150 families and seniors unsponsored for The Community Comes Together for Christmas
The opportunity to sponsor a family is now closed, but you can still help by making a donation here and designating your gift for "Christmas Sponsor a Family" or "Christmas Lights" to help out with a utility bill year round.
“Never have we had so many families remaining on our wish list at this late date,” said David Aguillard, CCDBR Executive Director. “It’s a problem we’ve never had to face, but we’re worried that Christmas won’t happen for them.”
This year CCDBR prescreened and verified over 500 families and seniors in its Community Comes Together campaign. Most are clients like families affected by disaster, new mothers served Sanctuary for Life, or refugees resettled by the agency. Many of unsponsored are seniors enrolled in other agency programs like Foster Grandparents (Note: No more families will be added to the list.)
To become a sponsor, donors sign up here, and then choose a specific family or senior to sponsor. Donors can purchase gifts on their sponsored families wish lists includes clothing sizes, shoe sizes and gifts most desired. They may elect to either remain anonymous and drop off gifts at the agency’s Santa’s workshop or deliver them to the family directly. Donors can also choose to make a cash donation to help buy gift cards for the unsponsored families.
“Our program is unique. Rather than anonymously dropping a toy in a barrel, CCDBR’s program is more about building relationships and bringing hope to families who have so little by those of us who are fortunate to have so much,” said Aguillard.
“The wish lists don’t include just toys,” continued Aguillard. “Most lists include simple household goods, blankets, towels … simple everyday items we all take for granted but for a family or senior living in poverty, it’s a blessing.”
“We believe that the multiple disasters that hit our area might be part of the reason sponsorships are lagging, but we’re confident that the good people of Baton Rouge will come through to make Christmas joyful for these families in need,” said Aguillard.