Great ways to volunteer and "give back" during the holiday season

Looking for great ways to volunteer and “give back” during the holidays? See below for a number of local opportunities to get involved and support a great cause.

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign:
Volunteers are needed to ring the bell for the Salvation Army’s annual kettle campaign. View the dates/times available until December 24th on OrgSync at: . Contact Lashaunda Bobbett at 662-312-4709 or for more information.

Oktibbeha County Humane Society:
OCHS is in need of the following items for the animals at the shelter during the holiday season:
Supplies for Dogs – Diamond Maintenance Adult Dog & Puppy Food, Treats, Kongs, Toys,
Blankets, Towels, Collars and Leashes.
Supplies for Cats – Cat Food, Litter Deodorizer, Treats, Toys, Cat Climbing Trees & Cubes
and Hand Towels. To donate items, contact Christy Wells at 662.338.9093 or

Sally Kate Winters Family Services:
Sally Kate Winters is in need of the following donations during the holiday season for their children: Socks (Male and Female), Underwear (Male and Female of all ages), Plastic Storage Containers, Dish Towels, Hand Mixer, Iron (Good Quality), Toothpaste (Travel size, Regular size), Duffle Bags, Belts (Male and Female of all ages), Feminine Products (Tampon etc.), Cotton balls, Deodorant (Male and Female), Body Wash, Shampoo and conditioner, Lotion/Vaseline, Hair brush/Comb (For various hair textures), Hair oil & Gels (For various hair textures), Q-Tips, and Bar Soap. To donate items, contact Ally Knowles at  662.494.4867 or

Starkville Poverty Coalition’s Christmas Co-Op:
The Starkville Poverty Coalition needs assistance collecting toys for their first annual Starkville Christmas Co-Op, designed to support local families who want to get out of poverty. Now through December 9, they are accepting new toys for kids 12 and younger. Donations can be dropped off at First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, the MSU YMCA, or St. Joseph Catholic Church in Starkville. For more information about the project, visit the Starkville Poverty Coalition Facebook page. You can also sign-up to volunteer for the Christmas Co-Op through Dec 15 by clicking here. For more information, visit the Christmas Co-OP FAQ page.

Society of Saint Andrew:
Society of Saint Andrew is in need of the following donations:
5-Gallon Buckets: The gleaners use this to hold and transport crops.
Bottled Water/Sport Drinks: This helps to keep the volunteers hydrated.
22” Cardboard Moving Boxes: The boxes are used to transport produce to food pantries.
Donations can be dropped off at 16 Roanoke Boulevard, Columbus, MS 39705. To make a donation or for more information, contact Andrew Lemon at 769.233.0887 or