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Three nonprofits will benefit from hotel chain’s offering

Three nonprofit organizations will be in a position to help aid those in need thanks to a generous donation of office equipment and furniture including beds, tables, sofas, chairs, desks, lamps, mattresses and bedding.

Michael Hudson, the general manager of the Vicksburg Hampton Inn and Suites, is coordinating the dispersement of the contents of the now closed Vicksburg Inn and Suites stated a press release.

“We were pleased with the owners’ decision to donate the contents from the closed property to these three very worthy local charities. Many individuals and families will benefit,” Hudson said.

The recipients of the donated furniture are the River City Rescue Mission, the American Red Cross Chapter of Southwest Mississippi and the Salvation Army.

“This major donation is a tremendous help to the mission,” River City Rescue Mission director Earnie Hall said. “About half of the merchandise will be given away to single parents, the homeless trying to reestablish, burn out victims and others in dire need. The other half will be sold in our thrift store to raise funds to help pay utility bills for those who simply cannot make their payments. Our funds were virtually depleted and this could not have come at a better time,” Hall said.

The estimated value of the furniture that was donated to the three organizations totaled more than $100,000.

Veronica Stubbs with the American Red Cross Chapter of Southwest Mississippi said, their organization appreciated the Vicksburg Inn and Suites and Hampton Inn’s generosity because it’s contributions like this that allow them to serve the community.

“Their generosity makes it all possible,” Stubbs said.

Local Salvation Army Major Mary Welch echoed Stubbs sentiments.

“Donations like this make it possible for The Salvation Army to help so many others. It’s a lot of really nice furniture that is now in our newly opened thrift store. This will be a great help to the low income. Plus, the funds that it generates go to assist the needy in many ways. We are most grateful for the generosity,” Welch said.

 

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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