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Speaking of MTK –

By Mary Kitchens

Have you noticed all the photo’s in the Mississippi’s Toughest Kids (MTK) office windows? You are welcome to come get the one or ones of your child…we’d love a donation in exchange but it isn’t required. Pictures can also be ordered from Melody and Ford Crews took these pictures at Trunk or Treat, thanks guys.

   Blake Smith of CS Graphics (over near Fred’s Dollar Store in Crystal Springs) did some free work for MTK and we really appreciate it and will be giving him some of our future business. This is a very nice young man, you should see him for your graphic needs.

We are very thankful to our Trunk or Treat sponsors: Lions Club, Rogel Ford, Crystal Springs Hardware, Kitchens Law Firm, Skinners Chevrolet, City Drug Store, Wilson’s Meat House, 27-55 Fuel Plaza, Midway Food Mart, Fred’s Dollar Store, and Ramey’s.

The estimated attendance was 2,500, not bad for a town of about 5,000. We have talked to someone about videoing Trunk or Treat next year, this guy is very good, does a lot of the commercials that you see on TV, and he has agreed to be with us next year. We are also expecting WLBT to be with us next year. Now knowing all that don’t you want to start planning to participate? We must have more cars. This year we had 22 cars to sign up but with the ability to use the entire street we could set up 50! The internet is full of great ideas on how to decorate your vehicle. Next year really needs to be the biggest and best.

Next week we’ll get back to the stories of my dad, Karl B Tooke. Think I’ll tell you about his father and the homemade “tonic”. Sometimes, though, you just have to stop and thank folks.
We are so thankful for our local support and, yes, lots of Hazlehurst folks showed up at Trunk or Treat.

Today we are packing (cookbooks, oven mitts, pot holders, jewelry, CDs, signs) for our trip to Lucedale for the Gingham Tree Festival this Saturday. Though we do make some money our primary goal is to spread the work about MTK by passing out brochures and talking to people.
We want the whole state to be Speaking of MTK and, by the way, MTK now has a weekly column in 9 Mississippi newspapers and 3 monthly papers.

Till next week, let’s keep speaking of MTK.

(P.O. Box 520, Crystal Springs, MS 39059; 601-892-1117;

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