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Local radio stations raising funds for Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children

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Jackson lawyer Richard Schwartz, a long-time sponsor of the radiothon, and Shaggy, aka Dailon Huskey, of KHits 104.5 (photo courtesy of the Radio People)

Beginning Wednesday morning, Vicksburg Radio People stations River 101.3 and KHits 104.5 will be joining their sister stations from Jackson and Meridian for the annual Blair E. Batson Radiothon, which will run through Friday.

To date, the group of stations owned by brothers Bob and Clay Holiday has raised over a half-million dollars to benefit Mississippi children.

“It gives me a great appreciation for my healthy children,” said KHits’ morning show host Shaggy, otherwise known as Dailon Huskey. “So many of these kids spend so much time there. I really look forward to this event every year to catch up with the kids and see how they are doing.’

Chris Burks, River 101 morning host of the “Biscuits and Burks Show,” is a radio veteran of over 20 years with experience in larger markets such as Memphis and Tupelo.

“I have never done anything in my career that I am prouder of,” he said. The always jovial Burks was somber. “It’s a blessing to be a part of something so special for the children of our state,” he added.

Please tune in and give if you can.

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Salvation Army kicks off Angel Tree and Kettle campaigns

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The Salvation Army in Vicksburg is kicking off its annual Angel Tree and Kettle campaigns.

The kickoff event will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Vicksburg Mall, 3505 Pemberton Square Blvd., by the mall entrance next to Dillard’s.

The Salvation Army reminds everyone that the need is great in the community, but its strength is greater. All proceeds collected through the campaign in Vicksburg stays in the local area.

To volunteer, call 601-456-4444. To adopt an angel or donate online, visit the Salvation Army Vicksburg website.

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COVID claims Jamming for the Kids concert but the needs will be met

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Image by candice_rose from Pixabay

2020 would be the 23rd year for the Jamming for the Kids concert. Unfortunately, organizers feel that the risk is too great to hold the event this year.

“I can’t in good conscience go forward with the event, so many of our regular attendees are in the age group that puts them most at risk,” event organizer Kemper Ehrhardt said on Friday. “We had the largest event in our history last year and planned on moving from the Country Club to Levee Street Warehouse because we had outgrown that venue.”

But Ehrhardt went on to say the need in our community still exists and many longtime supporters have already committed to supporting the cause. The event was created to bring Christmas to children whose parents are incarcerated as well as those in the custody of Children’s Protective Services.

Ernie Hall, who serves as director of River City Rescue Mission, has also been chaplain at the Warren County Jail for the past 17 years. Hall says that there are also children that his group services throughout the year that “fall through the cracks” of other agencies and programs. Hall and his agency act as stewards of the money collected.

Most years, around 350 children from infants to age 18 benefit from the program. The coronavirus pandemic that has impacted so many families this years means that needs could even greater this holiday season.

Sheriff Martin Pace and his team of elves go shopping for many of the children and deliver the presents. Hall sees that the remaining children receive age appropriate gifts. Ehrhardt said that arrangements are being made to have drop off locations for those who wish to donate new unwrapped toys.

If you would like to contribute financially you can do so by visiting RiverCityRescueMission.org or you can drop off your toys or donations at the River City Rescue Mission at 3705 Washington St.

For more information contact Ernie at (601) 636-6602.

Also, please remember that River City Rescue Mission needs the community’s support for both feeding the less fortunate during both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Donations of turkeys and fixings for both meals and food boxes would be greatly appreciated.

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Annual Reindeer Run scheduled for Dec. 5

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Vicksburg’s second annual Reindeer Run is once again raising money for Paws Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in the city.

The Reindeer Run 5K run or walk takes place in historic downtown Vicksburg Dec. 5, starting at 8 a.m.

Virginia Campbell and a couple of fur babies enjoyed the day at the first Reindeer run in 2019 with event mascots. (photo courtesy Debbie Haworth)

But even those not running will have a good time attending. The event includes reindeer games and face painting for the kids, a Christmas Pet parade for the fur babies, bloody maries and beer for the adults, plus delicious food from LD’s Kitchen for everyone and a DJ playing your favorite tunes.

Each runner and walker will receive a long sleeve technical T-shirt and swag bag.

To register online, click here. The registration fee is $30 until Dec. 1, and $35 after that.

Runner’s packet pickup is at LD’s Kitchen Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 7:15 a.m. until 7:45 a.m.

If you’re interested in sponsoring this year’s event, please email Cynthia Freeny at [email protected]

Reindeer Run 2020 Sponsors:

Gold
LD’s Kitchen
601 Sports
City of Vicksburg

Silver
Ameristar
ASC

Bronze
Trustmark National Bank
Flower Center
Curb Appeals
Levee Street Marketplace
Vicksburg Main Street
Woodland Animal Clinic
Southern Beverage
Mutual Credit Union

Friends of Paws
Wayne Pratt – Edward Jones
Hennessy, Thames and Leavitt
Magnolia Jewelers
Super Jr
Fit Chef
61 North Mini Storage
61 North Super Lube
61 North Storage #2
Robyn Lea State Farm
Koestler Pallet Sales
Vicksburg Amateaur Radio Club
Bo Eaton
Helping Hands Pharmacy
Danna and Jaa Allen
Paul Ingram

Support
River Hills Bank
Cannon Motors

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