Access Health Louisiana (AHL) is giving back to the community by holding its second annual Jingle Bell Bash toy giveaway this Saturday at Esplanade Mall in Kenner.
Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn will cut the ribbon to open the doors to Access Health Louisiana’s Jingle Bell Bash at 10 a.m. The event lasts until 11:30 a.m.
“We look forward to this event each year. It’s wonderful to see our patients with their families and friends outside of the clinic setting,” said Chenier Reynolds-Montz with Access Health Louisiana.
Every child attending the event will receive a toy from Santa’s workshop while supplies last.
Healthy Louisiana Medicaid plans put up the funding to help make the event possible, while Louisiana Healthcare Connections came in as this year’s top sponsor.
“Access Health Louisiana is all about taking care of families and we’re excited to be able to put together an event of this scale for everyone to enjoy especially the children,” Reynolds-Montz said.
For a second year in a row, the nonprofit had a special St. Charles Parish resident donate a large amount of toys for the event.
Destrehan High student Amber Dillenhoffer donated nearly 300 toys to Access Health Louisiana. Dillenhoffer started collecting toys when she was little to give back to her community.
“I’m a Christian and we are called to give and serve,” Dillenhoffer said. “I just love the look on kids’ faces when they get a toy for Christmas when they might not get a present.”
Each year, she collects more and more toys and started partnering with the St. Charles Community Health Center, operated by AHL, last year. She said donating toys makes her happy.
In addition to free toys, families will also have a chance to win free prizes including: jewelry, watches, bicycles, gift cards and more. Mall stores will also offer special deals to families at the event. A DJ will play favorite holiday hits, local dance groups will perform and there will also be free health information from community partner groups such as: Nurse Family Partnership, the Office of Public Health, Louisiana Healthcare Connections, Healthy Blue Louisiana, Aetna and United Healthcare. Silk Me for Kids will also offer free holiday hairstyles to the first 100 children in line.