Baird Trust Gives to Charitable Groups

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Meridian, Miss. The W.R. Baird Charitable Trust was established in 1978 and is managed by Citizens National Bank.

The account started with less than $200,000 and is now worth close to $5 million.

Distributions from the account were presented Wednesday to non-profit organizations totaling $76,633.
An additional $2,500 grant was awarded to The Montgomery Institute on behalf of CNB.

Officials with the bank say this is a great way to serve and build the community.

"That's the premise of this trust, to keep support local, to make it efficient, and to give it out to folks who can really touch people and make and fill needs that may otherwise be missed," said Lee Meyer, executive vice-president of Citizens National Bank's Wealth Management Division.

In his will, William Robert Baird requested that the income from his charitable trust account be used to support persons, institutions, and organizations that serve the poor people of Mississippi and Louisiana.

The following organizations received grants: Care Lodge, Multi-County Community Service Agency, L.O.V.E.’s Kitchen, Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity, Mississippi Special Olympics, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Boy Scouts of America (Disadvantaged Campers Fund), Catholic Charities, the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army of Meridian, the Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi, and Hope Village for Children.