Young Humanitarian of the Year

The biography of Charles Young, Sr. is impressive by any standard. Among his volunteer work is picking up children from Meridian's public housing developments each Sunday to take them to church and lunch. He was instrumental in bringing Head Start to Mississippi, which focuses on pre-school education. Junior Auxiliary is also dedicated to children's issues.

"He has given so much to the community and to the children. We emphasize the children and work with the children in the community. We feel like Mr. Young deserves a big applause for his Head Start work and all the work he's done with Hope Village," said Delita Waldron, president of Meridian Junior Auxiliary.

Young said he's honored to be recognized by an organization that makes children its priority.

Young also sponsors a tennis camp each year, to share his love of the game with children who might not otherwise be encouraged to enjoy the sport.

Even after undergoing heart bypass surgery last year, Young is going strong, having returned to work as president of E.F. Young Manufacturing and in the Mississippi House of Representatives, where he has served for 25 years.