Kendra Warren, left, and Tina Cox, right, sort books Thursday night at the Duncan Park canteen. The books were donated for Junior Auxiliary’s garage sale, which was Friday and Saturday. (Lauren Wood \ The Natchez Democrat)

The Dart: Junior Auxiliary readying for Christmas

Published 12:01am Monday, November 5, 2012

NATCHEZ — If you ask the ladies of the Miss-Lou Junior Auxiliary why they do what they do, odds are all of them would say it’s for the children.

What they do is try to give less fortunate children in the Miss-Lou a better life, member Meredith Faust said.

“We are far more blessed than some of the other people around us, so we want to help the kids in the community,” Faust said.

Every year JA hosts several fundraisers to collect various donations to benefit local children.

JA members were sorting and pricing Christmas decorations, clothes, books and other items for one of its annual garage sales Thursday when The Dart landed on the Duncan Park Canteen.

Other JA fundraisers include Pack the Bus, at which members collect school supplies, a shrimp boil and an angel tree at Concordia Bank & Trust in Natchez.

In addition to collection donations, JA is sometimes called on to help families get back on their feet after a tragedy.

Member Tina Cox said JA invited a family that recently lost everything in a fire to come pick out clothes at the garage sale.

Seeing how JA directly impacts the community is the most rewarding part of being a member, Cox said.

“You really get to see how it impacts kids in the area who don’t have as much as other kids do,” Cox said.

Faust said her three children are blessed, and that is exactly why she decided to join JA.

“My children are beyond blessed, so I wanted to help other children who are not as blessed,” she said.

Faust brings her children along to JA events so they can see how the organization helps children who do not have as much they do.

Joining the Junior Auxiliary is a five-year commitment with $75 annual dues.

JA will also be hosting a Premier jewelry party from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. For more information or to join JA, contact Faust at 601-446-3235.

  • Anonymous

    It is nice to see some of the JA members involving their children to show them how blessed they are and teach them to reach out to others that are not as blessed. As I have told friends and family, it is time for us to drop the shop till you drop thinking and truly celebrate the reason reason for the season. My friends’ children are already singing Happy Birthday to Jesus in preparation for the Holiday Season. So instead of shopping for things none of us need or want, take the time and send those funds to a charity that will provide food and warm coats for children and give up some of the unneeded ‘gifts’ for each other and for the children who send out 2 page lists of what they want for Christmas. Stop and think about it — Santa also can mean Satan — check the letters out.

  • Anonymous