JCJC music groups help Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-12-06 15:06:07

ELLISVILLE – The partnership between Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts department and the Salvation Army has brought hundreds of smiles to adults and toys to children this holiday season.  For the third year, JC Voices and the JC Jazz Band students and faculty performing in the JCJC Christmas concert, “A Jingle Jazz Christmas” invited the public to bring an unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in lieu of a ticket for the concert. 
“It was an amazing outpouring of love from the community for these kids.  We have 523 children in six counties who have requested our assistance.  JCJC’s donation will help greatly,” said Laurel Salvation Army Major, Bert Lind.
JCJC Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith said she is also pleased to be able to collaborate in another successful benefit concert for the Salvation Army. The JC Voices and JC Jazz band students combined their talents to reward the crowd for their generosity with various traditional, new and jazzy Christmas songs.
“'A Jingle Jazz Christmas' was a tremendous success and I would like to thank the community for giving so generously to The Salvation Army Angel Tree Campaign. The students and faculty involved in the performance were pleased to have such a wonderful audience, and expect nothing less of the Jones Junior College family. Our patrons contributed over 300 gifts to the Salvation Army, and we can be proud that those gifts will be given to deserving families right here in the Pine Belt.  Thank you to all who continue to support the Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Division and all of the charitable causes that we strive to help through performance and service,” said Dr. Susan Smith.
The Salvation Army hopes the extra week after Thanksgiving allowed donors more time to gather gifts to help provide any last minute Angel Tree requests. The Salvation Army will begin matching donations with requests on December 11, with the distribution of the Angel Tree Program collections on December 18. 
“It is an amazing day after three months of preparation for distribution day.  Thirty families file through every 30-minutes,” said Major Cristy Lind. “There are always people in need.”
For more information about the Angel Tree program, contact the Salvation Army at 601-428-5485 or call the Fine Arts office at 601-477-4094.  


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