Nearly 1,500 St. Charles Parish children ages infant to 16 years received gifts, mailed letters to Santa and experienced the magic of Christmas and the holiday season at the annual Toy and Gift Event held Dec. 10 at the at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center.
For the second consecutive year the event was open to all residents thanks to significant contributions by Toys for Tots, Valero, The Times-Picayune Doll & Toy Fund, United Way of St. Charles and the Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish. The parish’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program worked diligently on the giveaway, and volunteers from Public Works, the St Charles Parish Council, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hahnville High School, and Destrehan High School were also present.
“With the numbers of children that attended the event this yar, it shows we are moving in the right direction opening it up to all children of St. Charles Parish,” RSVP Director Jeanne Arabie said. “Seeing all the smiles and the faces of the little ones made our hard work worth it. It takes an army to pull this off, and I am so glad that RSVP has one.”