East Texas women pay it forward - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

East Texas women pay it forward

By Sara Story - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Today, hundreds of East Texans spent their Saturday making positive changes for years to come. The celebration of 60 years of service should have come with a party, but not today. Instead, members of Tyler's Junior League partnered with more than twenty local non-profit agencies to give back.

The organization, beginning with a few volunteers, now serves all of East Texas.  A group of East Texas women teamed together to serve their community in 1950. "We began as Tyler Service League, and about ten years later, we were able to become a Junior League," said Rebecca Ballard, the Day of Service chairman.

Ballard says the Junior League of Tyler has kept their founders' dreams alive throughout the years. They've made visions like the art museum and blood bank in Tyler a reality. "It's women that want to make the place they live better and women that realize that there are people that need help," said Ballard.  

To celebrate years of hard work, Tyler Junior League decided to give more. League members volunteered over 800 hours in just one day. On one side of town, they helped with Habitat for Humanity. "We are caulking and painting and priming all the walls," said Jo Lampton, a volunteer.

On the other side of town, where paintbrushes were out of sight, women spent time with children in crisis at Azleway Boys Ranch. Volunteer Diane Mezayek, says the smiles on their faces make giving up her day worth it. She added, "They're super excited we're here to play with them. They helped us unload and load and tie legs together for the three-legged race. The energy level has been high."

No matter the project, Ballard says the Junior League is ready to help you. She said, "The more we know the needs of the community, the more we can help."

Copyright 2009 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:14:50 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
  • Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:08:11 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
  • Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:43:21 GMT
    Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly