Posted: Nov 25, 2012 5:48 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Nov 25, 2012 10:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- Now that Black Friday is over, many shoppers say they're turning their focus away from the malls and over to the less fortunate.
"When you see the hordes and hordes of people spending money it automatically makes you think of the people you know don't have that kind of money to spend," says Paula Hoover.
The average shopper is expected to shell out nearly $800 on holiday gifts this year, hundreds of millions will be spent in all. But some say they will not only give to friends and family; they will giving to strangers.
"We work with the Food Bank, and my daughter and I work with Volunteers of America, " says Tammy Dellinger.
Michael Acaldo, President of St. Vincent de Paul of Greater Baton Rouge says the charity has been flooded with calls since Thanksgiving.
"There's a tremendous spike not only in giving but in need," Acaldo says.
Unfortunately, he says the calls do start dwindling after New Years. It's one tradition he hopes will end this season.
"Thankgiving Day is important, Christmas is important, but think about the other days in the year," adds Acaldo.