Parish President Natalie Robottom and her staff donated food items for families in need during this holiday season. The Health and Human Services Department supplied the names of families in St. John the Baptist Parish who needed extra help during the holidays. During these difficult economic times, the demand for assistance is greater than normal. However, employees of the Parish supported the new initiative overwhelmingly.
Numerous donations were received from Robottom and her staff and volunteers within the office spent hours sorting and packaging food items for delivery. Robottom and her staff were able to deliver food to over 30 families in St. John the Baptist Parish. Each delivery consisted of the fixings for a holiday meal and a voucher for either a turkey or a ham. All remaining food items were delivered to New Wine Christian Fellowship for distribution as needed.
This was a first time event for Robottom and her staff, but is likely to become an annual event. "As we visited with families throughout the parish, we were greeted with sheer surprise that someone was thinking of them during the holiday season. Everyone was very appreciative of our efforts and the fact that their Parish President was making the deliveries was an added surprise, said Parish President Natalie Robottom. Robottom and her staff were not the only ones making deliveries, as they crossed paths with several other good Samaritans throughout the day. Robottom said, "Seeing the smiles and receiving hugs from recipients made it all worthwhile."