GONZALES, LA (FOX44) — Imagine going to look under the tree Christmas morning and not having any presents. Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish wanted to make sure that didn't happen to kids in their area.
Deputies from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office spent Saturday morning playing santa.
The sheriff's office bought dozens of presents and toys thanks to community donations and volunteers for their annual Christmas crusade.
"We only do residents of Ascension Parish so all the gifts and contributions stay here locally," Janet Fontenot, with the APSO, explained.
Around 650 needy kids received $30 worth of toys plus a hand painted wooden collectable.
"They go to school and everybody has ipod minis and dirt bikes and whatever and i got nothing. At least they are getting something," Fontenot said.
Michael Davis brought his foster son to the event.
"Since he's been such a nice kid thought i'd get him a little treat," Davis replied.
Gift recipients said the program helped perk up spirits for those going through a hard time during the holidays.
"It feels very nice, lovely. At least you know somebody still cares about Christmas and stuff like that. Still given the spirit of Christmas back," Davis said.
"We are honored to be able to go that extra step and be able to help people. It's a feeling that I wish could carry over the other 364 days but that one day is really special," Staff Sgt. Joey Meyers, APSO, stated.
The toys were kept in black bags so parents could still slip them under the tree for Christmas.
Deputies made home deliveries to those who were unable to make it to the present give away.