Hundreds of volunteers give back on Christmas

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It is the season of giving! 
 
“It’s just amazing. So many people working and coming together to make this Christmas a reality for those in need,” said Michael Acaldo, the CEO of St. Vincent de Paul. 
 
This Christmas, just like every day, volunteers decided to give back and make sure those in need don’t go hungry. 
 
“That means that people really do care in our community, even though it’s hot, they didn’t let that stop them,” Acaldo said. “They’re out here making a real difference for those in need.” 
 
This is Dayna Jackson and her daughter Heronika’s first time at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room. Jackson said they didn’t come to eat, but to learn. 
 
“I was going to see how they were going to help everyone because my mom also helps people,” said Heronika Jackson. 
 
“Thanksgiving, Christmas, I give back too. I do suppers and plates,” said Dayna Jackson. “I give to the homeless under the bridge. It’s really nice to see the St. Vincent de Paul people giving back to the community and the homeless people that don’t have.” 
 
Turkey, sweet potatoes, rice and don’t forget about the cake, this annual Christmas lunch is not only a way to give back, but to shine light on a major issue still facing our community. 
 
“A lot of people are facing difficult times now, and this is the only way that they will get a meal,” said Mayor-President of Baton Rouge Kip Holden. 
 
“It means hunger is still in our community, and it’s great for people to respond,” Acaldo added. “My only request to the community is Christmas Day can be the beginning of the Christmas spirit not the end. It can carry us throughout the new year.” 
 
Volunteers served more than 900 meals Friday, but of course the need for help continues throughout the year.
 
If you still want to donate, Local 33’s Holiday Collection Drive for the Homeless is still going strong, just head to the link below to learn more about it. 
 
http://www.brproud.com/svdpcollection-drive

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