JACKSON, Mississippi (WLBT) – The Mistletoe Market, the annual shopping event that kicks off the holiday season, is now underway.
It starts with a preview gala, but the event and three days of shopping is more than glitz and glamor.
The hard work that goes into preparing for the Mistletoe Marketplaces gala and shopping event pays off for Jackson’s nonprofits throughout the year. Operation Shoesstring is a benefactor.
Donations from the Mistletoe Junior League support children’s educational programs and more. Officials of Operation Shoesstring say the partnership has helped them provide a safe learning environment for the children they serve.
“Excellent partnership. One of the amazing things they did was help us with a significant investment in this renovated building that we are in. We just opened it just before the pandemic, ”said Operation Shoestring executive director Robert Langford.
More funding goes to lunches, presentations and social programs for children and teens who attend Stewpot’s after-school program and summer camp. For over 20 years, the Junior League has supported various Stewpot projects.
“He’s a really good partner to have on the other end of the phone. If there’s a critical need and we’re trying to find someone to meet it, ”said Stewpot CEO Jill Buckley. “They help us meet not only the physical needs, but also the social and emotional needs of children and adolescents. “
Mistletoe Marketplace donates approximately $ 1 million annually to more than 30 programs across the city.
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