Thursday, December 20, 2018
St. John the Baptist Parish – Due to the generosity of Parish President Robottom and her staff and contributions from the Parish Council and Assessor Lucien Gauff, Christmas will be a little brighter for several St. John parish families. In what has become an annual tradition under Robottom’s tenure, parish officials and employees team up to assemble food boxes and baskets for families in greatest need during the holidays.
In the spirit of giving, donations of non-perishable food items, holiday fixings, children’s activities and more, were distributed Thursday morning to families identified by the Department of Health and Human Services. Gift cards to local grocers were also donated for each family to buy a turkey or ham.
All items were purchased and donated personally by each participating group. Overall, more than 27 families received food boxes or baskets this year with over 120 families receiving donations in past years. “There is as much joy in giving as there is in receiving, especially during this time of year. Many of us are very fortunate and take great pride in serving the community and being able to give back to the community we serve,” said President Robottom. “I want to thank Parish employees and officials for their contributions and wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.”
Additional resources for needy families may be available through local churches and the St. John Ministry of Care.