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Project Santa Brings Christmas To Area Children

By Susan Hart

WVMSA is pleased to partner with Imagination Station, Valley Photo and JA to raise $310 for Project Santa. Imagination Station contributed handmade Santas for purchase by donations. Valley Photo pledged $1 for every photo package purchased at Pictures with Santa at the Main Street Office, and WVMSA matched all donations made in this partnership. Winners of the hand painted tray by Pati D’Amico and Santa gourd by Dr. Andy Pullen will be announced next week.

“With the compassion of such a wonderful community, the Water Valley Junior Auxiliary was able to support 150 children this Christmas season. We sincerely appreciate each individual’s kindness shown by their time and monetary donation. I would personally like to thank the many local organizations that define this heartfelt community. Please know that each child you support this Christmas will know that they are loved and may realize what a special place Water Valley is,” Lacey Caine, Project Santa Chairman said.

Project Santa is an annual campaign for Water Valley JA. As a community driven organization, one of the focuses of JA is the children of our town. With other special events like the annual Easter egg hunt and Art in the Park at the City Park, Missoula Theater, Carnival Day at DES, and sponsoring a Magnolia Youth League team, JA gives kids opportunity to participate in their community. With programs like Reading is Fundamental and supplying the Medical Closets at the elementary and high schools, JA also assists our kids at school. These are just a few ways Water Valley JA stays the entire year in the spirit of giving.

Susie Shopper is counting down the days to Christmas and checking her list twice. Even though gas prices have dropped, it still saves money to shop locally. The retailers of Water Valley offer something that other places do not; personal service. And building relationships with our local merchants insures employment and revenue for our city. Keeping dollars at home encourages growth and stability for Water Valley.  If you’re stumped on a present for someone special, try a local shop. Each one has a variety of ideas and price ranges, and friendly shopkeepers make suggestions for unique and personal gifts.

Almost done with shopping for gifts, Susie is going to spend more time in the Christmas moments, than the check-out line. You, too, deserve a break. Friday, Renasant Bank is hosting a Christmas Open House, 1100 Central Street, from  Noon until 5 p.m.  Take some time out of your busy day to drop in and enjoy some holiday cheer.

 Refreshments will be served and other goodies will be handed out.

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