OPELOUSAS, La (KLFY) – Thanksgiving is looking bright for several St. Landry Parish families after receiving gift boxes packed with a complete Thanksgiving Day meal.
The Opelousas City Marshal’s Office is already lit up several faces Monday morning after giving away 30 gift boxes.
“We wanted to do our part and try to give back to the community to let the community know that we love them and we doing everything possible to help those in need,” said Opelousas City Marshal, Paul Mouton.
Marshal Mouton says 20 of the boxes went to Mt. Olive Baptist Church members and the remaining 10 went to other baptist churches in the community.
Families who took home the baskets filled with turkeys, canned goods, and sweets say a contribution of this kind couldn’t have come at a better time.
“I was surprised about it, made me feel great,” said recipient, Kevin Ledet.
“I just started shouting and just thanking God and praising him,” said recipient, Allison Dunbar-Guillory.
With today’s economic crunch, Marshal Mouton says he just wanted to take what he has and be able to share it with others. He applauds the efforts of community donors for making this all possible.
Recipients of the baskets are also appreciative of how far this gift box will go.
“Funds are low and I’m just so thankful,” said Dunbar-Guillory. “Happy Thanksgiving to everybody!”
“Thank God for everything and everybody have a blessed holiday,” said Ledet.
The Opelousas City Marshal’s Office says they’re not done giving just yet. Marshal Mouton says the department also plans to hold a toy drive for all children on December 22.