BR Proud: Employees of Local 33, Fox 44 celebrate Founder's Day by volunteering in community

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Nexstar stations across the nation, including Baton Rouge, spent Friday volunteering and giving back to their communities.

On this day back in 1996, Nexstar founder and CEO Perry Sook founded the Nexstar Media Group.

As part of our station's mission, team members are giving back to the community. 

“It's great to have y’all here,” St. Vincent De Paul director Michael Alcaldo said.  “It's been a spectacular way for yall to be giving back right here in our local community.”

At St. Vincent De Paul, between 500 and 1,000 people are served hot meals daily. Alcaldo said he wanted to do more. 

“When they stopped, we said we got to do something so that’s how Brown Bags was born,” Alcaldo said. “That’s what these Brown Bags are all about, giving a hand up of hope.”

Alcaldo said having extra volunteers is vital to making sure that those in need have food throughout the entire day. 

"This is critical because like I said, later today people they may go to bed hungry without this brown bag supper,” Alcaldo said. “It’s especially important for the children we serve so it's awesome to have the station here making a difference.”

Over at the Baton Rouge Food Bank, Local 33’s Jeanne Burns helped other volunteers by stocking and sorting donations. 

"At first it's a little overwhelming because there is so much stuff, but we found that if you sort, then, stack, then dump," Burns said. She said she looks forward to Founder’s Day of Caring each year.

"There's endless work to be done here, so someone needs to do it so it can get to where it needs to go and get to the people it needs to get to," Burns said. 

 

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