Thursday, October 6, 2005

Specialty tags boost cancer awareness

Staff Writer

Specialty tags are another way of donating to charitable organizations, according to Marshall County Tax Collector Betty Byrd.

Two tags approved for charity donations to raise cancer awareness are the St. Jude Children’s Hospital license plate and the Breast Cancer Awareness Tag.

Connie Johnson is the first to purchase a St. Jude tag which is being offered for the first time this year.

The specialty tags are being highlighted since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Johnson is both a breast cancer survivor as is Byrd and Barbara Gilliam with the tax office.

Johnson said she purchased the St. Jude tag since her son Alan died of cancer there.

Quite a number of charities have been approved by the Mississippi legislature for specialty tags, Byrd said, but organizations have to first apply and get approval with the state tax commission and presell 200 tags. The charity has to get approval from the legislature before it can presell its tags, she said.

Proceeds from the Breast Cancer Awareness tag go to the following: $12 to Central Mississippi Steel Magnolia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen; $12 to North Mississippi Affiliate of Susan G. Komen; $2 to state highway fund; $1 to State Tax Commission; $1 to Mississippi Department of Archives and History; $2 to Tax Collectors Commission; $1 to Mississippi Burn Center.

The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital tag proceeds provide $24 to St. Jude; $2 to the state highway fund; $2 to the Tax Collector Commission; $1 to the Mississippi Burn Center, $1 to the State Tax Commission and $1 to Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

The above figures were provided by Byrd.

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