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Salvation Army annual Christmas Angel drive makes the holidays bright for area children



Photo by Mogens Engelund - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The Salvation Army is once again providing for those less fortunate with its annual Christmas Angel drive.

Vicksburg residents will have the opportunity from today until Dec. 5 to adopt a Christmas Angel and purchase their Christmas wish-list items. Angels can be adopted at the Vicksburg Mall (3505 Pemberton Square Blvd.) during normal business hours.

“We’ve got volunteers inside the mall near Dillard’s who will be giving out angels for as long as they last,” said Steve Welch, core officer of the Salvation Army. “They won’t be there later than Dec. 5 because we have to get the gifts processed and distributed to the correct families the following week.”

Each year the Salvation Army takes wish lists from less fortunate families in the area in an effort to give children a happier holiday.

“It’s just a really good way to get more personally involved with helping somebody that’s in need during Christmas time,” he said. “It allows children of all ages to be more likely to get what they really want.”

For more information, call the Salvation Army at 601-636-2706. To volunteer with the Salvation Army call volunteer coordinator Trudy James Brown at 601-415-2994.

“We really are thankful for the people that help us help others,” Welch said. “There’s so many people that help us out and so many people that sponsor angels and put money in our kettles. We’re just so thankful for all of them.”


Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation hosts Christmas Fun for kids



The time has come for Christmas Fun with Lana Hand once again.

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation (1302 Adams St.) hosts the event for children ages 4 to 9 on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Hand, a former teaching instructor, will lead the children in making different holiday crafts including pine cone Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and decorating gingerbread cookies. 

Kids will be able to enjoy some of their tasty creations and take them home.

Admission for this event is $35 per child, and spots fare limited. For more information or to register, contact the SCHF at 601-631-2997 or

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Santa Storytime at Lorelei Books Saturday



Just in time for the last Second Saturday of the year, Lorelei Books (1303 Washington St.) hosts Santa Storytime, Saturday, Dec. 14  at 1:30 p.m.

The event allows children of all ages to enjoy a few stories told by Old Saint Nick himself and use their imagination to travel with him on his journey around the world.

“Santa’s stop at Lorelei Books is an annual tradition because he loves traveling the globe, and he knows that exploring the world is something we can all do through the pages of a book,” said Lorelei Books owner Kelle Barfield.

This event encourages children take a step into the world of books as Santa entertains them with holiday stories.

“This is a free event for children of all ages that allows us to enjoy Santa’s jolly reading of one or two of his favorite Christmas tales,” Barfield said. “We’ll enjoy a half hour with Santa before second Saturday events kick off across at the farmer’s market.”

For more information contact Lorelei Books at 601-634-8624.

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15th annual Christmas Caroling Contest pulls in a crowd



The Agape Montessori Christian School choir performs. The choir was a finalist in the Division 5 Upper Elementary category.

Area choirs performed to a packed house Saturday night at the final evening of Vicksburg’s 15th Annual Christmas Caroling Contest.

The event was hosted by the Vicksburg Convention Center and sponsored by V105.5 FM radio, who awarded $10,000 to winners, finalists and choir directors.

Choirs performed to a packed house on the final night of competition.

Congratulations to the winners and finalists.

Division One: Upper Teen Soloists

Winner: Gavin Standish

Finalists: Genevieve Moore, Nathan Mosley, Snowden Trio and Radyn Horton

Division 2: Tweens and Young Soloists

Winner: Anna Kate Humphries

Finalists: Ella Claire Gregory, Alissa Bordelon and Audrey Holt

Divison 3: Adult Groups

Winner: Jingle Belles

Finalist: Envy

Division 4: Lower Elementary Choirs

Winner: Redwood Holiday Choir

Finalists: Sherman Avenue first grade, Sherman Avenue second grade, and South Park Elementary first grade

Division 5 Upper Elementary Choirs:

Winner: Redwood Honor Choir

Finalists: South Park Elementary fifth and six grades, Warrenton Elementary, Vicksburg Intermediate Vocalizers and Agape Montessori Christian School

Division 6 Junior High Choirs

Winner: Sumner Hill Junior High Mixed Ensemble

Finalists: AOI Southern Synergy and AOI Innovation Choir

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