The 30 members of the Natchitoches Jaycees are indeed making smiles happen for around 600 area youngsters this Christmas season as they have for the past 24 years. The group’s “MASH Toy Drive” tent is a familiar sight as volunteers collect toys and donations from passing shoppers who add the area’s needy children to their own family’s holiday shopping lists.
The Jaycees hard work and the community’s generosity will go a long way in seeing that every child in the parish has something under the tree on Christmas morning. The MASH Toy Drive is one of several events the Jaycees sponsor to raise funds for worthy community causes, including the Jaycees Memorial Scholarship presented each year to an area student attending Northwestern State University. The Jaycees also sponsor the Jaycees Golf Tournament and the popular “Cookin’ on the Cane” BBQ contest.