Season of giving

Published 6:33 pm Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Christmas season is a time to celebrate the joy of giving.

Whether buying a gift for a child in need or volunteering one’s time to help out those less fortunate, giving not only benefits the receiver, it can also warm the heart of the one giving.

The United Way of West Central Mississippi has composed a list of opportunities for both, giving and volunteering.

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Volunteer opportunities:

• The Salvation Army is seeking bell ringers for the Christmas Kettle program, volunteers to help serve meals at the Mission 66 diner and Christmas Angel Tree adoptions. For more information, call 601-415-2994.

• The Storehouse Community Food Pantry, 629 Cherry St., is looking for volunteers to help distribute groceries to individuals in the community who suffer from food insecurity. Hours of operation at the pantry are from 10 a.m. to noon Monday and Wednesday and from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays.

• The Good Shepherd Community Center, 629 Cherry St., is looking for people to adopt children for their Christmas drive, organize and or distribute toys collected during the drive on Dec. 18. For more information, call 601-636-7687.

• The Haven House Family Shelter is seeking volunteers to help wrap Christmas presents and adopt families for Christmas. For more information, call 601-638-0555.

• Vicksburg Family Development is looking for volunteers to provide leadership-training opportunities for their youth mentoring programs, which could include team building, decision-making and or conflict resolution. For more information, call 601-638-1336.

• The Warren County Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers that would be willing to assist in the renovation or building of an affordable house, in 2019. For more information, call 601-634-6633.

• Someplace Special and the local nursing homes are seeking volunteers to call Bingo or assist in the creation of a simple holiday craft. For more information, call 601-638-0021.

• The Community Council is seeking volunteers to help deliver ‘meals on wheels’ and to join in on the fun Dec. 20 for a special distribution of Christmas meals to home-bound seniors. For more information, call 601-638-7441.

• The Center for Pregnancy Choices, 1401 Adams St., is seeking volunteers to help address and mail yearly thank you cards to their supporters. For more information, call 601-638-2778.

• Lifting Lives Ministries, 40 U.S. 80, is seeking toy donations for children living in the shelter by Dec. 18. For more information, call 601-529-7187.

• Keystone Ministry, 1122 South St. is looking for volunteers to help serve daily meals, beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 601-631-4557.

• Beyond Walls Ministries and the Warren County Chaplain’s Office is seeking attendance at the 21st Annual Jammin’ for the Kids, which will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Vicksburg Country Club, 127 Country Club Drive. Admission is $5 or a new toy. For more information, call 601-638-0800.

• Grace Christian Counseling Center is seeking volunteers and participants for the 11th Annual Chill in the Hills 10K Run, 5K Walk, and 1 Mile Fun Run, which will be held Jan. 12. For more information, call 601-636-5703.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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