Star travels to Coast to support Salvation Army

The Salvation Army helps hundreds of people in our community every year. Tonight was all about giving back to the organization at a big fundraiser in Jackson County.

It’s the Salvation Army’s mission to help change lives for the better in more than one hundred countries the nonprofit is serving across the world. There’s a reason that mission is held close to heart for country music star Jimmy Wayne. “The Salvation Army gave me my first guitar which led to my success in the music business.”

Wayne was a part of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program that works to provide Christmas gifts for children in need. Wayne flew into be the keynote speaker at the annual Jackson County Salvation Army Dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula. When Wayne’s music career took off, he made it his mission to give back. “Actually the first song I wrote after I got my record deal was a song called ‘Paper Angels.’ It was inspired by the Angel Tree Program. The song involved into a book and then a movie. When you help people, sometimes good things come back to help you!”

Next to the Red Kettle Campaign, this is the Salvation Army’s biggest fundraiser of the year and all the funds made tonight go towards helping Jackson County. Lt. Brian Hicks with the Salvation Army said, “We have the homeless shelter. We do social service. We have a food pantry. On the other side of that, we have our church that operates.”

Nearly two hundred guests at the event in Pascagoula enjoyed a dinner, presentation and took part in a silent auction benefiting the Salvation Army.  “There’s no way we can do what we do in the community without the help of the community.”

Right now, the Salvation Army is in need of non-perishable food items. If you would like to help you can drop off to a location near you.

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