Keltric and Sarah Lockett kicked off this school year the same way they have for the past six years – by hosting their annual Back to School Giveaway.
The Locketts, along with a bevy of community support, handed out over 400 bookbags filled with school supplies to St. Charles Parish students Sunday.
Their inspiration to start the event, which has grown over the years, were the parents they knew who couldn’t afford school supplies for their children.
“Sarah is from Boutte and I’m from Killona and we wanted to do something to give back to the community,” Keltric said. “We started out only giving to Killona and now we are giving to the whole St. Charles Parish and anyone who wants to come out. We get a great amount of support from the people who donate, and they come out and help with serving food to the kids and passing out supplies.”
Keltric said this year’s giveaway was bolstered with support from the Killona Fire Department, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg and Alice Champagne, Wade Scott and Ashton Noel of the Killona Landfill, Raymond Coleman with 3’s Properties, Rick Whitney, the Crab Factory in Des Allemands, Judge for Division C Connie Aucoin, Councilwoman-At-Large for Division B Holly Fonseca, Councilwoman for District I La Sandra Darensbourg Gordon, Bourgeois Gas Station and others.
“It’s a wonderful feeling that you get knowing you’re helping others,” Sarah said. “The best part of the giveaway is the number of kids that come out and the smiles on their faces and knowing that we can be a blessing to someone else.”
The school supply giveaway isn’t the only community event organized by the couple, who reside in Boutte. For the past eight years they have organized a holiday toy drive to ensure children from economically disadvantaged homes have a fun and memorable Christmas.
“We thank God that we, along with the people who donate, are able to be a blessing to other people,” Sarah said.