Reformed convicted felon serenades Salvation Army Thanksgiving c - - Jackson, MS

Reformed convicted felon serenades Salvation Army Thanksgiving crowd

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The crowd at the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving lunch this year was serenaded by Rick Edwards, a man who truly has a song in his heart. He'll tell you he went from riches to rags, then to the riches of knowing Christ.

According to a 1984 Baptist Press News article, Edwards was pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in Mississippi in 1982, Pass Road Baptist Church in Gulfport. But he says he made a few bad choices.

"Got into some bad relationships, wound up being arrested and going to federal prison for three years on currency violation and conspiracy charges," he says.

The charges involved smuggling drugs. But after serving his time, he found refuge at a Salvation Army halfway house.

"The Salvation Army in New Orleans took me in," he says. "I was a high-profile person. A lot of places wouldn't take me." 

Edwards has since owned and sold a successful business, and he now dedicates his time to giving back. On Thanksgiving, he drove for hours to share his testimony in Jackson.

"I drove specifically from Lake Charles Louisiana to give one day of service to one of the greatest places, the Salvation Army of Jackson Mississippi," he says.
And arguably, this Salvation Army is one of the greatest places, sending out 1,500 Thanksgiving meals to people who can't get there. Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes delivers some of those dinners.

"People must help people," Stokes tells us. "This is for the needy, not the greedy."
 The nonprofit also serves hundreds of sit-down dinners with a steady stream of volunteers.

"Helping, feeding the homeless people," says 10-year-old Chance Patterson, who came from Yazoo County with his family to volunteer.

Roughly 300 volunteers helped out at the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving Day.

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