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United Way of Southwest Louisiana to distribute thousands of toys children in need

Saturday, December 19 - 10 am to 2 pm
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Posted at 9:36 AM, Dec 16, 2020

The United Way of Southwest Louisiana will host a free, contactless, drive-through toy distribution on Saturday, December 19 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

The distribution will be held from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm and is for area children in need.

The United Way says that age-appropriate toys will be distributed for children ages zero to 14.

“Our community knows that we are dedicated to taking care of basic necessities. But holidays are especially important, and we want everyone to know that we care about those Christmas memories that will last a lifetime,” Denise Durel, president and CEO, said. “Even though we’ve moved past our initial post-hurricane supply distributions, we have maintained strong relationships with donors across the country who want to make sure that every child and parent in Southwest Louisiana has a merry Christmas. Season by season we will get through this together."

The drive-through will be held on the north side of the Lake Charles Civic Center and cars are instructed to enter on Bord du Lac Drive to get in line.

Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. and children receiving the toys must be in the vehicle at the time of distribution. Toys will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

The United Way says that no registration is required to receive toys during the event. The distribution will also coincide with Disaster Resource Group’s Holiday Helpings Family Meal Giveaway also located at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Saturday morning.

Families are invited to line up for toys and then head to the meal giveaway which is set up to serve 2,000 families a whole turkey, sides and dessert during the same time frame.

For more information on United Way of Southwest Louisiana, visit or call 337-433-1088.

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