The City of Leesville and the Mayor's Women's Commission are reaching out to local businesses, churches, and civic organizations to band together with them to provide opportunities for deployed soldiers' families.

The City of Leesville and the Mayor's Women's Commission are reaching out to local businesses, churches, and civic organizations to band together with them to provide opportunities for deployed soldiers' families. 

Some suggestions that businesses, churches, and civic groups can volunteer to host are-- potlucks/picnics/dinners, game day/night, movie day/night, swim day, interactive music events, parents' day out (providing babysitting), visits to local sites (Christmas tree farm, museums, etc.), fishing, bowling, skating, golfing, tennis, tea party at Hazel's Tea Parlor, Exhibits on-the-Go, classes in knitting, crocheting, embroidery and cooking, flower arrangement, girls' day out (nails, massage, facial), day out on a farm, hayride, horseback riding, hiking trails, and tours of Lion's Camp, Hodges Gardens, local lakes, Leesville.

Residents may also adopt to adopt-a-family which could include check-in calls, coffee, meals, and get-togethers. The suggestion is that there would be approximately five of these encounters with the "adopted family" per deployment period.

Donna Jones, of the Mayor's Women's Commission, said these events do not just have to be in Leesville. They can extend throughout Vernon Parish or even state-wide.

Any business, church, or civic organization interested in taking on some of these activities should get in touch and submit ideas by June 21.

For additional information or to submit ideas, contact Olivia McKee at 337-208-2041, ocm343@yahoo.com; or Donna Jones at 501-701-0433, djinar@aol.com.