BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) –A local nonprofit has donated $10,000 worth of food, cleaning supplies and toys to Baton Rouge families in need. 

“Project 70805” is a charity that’s known for its dedication to promoting social and economic growth in North Baton Rouge.

On Wednesday morning, the nonprofit hosted its eighth annual Christmas Wishlist Giveaway at a major retail store.

Recipients who attended the event expressed gratitude for the support.

One recipient, Brittany Jones, is a Baton Rouge-based mother of six. She told BRProud, “I think a lot of people look at you and think that you may have it all together. And don’t know what you go through to make things happen for your kids.”

Ever aware of the circumstances that many parents like Jones face, Project 70805’s executive director and founder Jason Hughes decided to expand this year’s giveaway.

Instead of only providing locals with toys, Hughes added essential items to the gift list.

Hughes said, “Toys are something that, kind of, lasts one day. Here today, gone tomorrow, type situation. But I think if we’re able to put something in households like groceries or household items like soap, detergent or whatever we can get, it stretches way past Christmas.”

A total of 40 families received gift cards ranging from $150 to $500, depending on needs. Ten of those families were surprised with an in-store shopping spree at Wal-Mart.

Jones said it’s been tough trying to make ends meet.

“I may not know how I do it sometimes, but it’s always – I always have blessing. Something always happens to where I’m able to get through what I’m going through,” said Jones.

Another recipient who felt deep appreciation for the event was a grandmother of 15 who told BRProud that Christmas is her favorite holiday and, incidentally, her last name is actually “Christmas.”

Christmas explained that it can be challenging to grant every wish on all 15 of her grandchildren’s holiday wishlist’s. But this year, she’s confident she can be a blessing to her family.

“I feel so great. I feel so good. I’m so proud to have fifteen grandchildren. I love them all,” Christmas said.

To learn more about Project 70805 and its other initiatives in the community, visit the organization’s website or Facebook page.