St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Marques Colston, Blessed to be a Blessing Organization Host Christmas Toy Giveaway

Marques Colston, Blessed to be a Blessing Organization Host Christmas Toy Giveaway

Monday, January 7, 2013

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Marques Colston partnered with local non-profit organization Blessed to be a Blessing to host a toy giveaway for  30 children in the St. John Housing Authority.  The event was held on December 20 at REGALA Gym in Reserve just before the Christmas holiday.  The event began with pizza and drinks before each child received a bag filled with Christmas toys.  The children also posed for individual photos with Colston and received a keepsake picture. “It is truly a blessing to impact a community in this way,” said Colston. He added, “Having the opportunity to provide toys to those who really need them is what Christmas is all about.”

Parish President Natalie Robottom, Councilman District V Michael Wright and Councilman District VI Larry Snyder attended the toy giveaway in support of the program. "Mr. Colson is no stranger to St. John and his generosity and humbling demeanor has not gone unnoticed", said President Robottom.  Colston’s wife Emily, his son Austin, and his mother, brother and sister were also on hand to distribute toys and pizza. “It was a pleasure having Mr. Colston and his wonderful family here in St. John Parish to support the youth of our parish,” said Councilman District V Michael Wright.

Eliza M. Eugene, Blessed to be a Blessing President, said it was her goal to make the children feel like they have not been forgotten about as she once felt in her youth. “Children need to feel encouraged and inspired especially during Christmas despite their home or financial situations,” said Eugene. She said, “I was given to and to whom much is given, much is required.” 

Blessed to be a Blessing was established in 2001. The foundation aims to improve the well-being of the community in St. John Parish from children to elderly through community initiative programs. For more information on Blessed to be a Blessing, visit