18th annual Jammin’ For The Kids raises money for children of inmates

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 5, 2015

When parents go astray, their children should not have to suffer and thanks to the 18th annual Jammin’ For The Kids, a fundraiser to aid children of inmates, Christmas will still come.

The event will be held at the Roca Restaurant Bar & Grill on Thursday and will feature entertainment, a raffle and auction, organizer Stacey Hartley said.

Admission is $5 or a new toy.

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Hartley along with her daughters have been active in the fundraiser since its inception.

“I have been helping since I could walk,” Hartley’s 14-year-old daughter, Jordan, said.

Hartley and her girls will do the shopping for those children whose parents are in the Warren County jail, the state penitentiary or other facilities. Toys will also be bought and given out to other needy children in the city too, Hartley said.

“We go to all the stores and buy the toys. We will then go to the jail and sort them out by boy, girl, baby and teenagers,” Jordan said.

Depending on the amount of money and the number of toys given during the fundraiser determines how many gifts each child will receive.

In past years, Jordan said the children have received five gifts each.

Once the gifts are divided and tagged, the Hartley’s will wrap the presents that are to be distributed to the children.

“When the parents come to pick up the gifts at the jail sometimes they bring the children, and I get to meet them,” Jordan said, adding that for the young ones that do come Santa is there to visit with them.

Hartley has been helping with the fundraiser, since it began 17 years ago and Jordan said she plans to follow her mother’s example of helping those less fortunate when she gets older.

“I told mama she couldn’t stop doing this until I was old enough (to take it over),” she said.

Jammin’ For The Kids is set to begin at 6 p.m., and this year the fundraiser is dedicated to the memory of Steve Strong, Doug Frank and Wayne Mayes.

Entertainment will include musicians, John Howard Dennis & Friends, Mike & Marty & Co., Johnny Crocker, Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers Double Ramm Outlaws, Dagnabbit, Backwater and Steve, and “Possum” Strong. Carlton Rush, Andy Tadlock and Kemper Ehrhardt will provide sound.

Beyond Walls Ministries and the Warren County Chaplain’s office will also help with distributing the gifts to the children.

For more information, call 601-638-0800.


About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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