The Hattiesburg American


Treasure Hunt and Dirt Cheap Give Back to the Community

Submitted Press Release
Sunday, January 9, 2011

Treasure Hunt and Dirt Cheap helped three local organizations bring in the New Year on Friday with charitable donations to their causes.

“It is always good to be able to give back to the community and to help support organizations that make our community a great place to live,” said Randy Burge, President of Treasure Hunt Retail Operations.

Treasure Hunt and Dirt Cheap made a $10,000 donation to the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter, a $5,000 donation to the Southern Pines Animal Shelter and a $5,000 donation to Christian Services, all of which serve southeast Mississippi.

The Domestic Abuse Family Shelter consists of two shelters, one in Laurel and one in Hattiesburg. The center as well as a slate of several other programs serves victims of domestic violence, their children and the abusers in an 11 county area in southeast Mississippi.

The Southern Pines Animal Shelter, located in Hattiesburg, also serves 11 Mississippi counties. The shelter, which opened originally in 1954, is an open admission shelter that accepts all domestic animals. An average of 10,000 dogs and cats are admitted to the shelter each year. In addition to helping families adopt or find a lost animal companion, the shelter also provides low cost spay/neuter procedures for area pets.

The mission of Christian Services, Inc. is “to break chains, bring hope, and change lives through the practical demonstration of God’s love.” The organization accomplishes this mission each year through ‘Bargains and Blessings,’ a low cost furniture, clothing and appliance store, an area soup kitchen which provides 500-600 hot meals five days a week, emergency response assistance, distribution of donated food and supplies as well as several other ministries dedicated to meeting the needs of people in the community as well as outside of the immediate area.

“We at Treasure Hunt and Dirt Cheap say thank you to The Domestic Abuse Family Shelter, Southern Pines Animal Shelter and Christian Services for their continued service to our community and we are pleased to make these donations to help them carry out their missions,” said Burge.

This donation follows the recent Christmas day toy giveaway conducted by Treasure Hunt and Dirt Cheap as well as the Hattiesburg Police Department and the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office. The three agencies paired together to deliver over 5,000 toys to Hattiesburg area apartment complexes on Christmas morning.

From left, Bill Prout of Christian Services, Randy Burge President of Treasure Hunt Retail Operations and Ross Roberts President of Dirt Cheap Retail Operations.

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