POSTED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 7:39pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 7:45pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — For most kids, Christmas is the best time of year, but for some, right here in the Capital City, they'll wake up Christmas morning with nothing under the tree.
However, there are groups working to change that. I'll introduce you to a few of those groups. They're leaders in our community who turn into Santa's helpers.
Every year, they help collect toys to give to kids in need.
"They're going to be ecstatic. Eyes popping, mouths wide open, "Wow, wee, oh, oh my." Reginald Brown, Baton Rouge City Constable exclaimed. "That's what you want to see. That's the expression that we look forward to see on the faces of our youth in our community."
The Needy of greater baton rouge donated hundreds of toys for kids who, otherwise, might not get anything for Christmas.
"Because of this group, we are able to serve the 3,000 plus kids between the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Baton Rouge City Constable's Office in our law enforcement Christmas Crusade for Children," Brown said.
However, they're not the only folks in Baton Rouge that give back. The Baton Rouge Bar Association does too.
"Staff volunteers throughout the Bar go out and try to fulfill those wishes for children and get them the toys and games that they hope for," Eric Lockridge of Kean Miller, said.
For the kids that are hoping for bikes, they get those too.
"It's important for us to give back to the community, and this is a great way for us to do that," Lockridge said.
For Mayor Kip Holden, giving back to the community is something he's proud of. That's why every Christmas, he teams up with Raising Cane's to bring gifts to the kids that have to spend their Christmas in the hospital.
"Just to see the families and a lot of times they're in here for a while, and it's something little and small to brighten their day," Gwen Graves of Raising Cane's said.
"To put a smile on a child's face after they are undergoing some serious treatments in a lot of areas," Holden said.
For all of these groups, one thing is the same.
"To watch the families and the smiles on their faces, it's a way of saying thank you," Holden said.
If you'd like to give back, you can contact any of these agencies: