The Holiday Open House at DRMS’s Gulfport location on Tuesday December 6th was a great success.   Visitors from other non-profits within the Knight Center, where DRMS’s office is located, along with new and old friends from other disability advocacy agencies, stopped by to visit, eat, and network.   The food, courtesy of DRMS staff Amelia Puffer and Shirley Walker, was great.    Also featured were some wonderful prizes which were awarded via a drawing at the end of the event.   The winners received some great gifts, and the purchase of  chances to win helped  provide support for DRMS’s many activities.    Today, the Jackson office is enjoying some of the leftover food, so the party atmosphere has spread.  Most importantly, we met and shared information with a lot of people who can refer clients to us or offer services to our clients!

In my  mail today were several end of year appeals for  donations to support various worthy causes.   I hesitate to add an appeal for DRMS to the onslaught other generous folks are no doubt also receiving.   But, that’s part of my job!    Our federal funding continues to shrink and its future levels are  uncertain, but the advocacy needs of people with disabilities in Mississippi continue to grow with the bad economy.    Gifts from community supporters help us maintain services.    If you are looking for a  non-profit agency to support as part of your holiday or end of year giving, please consider Disability Rights Mississippi.   See our website to donate via paypal.  For more information about how we use donations, please contact me at

DRMS staff always choose a holiday service project in lieu of major  gift giving among themselves during the holiday season.   This year, we will support two different Service Animal non-profits in Mississippi — Service Animals of Mississippi (SAM)  and  Gallant Hearts Guide Dogs.  Both help train and provide service animals to individuals with disabilities in our state.   We are proud to support their efforts.

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