Wesson works to help needy children: Group of women give back to the community this holiday season

Published 9:56 am Friday, November 20, 2015

“It’s Wesson people taking care of Wesson children,” Melissa Brady with the League of Extraordinary Women of Wesson said of the group’s Christmas effort.

Every year, children are compiled by the Wesson schools and given to the league, which put details necessary to buy gifts — but no names — on ornaments that go on Christmas trees in Trustmark and Copiah Bank in Wesson.

“We had 42 [children] last year,” Brady said. “We expect probably around the same [this year]. The year before that we had 70-something, which kind of blew us out of the water, but the community came together, and we were able to meet those needs, and all those children had something for Christmas, and that’s really what our main goal was.”

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Trees will go up after Thanksgiving. The league asks that people adopting children from the trees buy an outfit and three toys under $25 a piece.

Brady said the league is a small group, but looking to grow.

“Wives and husbands together I think we have around 12 volunteers,” Brady said. “So we’re really small, but we are close-knit and everybody comes together. The community joins in, too. But we’re looking to grow if anybody wants to join us. We would be glad to have them.”

The League of Extraordinary Women of Wesson’s main fundraiser every year is the Zombie Run, a 5K obstacle run where participants are given a flag belt and chased by zombies. People who make it to the finish line are the survivors.

“Next year will be our third year to do that. It’s a lot of fun. We haven’t been able to do as much fundraising this year because I’ve been expecting, and it’s kind of hard to do a 5K when you’re extremely pregnant, so donations would be wonderful,” Brady said.

People who want to donate or volunteer for the organization can call Brady directly at 601-643-2967.