Desoto County News

Community organizations assist Palmer Home for Children

The DeSoto Civic Garden Club (DCGC) and the Hernando Optimist Club are two organizations who contributed funds to meet the school needs of the children at Palmer Home in Hernando.

At the beginning of school in August for the past several years, the DCGC has provided backpacks for the children.  This year, the Hernando Optimist Club has joined them in providing the necessary school supplies to ensure a successful beginning for the 2021-2022 school year.

As Palmer Home receives no state or federal funding, their operation relies solely on donor generosity.  Throughout the year, DCGC seeks to continue to contribute to Palmer Home as one of its many philanthropy projects. 

The DeSoto Civic Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., Hills and Delta District. . 

Representatives from Palmer Home for Children who accepted the check from DCGC for the expense of backpacks were: (3rd and 4th from left) Molly Coleman, representing Community and Engagement and Dr. Andre Coleman, Education Specialist. Surrounding the staff at Palmer Home for this occasion were garden club members (left) Gonda Riggs, Sandra Stafford, and (far right) Toni Thompson, all members of the Philanthropy Committee of the DeSoto Civic Garden Club. (Provided photo)

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