Project aims high
What began as a young mom taking inventory of her child’s toys has quickly become an way to pass on some good cheer this Christmas season.
From now through mid December, Tasia Draper of Tunica is organizing the Hope Heaven Campaign, a food and toy drive for local families in need.
Draper said the idea sprang from a recent clean-up of her son, Jelani’s room. As she was going through his toys, she found several still in boxes.
“There were things that he had hardly even played with,” Draper said “Everyone’s struggling so much these days, I thought about what I could do to make sure that everyone has a wonderful Christmas.”
Jones finds home sweet home in Tunica
Although the setting is different, Lindsay Klimek Jones said her story is much like the plot to the popular film “Legally Blond.”
“Kind of like Elle Woods, I woke up one day and said ‘I want to go to law school,” she says with a laugh.
At that point, Jones was enrolled at the University of Mississippi pursuing a degree in anthropology with a minor in biology.
Bright lights, big city
It all started last February when my friend Lauren got her number drawn out of a lottery of over 1,000,000 people to participate in the New York City Marathon. She couldn’t go alone – she needed a travel companion and moral support. How could I refuse my good friend? And besides, it was the perfect excuse to plan my first trip to New York.
Fast forward nine months later. Lauren has trained diligently, we have recruited another partner in crime (for moral support, of course) and we are on board a plane headed for the Big Apple.
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