St. Vincent de Paul to give gifts to needy children, provide traditional Christmas meal

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Photo courtesy of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Greater Baton Rouge.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Greater Baton Rouge will host an event starting at 9 a.m. Saturday in which St. Nick will distribute gifts to needy children at the organization’s Dining Room located at 220 St. Vincent de Paul Place.

Bishop Michael Duca will dress as St. Nick, and he and community volunteers will continue the 20-year tradition of helping homeless and needy children around Christmas.

People can donate new toys for babies and children up to 12 years old at the Dining Room. Anyone interested in donating new toys can call (225) 383-7837, extension O, for more information.

Financial donations to help with this year’s toy effort can be sent to St. Vincent de Paul, P. O. Box 127, Baton Rouge, LA 70821. Financial donations can also be made online at svdpbr.org.

The organization will host a Christmas meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas day, and more than 150 volunteers will work to serve the community’s hungry and homeless population.

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