Holiday Star Distribution Day:  Tuesday, Dec. 10

In the last 22 years, the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation’s Holiday Star Project has made the season brighter for approximately 15,000 children, providing them with clothing and gifts. Members of the Young Lawyers Section of the Baton Rouge Bar Association have worked hard to find children in desperate need of material goods to bring joy into their lives. This year, a new element was added to the program. The Holiday Star Committee encouraged all gift donors to add a book to their gift.


This year’s Holiday Star Project gift delivery day is Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, beginning at 9 a.m. Diesel Driving Academy will be donating the use of a truck, and volunteers will load the shiny new bikes and wrapped gifts into the truck, which will be driven to the drop off location of one of the many agencies that will distribute the gifts to the kids under their care.


This year approximately 800 children under the care of 12 agencies will be receiving holiday gifts from the BRBA Holiday Star Project. The agencies include Children’s Hospital; Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge; Grandparents Raising Grandchildren; Gulf Coast Social Services; HAART; La. School for the Visually Impaired; Metro Health; Resurrection Life; St. Anthony Catholic Church; THRIVE; Volunteers of America Special Services; and YWCA Early Head Start Program.


Chairing this year’s Holiday Star Committee is Ryan R. Brown of Roedel Parsons Koch Blache Balhoff & McCollister. Vice chair is Brandi B. Cole of Phelps Dunbar, LLP. Mackenzie Smith Ledet of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, is the YLS Board Liaison. Susan Kelley is the BRBA staff liaison to the committee.


The Baton Rouge Bar Foundation, a tax-exempt as a charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(C)(3) of the IRS Code, is the non-profit arm of the BRBA, which is a voluntary, professional organization of local lawyers and judges that is in its 84th year of service to the community.