Come walk, run, play with Natchez JA

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The fall provisional class of the Junior Auxiliary of Natchez is hosting a fun day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Duncan Park Canteen.

An admission fee of $5 will purchase hours of enjoyment.

An obstacle course has been prepared and will include several different challenges for children.

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There will be a cakewalk inside the canteen for children and adults.

Many volunteers from around the area have provided baked goods from cookies to cakes. Also, a bouncy house will be on site for children to enjoy during the day.

A few special guests will be in attendance as well.

Concessions will be available for purchase during the day’s activities. Each child must have a responsible adult present at the event.

The proceeds from the day will help the class purchase necessities for their service project, “Bags of Cheer,” for children who are victims of abuse.

The idea behind the bags is to give the children, who sometimes have to leave their homes without a single possession, something to call their own.

Each bag will have age/gender appropriate hygiene items and something fun for them as well.

If you wish, you can donate to the “Bags of Cheer” project prior to the fun day by dropping off something in one of the collection boxes in the following locations: Uptown Grocery, Sports Center, Edward Jones/Tommy McDonald on Franklin Street, Hicks Distributing and Key Rehab.

Items can be small toys, stuffed animals, toy car/truck (Hot Wheels type), dolls, crayons/markers and coloring books, etc.

You can even make monetary donations, too.

All contributions will go to aid in the preparation of the “Bags of Cheer” project and is greatly appreciated.

According to the National Association of Junior Auxiliary, the objective of the proposed national organization as stated in its first meeting in 1941 was to foster interest among its members in the social, economic, educational, civic and cultural conditions about them.

They also wanted to encourage them to render special volunteer service particularly to children and to cooperate with other organizations rendering similar service.

That is the overall goal of this day — to foster a sense of community and togetherness.


Morgan Mizell is a Natchez resident and member of the Junior Auxiliary.