NEW ORLEANS, La (BRPROUD) – Toys will be distributed to children in southern Louisiana by Toys for Tots due to a partnership with The Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation.
“I know it has been a challenging year for the entire state of Louisiana due to the destruction left by Hurricane Ida, so it brings me great joy to be able to provide gifts to children across our region who have been impacted by the storm, and those in the greater Birmingham area who are in need of hope this holiday season,” Gayle Benson said in a press release.
“So many families suffered devastating loss when Hurricane Ida made landfall in late August,” said retired Marine Colonel Ted Silvester, vice president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “While those communities have been working hard to rebuild and restore homes, schools and businesses, many families continue to struggle to make ends meet which is amplified during the holidays.”
Silvester says that the donation will allow Toys for Tots to deliver support to over 100,000 children in coastal Louisiana and Alabama who may not receive gifts due to families being impacted by the hurricane.
“We are fortunate to have received such generous support from the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation whose community service goals certainly align with those the Marine Corps has promoted for over 74 years through the Toys for Tots Program,” Silvester said.
The toy distribution began in early December and ends Christmas Eve. The last toy distribution will be at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church La at 10 a.m. The church is located at 1803 N Johnson Street in New Orleans, La.
“The Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation is grateful for the tireless work that Toys for Tots is undertaking to distribute these gifts throughout our communities in time for the holidays,” Benson said.