POSTED: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 5:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) —
Christmas came a few days early for some children in our area, all thanks to the generosity of the community and St. Vincent de Paul.
Smiles, excitement and joy filled little faces Saturday.
“The spirit of Christmas is alive here thanks to a lot of good people,” said St. Vincent de Paul President, Michael Acaldo.
These children were given Christmas gifts a few days ahead of schedule.
“They think its coming from Santa’s workshop,” said mother, Edrina Miles.
More children than ever are living in poverty, right under our noses.
“There s a tremendous amount of needy kids in our community,” said Acaldo. “Louisiana always ranks either first or second in the number of children that are living in poverty in the whole country.”
Saturday meant a whole lot more, especially to the Cavaliers.
“Sometimes for Christmas I don’t get anything,” said Mi’aniah Cavalier.
“This is a blessing from god because there are a lot of single women out here trying to please their children,” said Jennifer Cavalier.
It’s not just the recipients with smiles on their faces.
“It means a lot because they are always so sweet and the cutest things ever,” said volunteer, Jenny Avery.
The volunteers all had big grins on their faces as children passed by.
“All five of my children are her helping out an we help out every year and they love it its part of our family tradition,” said volunteer, Sandy Avery.
So now children like Melaki can say Santa did make a visit this year, just a little bit early.
St. Vincent de Paul gives out gifts every year during the holidays and continues to help people in need in our community every year.