Volunteers dedicate their Christmas morning to giving back to the Baton Rouge community

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- On Christmas Day St. Vincent de Paul gave away hot meals and toys for those in need in the capital city.

“We’re sharing the Christmas spirit here at St. Vincent De Paul everything from hot traditional Christmas meal to toys for the children,” said Micheal Acaldo, President and CEO St.Vincent De Paul.

Acaldo says their need has increased because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We have seen a lot of people for the first time a lot of people who typically hadn’t has to come to St. Vincent De Paul,” he said.

Frances Johnson has been volunteering for five years. She comes back every year to see the children smile.

“I’m always happy to help somebody else,” said Johnson. “We had to wrap 3,000 toys. “This ensures each kid will get toys for Christmas.” 

Giving back is their priority but it hasn’t been easy this year due to the impacts of the pandemic.

“It takes the support of the community. Everything we buy that’s not donated costs more too,” said Acaldo.

The organization will have served over 200,000 meals by the end of 2021.

Those interested in volunteering or donating can visit here.

“We open our hearts and our minds and really try to make a difference,” said Acaldo.

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