Wednesday, December 11, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – The United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR) in coordination with the St. John the Baptist Parks and Recreation Department distributed toys to over 450 children on Saturday, December 7 at REGALA Gymnasium. Parish President Natalie Robottom, Council Members Larry Snyder, Lennix Madere, Lucien Gauff and his daughter Cydney volunteered their time to help distribute the toys. Approximately 18 bicycles donated by parish residents were also raffled during the event.
In addition to receiving toys, children took pictures with Santa Claus, made Christmas arts and crafts, and were treated to a train ride, spacewalk, and horseback riding. The Swans of Praise of Milesville Memorial Baptist Church performed a liturgical dance and Christmas music played throughout the event. Free food and drinks were also provided. “The group did an excellent job of planning and coordinating this event. The numerous volunteers on hand from the Recreation Advisory Board, coaches and staff continue to give back to the community. This type of effort goes a long way toward uniting our community,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
Traci Powell, Assistant Coordinator of the USMCR, was extremely pleased with the turnout. “It was absolutely beautiful,” said Powell. “Looking around and seeing all those smiling faces, knowing it was because of the generosity of others is truly what Christmas is all about.”
Lucien Gauff, Councilman-At-Large Division A, said, “I really enjoyed the Toys for Tots event. Giving is truly better than receiving and to see those excited faces receive their gifts and for a select few to be able to ride off on their new bikes was priceless.”
The Toys for Tots program aims to provide Christmas gifts for children of families in need. The organization aspires to deliver, through the gifts, a message of hope that will assist them in becoming responsible and productive citizens.