Gifts of Love. “You never know when something tragic will happen or when it may be you in need!”Collins will be at the Stewart Fire Department from 5-7 p.m. TONIGHT to collect blankets and toys for those in need.

According to the Mississippi Kids Count data for Webster County, 21.5 percent of the county’s population live below the poverty level, and of the population of people from ages 0-18, 32 percent live in poverty. Continue reading

‘Gifts of Love’ can make all the difference in a time of crisis


1903253_727664747286103_1167183999_nSometimes, a warm blanket or a stuffed animal can make all the difference to someone in need.

According to the Mississippi Kids Count data for Webster County, 21.5 percent of the county’s population live below the poverty level, and of the population of people from ages 0-18, 32 percent live in poverty.

“There is a great need right here in Webster County — it’s mind-boggling,” said Freda Jones, county director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services in Webster County. “A lot of time, we have kids that are transported to different places due to abuse or other situations and many times they have to go without any belonging. To have anything, like a blanket or a stuffed animal to call their own, is so important. There are so many children right here in Webster County that have great needs.”

Karen Collins works as the office secretary at Eupora Elementary School, and on a day-to-day basis, the needs of the community are evident in lots of little faces. Continue reading