It is the time of year where the public is asked to consider holiday donations of leisure gift and personal care items for patients at the Mississippi State Hospitals in Whitfield and East Mississippi. The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau and the Jackson County Mental Health Friends are sponsoring the annual Gifts for Whitfield and East Mississippi collection. For more than 26 years, the Chambers of Commerce and the Friends have participated in this Christmas program.
Individuals, groups and businesses are encouraged to bring items to the Chambers until December 14, 2017, at noon. Volunteers will take the items to Whitfield and East Mississippi. Items are for women and men and can include pocket games, puzzles, cards, sports balls, portable radios, stationery items, board games, arts and crafts kits, batteries, sunglasses, socks, slippers, caps, pajamas, underwear, belts, hats and personal care items. No glass items are permitted.
Be sure to include sender information with each contribution. All donations are tax-deductible for income tax purposes. Do not wrap your items. Items can be delivered to the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 720 Krebs Avenue, Pascagoula and the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau at 1000 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs.
For more information on this program and other programs throughout the year, call the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or email JohnsonL@jcchamber.com. For more information on the Mississippi State Hospitals, visit www.msh.state.ms.us.