Optimist Club Donates $5,000 to Local Charities

Meridian, Miss.

The Meridian Downtown Optimist Club Tuesday presented checks to five charitable organizations.

Members participate in fundraisers like the Pancake Jubilee to raise money.

This year's recipients included The Salvation Army, Christmas with a Cop, the Harley Davidson Toy Run, Wesley House and Cans for Kids.

The club also extended its Friend of Youth award to former Meridian parks and recreation director, Mark Naylor.