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The Elders Tootsies project

The Junior Civitans are exemplifying the season of giving with their recent project designed to gift socks to the elderly. The Second Annual Warming Elders Tootsies project has concluded, collecting over 1,286 socks.

“Last year this project was an overwhelming success reaching our original goal four times over. I’m excited to say that now, in our second year of this project, that it has grown, now covering all the major cities in North Louisiana. We will be distributing socks in each of these cities, Shreveport, Bossier, Minden, Ruston, and West Monroe,” said Ethan Jeffus, Junior Civitan International Director.

This was a group effort with the participants being businesses across North Louisiana towns. All of the socks donated are gifted to residents of local nursing homes during a party thrown for them. 

“I believe it’s projects like this that show together we can be the change. It’s a great honor to be able to say that in our second year of this project it has grown covering cities from Shreveport to West Monroe and that this year we more than doubled last year’s collection with over 1,286 socks,” said Jeffus.  

A party was hosted on Dec. 7 in Downtown Minden to celebrate the growth and amount of socks collected across the region this year. In the coming weeks leading up to Christmas, the socks will be gift wrapped and given to nursing home residents across North Louisiana.

“I would like to thank everyone who played a part in making this project a success, from small business owners to individuals who were so enthusiastic to help. I’m greatly privileged to be a part of a project that has brought communities together over the holidays to support our elderly” said Jeffus.