Rotary Club of Baton Rouge donates Christmas gifts to 100 children

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - The Rotary Club of Baton Rouge raised more than $15,000 in member donations to go toward a collection of items for each child that includes toys, a coat, clothing, underwear or diapers, socks, shoes, books and a scooter.

The organization is sponsoring the children as part of the Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge’s annual Angel Tree Giving Program. The Angel Tree is a national program that helps give millions of children new clothes and toys, whose families would otherwise not be able to afford them.

The children, ranging in age from newborns to 12-year-olds, receiving gifts are all from Baton Rouge and come from 38 families and will be delivered by the Salvation Army on December 16.

“While we have enjoyed a longstanding partnership with the Salvation Army and this wonderful program, this year’s donation is extra special because it is, by far, the most children we have ever supported,” said Sherry McBeath, executive director of Rotary Club of Baton Rouge. “We are sponsoring 100 kids this year in recognition of Rotary Club turning 100 years old in Baton Rouge in 2018. Our centennial celebration is an incredible milestone that we are honoring by doing what Rotary does best – serving our community.”

According to McBeath, The Rotary Club hopes to continue sponsoring 100 children with the Angel Tree program every year from now on.

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