News & Events


January 28th, 2009

Tuesday, January 27th not only marked Operation Shoestring’s first board meeting of the year, but also the arrival of three new board members. The trio includes Donna Barksdale, Jonathan Lee, and Trey Waterloo.

Pictured L – R: (Back) Jonathan Lee, Donna Barksdale, Board President Doug Boone, Executive Director Robert Langford (Front) Board Vice-President Dorian Turner and Trey Waterloo

Operation Shoestring’s entire 2009 Board of Directors is:
Doug Boone: President
Dorian Turner: Vice President
Wade Overstreet: Treasurer
Evelyn Edwards: Secretary
Donna Barksdale
Ken Barton
Chris Bell
Cecil Brown
Debra Brown
Lee Bush
George Evans
James E. Graves, Jr.
Jonathan Lee
LeMoyne Martin
Vickie Mason
Sally Molpus
Lamar Nesbit
Trey Porter
Mary Largent Purvis
Chris Ray
Melinda Ray
Keith Tonkel
Trey Waterloo
Primus Wheeler


January 5th, 2009

Operation Shoestring is one of five community partners behind the Stamp Out Drop Out [SODO] program. Jerry Mitchell has written a front-page article for today’s Clarion-Ledger on male high school completion rates in Mississippi. It includes comments from former Secretary of State Dick Molpus, executive director of The Parents’ Campaign Nancy Loome, 100 Black Men’s Robert Gibbs, State Superintendent Hank Bounds, and assistant superintendent for Clinton Public Schools Tim Martin. To read the article click here: Males in Miss. at Risk of Not Finishing School

For more information, go to the following websites:
MS Dept of Ed Office of Dropout Prevention
On the Bus – MS’s Dropout Prevention Program


December 30th, 2008

As we prepare to ring in the New Year, Shoestring’s 40th year draws to a close. It has been a productive year, and a wonderful four decades. We never lose sight of the fact that the following four blog entries would not be possible without the thoughtful and generous support of all of you. Thanks very much!


December 30th, 2008

On December 17th, Project KIDS celebrated the season with a Christmas program at the Ellen Harris Center on Bailey Avenue. The children read Bible verses, shared personal meanings of

Christmas, and sang carols – in English and Spanish.

To see photos from the Christmas Program, click here.

To see video clips of songs, click the individual titles below:

01 Jingle Bells 02 Oh, Christmas Tree
03 We Wish You A Merry Christmas 04 Feliz Navidad
05 Away in a Manger 06 Joy to the World 07 Silent Night


December 30th, 2008

On December 19th, the North Jackson location of Target graciously donated three pre-decorated Christmas trees to the United Way of the Capital Area. In addition to the Center for Violence Prevention and MADCAAP, the United Way designated Operation Shoestring as one of the recipients of these trees.

Shoestring presented the tree to the family of Tynisha Edwards. The 12-year-old attends Rowan Middle School and is a member of the Stamp Out Drop Out [SODO] prevention project. Operation Shoestring and the United Way are two of the five community partners behind SODO.

Special thanks go to the North Jackson Target, as well as, the United Way’s Carol Burger (President and CEO) and Jenny Spieker (Relationship Manager).


December 30th, 2008

Temple Waddell works locally for international diabetic supply company Novo Nordisk Inc. For Christmas, she conducted an office toy drive for one of our neighborhood families with a diabetic child. Temple’s generous effort was presented to the family of Shantwanette Austin – one of Shoestring’s Christian Children’s Fund participants. Thanks to Temple and Novo Nordisk for brightening Shantwanette’s Christmas.

Pictured from left to right, Latamarah Boykins (sister), Cordarius Fleming (cousin), Shantwanette Austin, Temple Waddell


December 30th, 2008

As part of Shoestring’s annual Angel Tree toy distribution program, the Jackson Medical Mall foundation helped sponsor dozens of families with wrapped gifts. On December 22nd, members of the foundation were on hand at the Ellen Harris Center to present the presents. The Medical Mall Foundation is a long-time community partner with Shoestring, and Executive Director Primus Wheeler serves as the Secretary of Shoestring’s Board of Directors.


December 5th, 2008

For 40 years, Operation Shoestring has looked to the entire metro area to give a boost to one of inner-city Jackson’s most disadvantaged communities. And on Tuesday November 25th Shoestring provided nearly 450 Thanksgiving dinners for neighborhood senior citizens and families.

The families were selected from Shoestring’s existing database of previous food bank recipients. Operation Shoestring maintains a food pantry, and distributes boxes nearly every Tuesday to those who qualify.

For the 15th consecutive year, American Medical Response (AMR) delivered donated turkeys for our community seniors. Other partners providing turkeys, other food, or financial support included Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance, The Brunini Law Firm, The Magnolia Bar Association, The Mississippi Association for Justice, Wingfield / Central Neighborhood Development Assocaition, John R. Archer Masonic Lodge #714, Jackson WIN Center, LeFleur Paper, International Paper, and Northminster Baptist Church.

>>>>>For more pictures of the wonderful occasion click here.


December 5th, 2008

Back on November 11th, Shoestring honored this past year’s top donors with a reception in the building at Banner Hall. In addition to being formally thanked for their generosity, the guests watched a preview of Shoestring’s new promotional clip. The animated spot is completely comprised of drawings made by the children in our Project KIDS after-school program. It will be available online in the near future.
>>>>>For more pictures of the evening and the promo, click here.


November 7th, 2008

For the 7th year in a row, Operation Shoestring staged a Pumpkin Painting Party for Project KIDS at the Ellen Harris Center. Last Wednesday afternoon began with Ms. Jefferson reading some spooky Halloween stories to the eager listeners. Then after filing into the next room, the children braced for the artistic contest. Everybody was given just 10 minutes to paint the best jack-o-lantern they could. When the brushes settled, the finished projects reflected both realist and impressionist techniques. And the occasion was topped off with cupcakes, lemonade, and party favors for all.

On hand to help celebrate were local VIPs Carol Burger President/CEO of the United Way of the Capital Area, her VP of Community Impact, Ira Murray, and WAPT producer / reporter Crystal Hilliard. Doug Caver graciously provided refreshments, and the law firm of Adams and Reese kindly supplied the pumpkins.

>>>>For many pictures of the Pumpkin Painting Party, click here.