The Pilot Club of Louisville would like to take this opportunity to thank the many groups and individuals who made our Christmas in July party possible for
the children of the April 28th tornado.
Our fellow Pilots from The Japan District of Pilot International gave a generous gift of $5000 to fund our project. We also had gifts from Pilots in New Mexico as well as Mississippi. Our friends in The Pilot Club of Mantachie gave generously as well. Although we were not soliciting funds for the event, many individuals requested to donate money, supplies, or services to the cause.
Those groups and individuals included Wal-Mart; The Shriners; William Smith and friends of Delta State; Nell Whitehead; Martha Mills; Sacred Heart Catholic Church; Sandra Gates of Denham Springs, LA; Chad Fulcher; First United Methodist Church; Misty Wood and the University of Mississippi Medical Center Occupational Therapy Class of 2014; Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Starkville; Luann Mitchell; Martha and Sam Scroggins of Quitman, Texas; Alene Ingram; Kathy Smith at Jerry’s Flowers and Gifts and her generous suppliers from Burton & Burton of Bogart, Georgia and The Douglas Toy Company of Keene, New Hampshire; Nancy Autry; Honey Bees; Linda Whitehead; Dinah Smith; and Martha Ruth Parvin of Starkville. Our event received excellent coverage from WLSM, WTVA, WCBI, The Daily Times Leader of West Point, WinstonWebNews as well as our hometown paper, The Winston County Journal.
Carnette Hudson arranged transportation for a family with no means of travel while Rev. Stacey Parvin delivered our opening prayer. Fellow Pilots from the Mississippi District, Peggy Norman and Miriam Garner, joined us for the night as well as city officials, Frances Ball and Judy McLeod. Santa flew in for a historic visit all the way from the North Pole by way of West Point. Thank you, Santa, for your jolliness, patience, and words of wisdom for each child.
Many individuals and groups shared names of children with our club and helped us spread the word by social media. Due to their help 137 children came to our event. Each child was given a stuffed animal, sat in Santa’s lap, posed for pictures in our photo booth, enjoyed Santa’s favorite foods of milk and cookies, and received surprises, candy, and school supplies. As they left the building children were given $6000 of gift cards to our local Wal-Mart to replace lost toys. Special thanks go to the parents and grandparents of these children who shared them with us for the event. Smiles were everywhere!
The Pilot Club was founded in 1921 in Macon, Georgia and has been active in Winston County since 1946. With a focus on brain-related diseases and disorders the club motto is “Do More; Care More; Be More”. For more information about Pilot International visit our website at pilotinternational.org.
Kathy Sinclair, President Darlene Bane, Public Relations Chair