Donation drive to provide Christmas packages for inmates now through Dec. 18

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West Side Journal

PORT ALLEN, La. (The West Side Journal) – City Council candidate Clerice Lacy is hosting the seventh annual donation drive to provide Christmas packages to inmates at the West Baton Rouge Parish Detention Center.

The project began in 2013 with the donation of 10 gift baskets and has since grown to more than 25 inmates receiving Christmas packages. This year, the West Baton Rouge Parish Library (830 N Alexander Ave.) has partnered with Lacy to provide a drop-off location for donations.

Lacy ensures items are equally distributed among the packages before donating them. The packages are distributed by Warden Rhonda Alleman and the Reentry Program Director LaMonica Butler with priority given to those inmates that are most in need.

“Our motivation is simply to be a blessing to a population of people that are overlooked or shunned upon because of being incarcerated,” Lacy said. “Our prayers are that they understand the love of God as their savior and that others receive blessings for their donations.”

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The West Side Journal, located in Port Allen, Louisiana serves as the official journal of West Baton Rouge Parish. The newspaper’s roots run deep in the West Baton Rouge community, as the earliest dates of publication reach back to the mid-1800s.

The current editor is Breanna Smith, an alumna of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication and native of Baton Rouge. Contributing writers to the Journal are members of the West Side community.

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