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MDWFP Foundation Announces Toy Drive

Palmer Home kids enjoy a rare snow.

There are many needy children in Mississippi who each have a special Christmas wish.

This year, the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is helping grant some of the wishes for the children at the Palmer Home for Children by holding a toy drive through Dec. 15 at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center at Enid Lake.

“Treats for Toys” trades a free packet of fish food for each new unwrapped toy donated at the NMFH. Toys may also be donated at the North Mississippi Herald office at 416 N. Main in Water Valley and at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks main office in Jackson.

Suggestions for gifts include stocking stuffers (candy, gum, gloves, cards); duck or deer calls; fishing tackle; baby dolls (all ethnicities), basketballs; footballs; soccer balls; kickballs; play jewelry pierced earrings; board games for all ages; batteries AA, A, C and 9 volt; fleece throws; models to build; personal CD players; coloring books; story books; littlest pet shop; bike accessories; alarm clocks, and art supplies.

The Palmer Home for Children was established in 1895 and for more than 100 years has become a haven for children of all ages, from entry into this world to entry into college, regardless of creed, ethnicity, or race.

The mission of this not-for-profit corporation is to provide both love and hope, offer the children the chance to grow up with their siblings, and provide the opportunity to experience one-on-one relationships with a stable and caring family unit. Palmer Home has campuses located in Columbus and Hernando.

They have also joined forces with the Mississippi Sheriffs Boys and Girls Ranch and will operate campuses in Lucedale and in northeast Mississippi between Columbus and Starkville.

The NMFH is part of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and is located off I-55 at Enid, exit 233 east.

For information about this, or other programs, call (662) 563-8068 or visit

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