Friday, December 18, 2015
In the spirit of giving, St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom, parish employees, Councilman Lucien Gauff, Councilman Marvin Perrilloux, and Councilwoman Jaclyn Hotard and two of her classes at Riverside Academy assembled thirty-six holiday gift boxes to help residents in need. Gift boxes filled with canned goods, non-perishable food items, and gift certificates for a turkey or ham from local grocers were distributed Friday morning in the Council Chambers in preparation for the upcoming holidays.
“Each year, parish staff and employees participate in a Christmas Gift Box project to help people in need throughout our community,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “St. John the Baptist Parish is a giving community, and parish employees and elected officials come together to provide families in need with a variety of food items for their Christmas meals,” added Robottom.
Gift Box recipients were selected from a prioritized list provided through the Health and Human Services Department. Local churches, St. John Ministry of Care, St. John United Way, and other local agencies may also be a source of help during the holiday season.