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Helping Hands event a success

The Ira Joe/White Hall Baseball Field in the White Hall area was filled with the sounds of summer as students prepared for school.

The annual Myron’s Helping Hands Book Bag Giveaway took place and more than 150 children had the chance to get school supplies and enjoy food and fun during the day.

“We had five stations set up for them to go,” Osha Surles, one of the organizers, said.

“We had the first station set up for them to register and the second was the book bag station. Table 3 was the knowledge is power table, where they could get notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and other school supplies. Table 4 was where the kids could get their faces painted and at Table 5, we had refreshments. We had all kinds of things for the kids to do.”

In addition to a jumper and other activities, there was a special location to help parents prepare for the school year.

“We had a table with some school uniforms and clothes for those folks that needed them,” Surles said. “This makes our fourth year doing the book bag drives. We have bags for all ages in assorted colors and designs. We select a different area each year and this year we are in the White Hall area.”

Myron’s Helping Hands Foundation was created in honor of Surles’ late uncle Myron Surles. He was fire chief of the Hicks Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

Surles said the non- profit organization based out the Lowndes County area since December 2014 and gives back to the communities within the surrounding areas and help where resources are needed.

“Our mission did not start from our own desire but the from the heart of our fallen family member Myron Surles. He is the inspiration that sparked this journey today,” she concluded.