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Local women put together bags of necessities for the homeless and those who are struggling

Eliza Eugene of LaPlace knows spare change can only go so far to help a person in need.  Facial expressions tell a different story when Eugene hands out care packages filled with toiletries, socks and snacks. From surprise and gratitude, she sees the reactions and knows in her heart that each donation makes a difference.

Blessed to be Blessing, Cargill hand out 600 thanksgiving turkeys in St. John.

Blessed To Be A Blessing, sponsored by Cargill, handed out 600 Thanksgiving turkeys Saturday to needy families during a giveaway at East St. John High School. 

Another successful Back to School Youth Rally for the 2018 School season

They may not be excited about summer ending, but hundreds of St. John the Baptist Parish school students (and their parents) were pretty excited about getting free school supplies and other goodies at Saturday’s Backpack Extravaganza sponsored by Eliza Eugene’s Blessed to Be a Blessing.

St. Charles Parish United Way
2017 Back to School Youth Rally

St. Charles Parish's largest back-to-school event, the 2017 Youth Rally, was held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Edward Dufresne Community Center in Luling.   While United Way of St. Charles is a main sponsor of the event, the rally is also sponsored by St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Blessed to be a Blessing, and Alpha Daughters of Zion.

Helping the less fortunate........

Growing up with a single mother, Eliza Eugene remembers how hard Christmas could be for her family.  “My mom would tell us, ‘There might not be much this year,’” Eugene said. “She had to work real hard. Somehow, something always came through. The community, the church, a neighbor, someone would step in and there would be a toy.”

Giving Back: Homework help opens for parish students

Shontrece Lathers and other public school teachers work after hours Monday through Thursday helping students improve their grades at a free tutoring program - Homework Hut.

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