Volunteers give back to the less fortunate for Christmas
BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Christmas is a day we spend time with family and open plenty of gifts, but it's also a time for giving.
The Beaugh family spends every Christmas helping to feed the less fortunate in their community.
"It's Christmas Day. Santa came. We saw what we received, and this is the rest of our day. We enjoy doing it every year," Katie Breaugh said. "We serve Easter day, Christmas day, and Thanksgiving day, and both of my kids go to St. George Catholic School, and it's just something that we learned from the school to give back to others when we're so blessed ourselves."
For the past five years, the family comes to St. Vincent de Paul because Christmas is more than just getting gifts, it's about giving.
"It's something they ask every year. 'Mom, did you call St. Vincent de Paul? Did you sign us up already?' So, they're just as excited about it as we are," Katie said.
"It feels good because it's the season of giving not getting," Rece Beaugh said. "So, it feels good to give back to the community."
"It makes me feel good because not everyone maybe gets presents that they like, so you can give them presents if they don't get any," Presley Beaugh said.
The Beaughs along with more than 100 other volunteers served nearly 1,000 people in need to make sure they have a good meal for Christmas.
"It makes me feel happy because they're smiling, and it just makes me feel good," Presley continued.
"That's what it's all for. It's totally worth it to see them get a good meal, and to see their smiling faces and know that we've done something good," Rece said.
St. Vincent de Paul's done this for decades. Volunteers even gave out take-home dinners so people have another meal.