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Junior League of Jackson donates $400,000 to Children's of MS Campaign

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Junior League of Jackson has made a big contribution to The Campaign for Children's of Mississippi.  

A $400,000 donation was presented Tuesday.  

The donation represents gifts from a League endowment fund held at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, as well as fundraising efforts of the Junior League of Jackson, like Mistletoe Marketplace.

"We've been very frugal this past year, and we wanted to give those funds to support Children's of Mississippi in this expansion, which will benefit children and families throughout the state," said Melanie Hataway, Junior League President.

The Campaign for Children's of Mississippi is a $100 million fund drive to expand and update its space dedicated for pediatric care including an enlarged and renovated neonatal intensive care unit, more rooms for the pediatric intensive care unit, more operating rooms and the creation of an imaging clinic especially for pediatric patients, according to a press release from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  

A new pediatric clinic will make care for outpatients more convenient and comfortable for families. Expansion of the Children's Heart Center is also on the drawing board.

The donation takes The Campaign past the halfway point in just under a year.

Children's of Mississippi is an umbrella organization that includes Batson Children's Hospital as well as all UMMC pediatric care.

The Junior League of Jackson is a longtime supporter of pediatric care at UMMC. The group has raised funds used to construct the Children's Cancer Center, which opened in 1992, and has sent hundreds of volunteers to Batson Children's Hospital for programs ranging from the Rockin' Mamas in the neonatal intensive care unit to car seat safety and parties for patients.

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