By Terri Ferguson Smith / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
Reaching out to the youth in Meridian and Lauderdale County is what the local Optimist Club is all about, so as Christmas nears, members were happy to be able to donate to area programs that help youth.
Harold Magee, president of the Optimist Club, said the club donated $1,000 each to The Salvation Army, Cans for Kids, Wesley House Community Center, and Shop With a Cop on Tuesday.
"We are a youth organization. We have two major fundraisers, a pancake jubilee in February and a Tee-ball league in July," Magee said. "All of our funds are directed towards youth organizations. It can be through other organizations but it has to be youth-oriented. That's the way our charter is set up and that's the way we've always done it."
The Optimist Club donates to various youth organizations throughout the year.
"We also keep a discretionary fund if someone comes to us during the year with a worthwhile cause, we try to designate some money or make some donations towards that," Magee said. "Anything youth-oriented, we're interested in helping."
Last year, Magee said, the Optimist Club donated enough money to supply Camp Eagle Ridge, a summer camp for underprivileged youth. They also built a water well for the camp.