"In the past, they've had to tell children, 'We don't have a Christmas gift, for you' and you just need to encourage the kids, and this is one way we can put a smile on their face to encourage them." 

- Daniel Burton, President, Bannister Foundation 

With the help of Shaggy's Restaurants, Arbor Properties, and Island School of Performing Arts, the Bannister Foundation donated $10,000 worth of Christmas gifts in December of 2016 to Harrison County Child Protective Services for children who've been abused, neglected, or removed from their homes. 

125 blankets, several bikes, 125 pairs of headphones, 50 tablets, watches for the boys, and curling irons for the girls were just a few of the items unloaded by several social workers and volunteers. 100 duffel bags were also included in the donation so that the children had something to carry their belongings in as they move from house to house. 

Younger children in the foster care system usually get presents, so most of these donations went to the teenagers, as they are usually left out. 

The Walmart store in Gulfport, MS coordinated the purchase of most of the items.  Being able to donate these items to children in need was certainly a community effort. 

"This is truly a blessing, and it'll bless a lot of children in custody. We just appreciate y'all's help."

- Daniel Burton, President, Bannister Foundation 

Volunteers help bring Christmas Presents into the Harrison County DHS Office.
The trailer full of gifts ready to be delivered to Harrison County DHS.