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JACKSON, Miss.—When Susan Christensen spotted the group of young boys at the end of the driveway, her 11-year old son among them, she knew something was up. As she approached, she saw the fireworks.

“Where’s your adult supervision,” she asked. The Brandon mother of two was following one of the main rules of fireworks safety, never allowing children to use fireworks without an adult present.


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JACKSON, Miss.—It was hard to tell it was four-year old Ethan’s first bicycle as he expertly pedaled across the gym floor of the Sunnybrook Children’s Home Tuesday night.

Though it was bright as Rudolph’s nose, the Huffy was almost lost in a sea of torn wrapping paper and excited children trying out many other toys as the Ridgeland children’s home celebrated Christmas a little early, thanks to a drive that netted toys for 81 kids.

Cindy Boatner of Benton first heard about the toy drive on a local radio station.


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RAYMOND, Miss.—Visitors to Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s gift shop have known for years that Jerry Hymel is a very talented man.

Now the President and First Lady know it, too.

Hymel is a master at crafting things in stained glass. He was chosen by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove as one of six Mississippi artists to create an ornament for the 24 foot-tall Christmas tree that stands in the Blue Room of the White House.


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JACKSON, Miss.—When’s the worst time of year for a tornado to strike and when it does, what should you do?

Get to an interior room of a building, says Tony Mastro. Get there quickly.


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JACKSON, Miss.—In the halls of the Methodist Rehabilitation Center they are affectionately known as “the ladies from Vaughn” and “the ladies from Vicksburg.”


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JACKSON, Miss.—At Methodist Rehabilitation Center the spirit of giving will be more evident than ever this holiday season as hospital staff line up to donate blood. Typically blood supplies fall during the holidays as people spend more time shopping or traveling and forget to donate.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Every year children die in accidents linked to toys and thousands more are treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries.

Dr. Rahul Vohra, medical director at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, encourages families to buy safe, age appropriate toys and to always remember to buy protective gear for all children who receive scooters, bicycles, skateboards and roller blades as gifts.


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JACKSON, Miss.—If you smoke cigarettes, you’re twice as likely to have a stroke.

It’s only one of many reasons why Methodist Rehabilitation Center is working to help its employees and patients quit smoking. Almost half of the Jackson hospital’s patients are stroke victims and smoking ranks as one of the leading risk factors.


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JACKSON, Miss.—For the denizens of Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s two-story Atrium Mall, there’s no surer sign of the holiday season than the sounds of the Christmas train chugging through the medical library.

The train has come to be known as the hospital’s harbinger of yuletide and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.


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JACKSON, Miss.—After two successful years, Methodist Rehabilitation Center is launching its third annual Christmas safety tag campaign.

The Jackson hospital’s safety and injury prevention program, Think First, and its certified safety super hero, Sammy Safety, will be in stores placing safety tags on bicycles, scooters, roller blades and skateboards to encourage parents to buy safety equipment along with wheeled toys—just in time for the Christmas shopping season.


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