On December 6, KLLM held its annual Christmas Celebration for children at Stewpot Community Services in Jackson MS. As a result of employees' donations, the Richland MS-based refrigerated transporter provided gifts and a party for 61 children. Jim Richards, chief operating officer at KLLM, also presented the after-school care program with $3,500 collected by the company, making KLLM's total contribution of cash and gifts to more than $10,000.
Kazery “Redwood” Franklin, a KLLM tractor mechanic, dressed as Santa and presented each child at the party with a gift. Local KLLM driver Willie Taylor donned his Rudolph antlers and assisted Santa with presents. Not only did each child receive a gift at the party, KLLM made sure all of the children got gifts from their wish list on Christmas morning.
Planning for this event starts months in advance with a team of KLLM employees known as the Benevolence Action Team. They coordinate everything from planning and decorating to purchasing and delivering gifts. Members of the 2007 team were Jackie Cooper, Sherice Ford, Linda Kirk, Barbara Lambert, Tammie McCue, and Kathy Stacy.
KLLM has worked with Stewpot to host this Christmas celebration for the past eight years.