Holiday Helpers spread Christmas cheer
BATON ROUGE - The Constable's Office helped spread some Christmas cheer by dropping off gifts to two families on one street who have 16 kids between them.
Santa rolled up in his sleigh Tuesday night, dropping off bicycles and toys for the children, who weren't expecting gifts.
"They think I'm going to take them to the mall to see Santa Claus," said Lt. Carla Reed with the Constable's Office.
Instead, Santa took some time off from his workshop in the North Pole and came to Baton Rouge.
Each child sat on Santa's lap and told him what they wanted for Christmas.
"Some kids in the neighborhood here have never had an opportunity to have a sitting with Santa Clause," said Constable Reginald Brown. "They've seen him on TV, seen him in the distance, but never close up."
The Baton Rouge City Constable's Reserve, volunteer programs and Holiday Helpers made the visit possible. It was Reed who saw the need for the Christmas spirit.
"I think all kids should have that opportunity to enjoy Christmas the way it should be enjoyed," she said.
Toys and donations were given by the community. This is the 29th year for Holiday Helpers.