On Friday in Forrest County, Santa sure did look a lot like Sheriff Charlie Sims.
Sims, along with deputies and members of the Petal Police Department, assisted the Petal Task Force to hand out food boxes in the area.
Area residents were lined up, driving through to receive their gift boxes, along with such holiday necessities as turkeys and hams. Children along for the ride also received stuffed animals as a happy Christmas keepsake.
Every year for Christmas, The Petal Task Force, (formerly known as The Children’s Task Force) has handed out the boxes and turkeys for those in need. That way families who might not be able to have a traditional holiday are now equipped with the essentials: milk, eggs, rolls, along with bags of butter, celery, onions, and cheese.
“Giving to others and helping our communities are the real reason behind the Christmas season.”, said Sims.
All donations to The Petal Task Force are made locally and they do not receive any state or federal money, according to officials. Everything is made possible by the Petal and Forrest County community.
The George Street location of The Petal Task Force is provided, at no charge, by the Asbury Methodist Church.