Parade held at Central United Methodist Church Friday morning

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Rain may have forced the parade indoors, but students at the Central United Methodist Church’s Children’s Center still had a good time.

“We’ve been working all week on raising money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and this is just kind of a climax,” says Glenda Thomas, the director of the CUMC Children’s Center. “We have fun with this, we get everybody involved, try get the parents involved, and all the classes kind of compete with each other to raise the most money.”

Not only is the fundraiser for a good cause, but the class that raises the most money and some students who raise the most money get rewards.

“They love it! They like all the costumes, they like to dress up so they love all the costumes and stuff and we’ll have awards,” Thomas says. “We’ll have Chapel in a couple of weeks and we’ll present awards at that program. The class that brings in the most money gets a pizza party, and the top-5 children are recognized that bring in the most money.”

The students learned about what St. Jude Children’s Hospital does and why it’s important for children to help other children.

“If your child ever has to go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the parents are not charged a cent, and so activities like this help raise money so that those parents, the only things they have to worry about is getting their child well,” Thomas says.

The deadline to give a donation is Monday. You can drop donations off at the Church in downtown Meridian.