Holiday Season

Dec 2, 2013 3:05 PM by KATC

Programs look to help Acadiana residents this Christmas

97.3 the Dawg, KATC, Covenant United Methodist Church, the Stuller Family Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Acadiana are teaming up to give a few Acadiana residents a helping hand this Christmas. The program is designed to help those who are truly trying their hardest to help themselves but, for one reason or another, can't seem to get ahead.

Nominations must be e-mailed to Submissions should included contact information (email and phone number) of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination and a description of what your nominee is going through and how the program might be able to help. All nominations remain anonymous. The deadline for nominations is December 18.

Monetary donations may be made to the Helping Hands for the Holidays program at the Community Foundation of Acadiana. Volunteers who want to donate their time and talents to the program may e-mail

The Acadiana Homebuilders' Association's Professional Women in Business are hosting its Building a Better Christmas campaign this month. The group is looking for a family in Acadiana who, though no fault of their own, have come into hard times recently. One family will be selected from the pool of applicants.

Anyone can nominate any family for the program. Entries must include the deserving family's name, address and contact information; the name, address, and contact information for the person making the nomination; and the reason why the family deserves assistance during the holidays.

Entries must be e-mailed to The deadline for submitting entries is 5 p.m. On December 10.


Rhonda Deshotal, who owns Roni's Bowtique in Basile, started in November a food drive for needy families in her community. Five needy families were able to have Thanksgiving dinner -- turkey and all trimmings.
She has now started a toy drive for God's Children. With donations she was able to purchase a few gifts on Black Friday.
She is asking those who wish to donate to God's Children bring an unwrapped gift to her shop at 3030 Stagg Ave. in Basile from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All money will go to purchase new gifts and wrapping paper etc.

Kimberly Kendrick and her sister, Corinne Duhon, are looking for a family or families in need this Christmas so they can provide a Christmas meal, groceries, other necessities and toys for the kids. They hope to choose a family by Dec. 15. Their contact information is:
Kimberly Kendrick

Corinne Duhon

Our Lady of the Lake Church in Delcambre is giving out food baskets. They will collect food through Dec. 17 and are distributing on Dec. 20. The church will get candidate nominees for food distrubtion from schools, housing projects and local city officials that know of people in need. 206 W Church St, Delcambre. 337-685-4426.

P.A.R.E.N.T.S, Promoting ALL Relationships Essential to the Needs of Teachers and Students, is holding a toy drive through Dec. 16.

Toys will be distributed to needy students at all of the elementary schools in St. Landry Parish.
There's 22 elementary schools in St. Landry Parish. Their goal is to get 300 gifts, plus monetary donations for the toy drive.

Newly unwrapped toys for children ages 12 and younger and money so additional gifts can be purchased are being accepted.

The following locations are accepting donations through Dec. 16, and the group is still in need of drop off locations in Eunice.

Kappy's Korner
3512 Hwy 182
Opelousas, La.

Palmetto City Hall
Palmetto, La.

Opelousas City Hall
Opelousas, La.

Immaculate Heart of Mary
Personal Care Service Office
226 Lyons Street
Melville, La.

Moreau Physical Therapy
16309 Hwy 190
Port Barre, La.

LCM Physical Therapy
4027 I-49 south service road
Opelousas, La.

Pediatric Therapy Clinic
(2nd floor OGH South Campus)
Opelousas, La.

The Gussmans Photography
817 Napoleon Ave.
(Main Street of Sunset across from Cafe Josephine)
Sunset, La.

For more information, "like" the Facebook page "Parent Information - St. Landry Parish Schools" or email

The 2nd Annual Community Cares Holiday Care Package Drive will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 on the grounds of the Northgate Mall parking lot (corner of Castille and Moss St.)

Families of the Lafayette community can "pay it forward" by purchasing and donating items, donating online at or mailing monetary contributions to P.O. Box 91241, Lafayette, LA 70509.

The focus is on household items which will be used to create care packages that will be distributed to the families and individuals of Lafayette. Items needed are liquid detergent, laundry detergent, trash bags, dish towels, bath towels, drinking glasses or cups, dishes, eating utensils and cleaning products.

A few of the care packages will be donated to the Lafayette Fire Department which will be given to families and/or individuals who lost their homes to a fire.

Recipient families can be nominated. Priority will be given to families and individuals residing in the Lafayette community and if possible, care packages will be given to those living in the surrounding areas. If you have any questions, please call Tonya Ball at 337-255-5151 or email me at

Chive on Louisiana and Shelly's Frozen Sun have teamed up to host a Charity Toy Drive to Benefit Faith House of Acadiana.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Frozen Sun in Broussard, 201 Albertson Pkwy Ste A. Atendees are asked to bring unwrapped toys to receive a raffle to for their chance to win a price from the following donors: Cane's of Broussard; Kart Ranch; Clayfish Bisque, Inc; Albertson's of Broussard; Chabill's Tire in Broussard; Albertson's on Johnston; Tactical Defense International.

For more information, visit


Kids Without A Christmas

A collection of toys is being taken for the annual "Kids Without A Christmas" event in New Iberia. Organizers will be handing out a free drink and bowl of gumbo for those who drop off an unwrapped toy on December 7th. It will take place at Bourbon Hall in New Iberia, and it will help more than 20 families. For more information, you can call Marian Bienvenu at 967-5123.


Iberia Bank is collecting a number of items for local non-profit organizations this Christmas. The bank is collecting office supplies, clothing, baby supplies, and other goods that will benefit Acadiana charities.

The public is invited to donate these items and at Iberia Bank branches between now and December 31.


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