United Way of Southwest Louisiana to Distribute Thousands of Free Toys to Children in Need

December 16, 2020, by mharding

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Drive-through distribution this Saturday at the Lake Charles Civic Center


LAKE CHARLES, LA, December 16 – United Way of Southwest Louisiana will host a free, contactless, drive-through toy distribution for area children in need on Saturday, December 19 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Beginning at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., age-appropriate toys will be distributed for children ages zero to 14.

“Our community knows that we are dedicated to taking care of basic necessities. But holidays are especially important, and we want everyone to know that we care about those Christmas memories that will last a lifetime,” Denise Durel, president and CEO, said.

“Even though we’ve moved past our initial post-hurricane supply distributions, we have maintained strong relationships with donors across the country who want to make sure that every child and parent in Southwest Louisiana has a merry Christmas. Season by season we will get through this together,” she said.

The drive-through will be held on the north side of the Lake Charles Civic Center. Cars should enter on Bord du Lac Drive to get in line. Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. and children receiving the toys must be in the vehicle at the time of distribution.

Toys will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. No registration is required.

United Way’s distribution will coincide with Disaster Resource Group’s Holiday Helpings Family Meal Giveaway also located at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Saturday morning. Families are invited to line up for toys and then head to the meal giveaway which is set up to serve 2,000 families a whole turkey, sides and dessert during the same time frame.

For more information on United Way of Southwest Louisiana, visit unitedwayswla.org or call 337.433.1088.

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About United Way of Southwest Louisiana

United Way of Southwest Louisiana is an authority on recognizing, measuring and mobilizing the resources to target community needs in Southwest Louisiana with a focus on four pillars: Education, Economic Mobility, Health and Basic Needs. For 80 years, we have supported efforts in Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, Calcasieu and Jeff Davis Parish that improve the quality of life for all residents through volunteerism and resource development.