Local Junior Auxiliary celebrates service in April
Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 5:00 pm
The hard work goes on year-round, but during the first week of April each year, the Junior Auxiliary of Obion County pauses to say thanks to the community for another great year.
A year packed with service to families and children through 15 service projects that include everything from supplying rubber duckies equipped with thermometers for the bathtub to each newborn at Baptist Memorial Hospital to the upcoming, free event for the community known as Healthy Start/Healthy Finish.
“Junior Auxiliary is committed to improving the lives of children in Obion County through our many service projects. We target every age group from newborns to the high school graduate using our national slogan, ‘Care Today — Character Tomorrow,’ said Junior Auxiliary of Obion County president Holly Turner.
This week Junior Auxiliary of Obion County will be working to finalize plans for its upcoming event, Healthy Start/Healthy Finish, to be held at War Memorial Stadium on April 28 from noon-4. This free event for the children of Obion County and their families will feature field day events, prizes, food, inflatable jumpers and a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. The organization will also be giving away a boy’s and a girl’s bike. A drawing will be held around 2:30 p.m. and the child must be present to win.
Junior Auxiliary of Obion County has 32 members who each donate a minimum of 50 hours every year to the chapter’s various projects, chapter meetings and charity events. The chapter raises funds each year through its annual Charity Ball, Halloween Spooktacular and donations from the community.
“This is such an exciting week for us, because it gives us a chance to thank all of the citizens of Obion County for supporting us in this work, and to recognize those who donate to make our events possible,” Tara Tubbs, public relations chairman, said. “The families and children we serve are so deserving and thankful for this assistance, and none of that would be possible without the support of the entire community.”
Junior Auxiliary has a rich history of service and the Junior Auxiliary of Obion County is carrying on that tradition. “This chapter embraces the founding principles of our national organization, helping children and making a difference in their lives,” said Charlotte Seals, NAJA president.
Junior Auxiliary of Obion County is a part of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA), a non-profit organization founded in 1941 with headquarters in Greenville, Miss. NAJA has more than 15,000 active, associate and life members in 101 chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.
The NAJA slogan is “Care Today — Character Tomorrow” and when teamed with the current focus of the association, Junior Auxiliary chapters are working more than ever before to increase awareness of child health and welfare and how these issues affect their futures.
Residents interested in becoming members of the local chapter or wishing to make a tax deductible donation to Junior Auxiliary of Obion County may call Ms. Tubbs at (731) 592-1433.
For more information on NAJA, visit www.najanet.org.
Published in The Messenger 4.4.12