Hundreds of families need help this holiday season

There are still over 200 families who need help this holiday season.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) has over 250 seniors and families in crisis that need help this Christmas. Through Community Christmas, CCDBR matches donor families, businesses and organizations with families in need. 

“The need this year is greater than ever,” said Catherine Weidert, Catholic Charities communications coordinator. “We’ve enrolled more families this year than we ever have – over 600.” 

Because there are still over 250 families that will go without this Christmas if not sponsored, CCDBR has extended the deadline to sponsor a family to Dec. 9. 


The matching process is automated with donors having the ability to choose recipient families at Donors may request a family with a specific number of members or even a family with children similar in age. Sponsors can choose to fulfill the client’s wish list, donate directly online or purchase gift cards. 

“With the combination of events that have happened over the past few years (COVID, spring 2021 floods, Hurricane Ida, the Afghanistan refugee crisis, and the war in Ukraine to name a few), there are more people than ever showing up at our doorstep in crisis, needing help,” Weidert said.

CCDBR also needs volunteers for Santa’s Workshop. Shifts are available on December 9-10 and December 12-15. Visit > Volunteer to sign up. 

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