Baton Rouge Bar Foundation and local attorneys provide gifts to children in need through the Holiday Star Project


The Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Holiday Star Project will host its 21st annual gift distribution day Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Each year the project provides gifts to nearly 1,000 underprivileged children who would not otherwise receive gifts for Christmas. By adopting a Holiday Star, individuals are assigned a specific child to provide gifts to. Children who receive gifts are from families who are below poverty level, visually impaired, exposed to AIDS, in need of specialized medical care, or in group homes or shelters.


On distribution day, attorney volunteers, the Holiday Star Committee and Baton Rouge Bar Association staff members will join together and load the gifts on a moving truck donated by Diesel Driving Academy and deliver them to one of the participating agencies.


The 11 social service agencies receiving gifts to distribute to children under their care are Baton Rouge Youth, Children’s Hospital; Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge; Gulf Coast Social Services; HIV/AIDS Allegiance for Region Two; Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired; Metro Health; Resurrection Life; St. Anthony Catholic Church; Volunteers of America Special Services; and YWCA Early Head Start Program.


The project is organized each year by the BRBA Holiday Star Committee and was started by the Young Lawyers Section of the BRBA. Susan Kelley, a staff member of the BRBA, coordinated the project. Zelma Frederick of McGlinchey Stafford is the 2012 committee chair, Ryan Brown is the 2012 committee vice chair and Laranda Moffett Walker is the YLS board liaison.


BRBA President Gail S. Stephenson and Executive Director Ann K. Gregorie will be on hand during the gift distribution. For more information, contact Susan Kelley at 225-214-5559.