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Taney County Junior Auxiliary Awarded for Community Service | News Free

The Taney County Junior Auxiliary received the American Revolutionary Girls National Society’s Taneycomo Chapter Community Service Award on Monday, November 15, at the DAR meeting, held at the Presbyterian Church Forsyth Community.

Taney County Junior Auxiliary President Paula Eighmy and Vice President Colleen Niell accepted the award on behalf of the organization, according to a JATC press release.

The JATC organized several community service programs in the area to win the award. Including the Kindness Effect Project, which delivered cards with handwritten encouraging messages to seven nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Taney County during COVID-19 restrictions of 2020. The first batch of over 400 cards was written by students at the College of the Ozarks Keeter Center, JATC members, their grandchildren and local children, the statement said.

Another program is the Tender Critters Project, which provides stuffed animals to organizations in the area that comfort children in stressful situations, including; Cox Hospital in Branson, police departments, sheriff’s departments, fire departments and emergency responders.

Some of the other JATC projects throughout the year include: The Ball Gown Project, Birthday Parties for Children Living at the Taney County Women’s Crisis Center, The School Supplies Project, The Project book exchange that delivers books to underprivileged children, scholarships for Taney County students and Scholar Care, a project designed to provide support and encouragement to students who are living their first time away from home.

JATC is a non-profit organization, founded in 1997, and is affiliated with the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. Their mission is to improve the lives of children in Taney County and their projects are designed to achieve the virtues of charity, youth, health, community service and leadership among members and those they serve.

JATC funds these projects through their annual Trivia Night event, Belk Charity Days, Mr. G’s, Harter House receipts, Amazon Smile, and grant writing. For more information, visit