Recently, the Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness celebrated Christmas.
The 28th annual NAMI Ruston Christmas Banquet celebration was held on Dec. 16 at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center. It was a phenomenal success.
This event was attended by 130 persons, more attendees than at any other celebration or event NAMI Ruston has ever hosted. Gift bags were distributed to 49 consumers — persons receiving mental health services — in attendance.
It’s down to the stretch run for local March of Dimes fundraising efforts with the annual March for Babies set to wrap things up on May 10 at the Maxie Lambright Intramural Center on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.
Efforts to raise funds for the MOD go back to the winter, when events like the MOD Diaper Derby were held at halftime of the Lady Techsters-Alabama Birmingham basketball game at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Local schools have held “Blue jeans for Babies” days where students can donate money and be able to wear jeans to school that day.
This is my favorite time of year. Although we alluded to Christmas last week, now that it is December, may I be one of the first to wish you and your families the most blessed and wonderful Christmas. During the next few weeks, I wish to mention some of the history and wonder of this marvelous time of year that is so much a part of our way of life. I might add a few points of commentary along the way.