As December brings us closer to a new year, it reminds us to gather close to our families and give back to those in need.
And on Saturday morning, the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette helped 26 children get into the Christmas spirit with a holiday shopping spree through Operation Magi.
Club President Brett Bayard says it is the most anticipated event during the year.
"Once you've done this, you really want to keep doing it. You really see some of the best kids," says Bayard. "These kids aren't always in the best place, it's not their fault, but you really help make Christmas for them."
9-Year-old Klarisa LeBeouf and her cousin didn't ask for much this year.
"I want an art book, L.O.L dolls, a stuffed animal, and art pencils. And I think something else, but I don't know," Klarisa said.
She and her cousin walked through Wal-Mart on Pinhook in Lafayette browsing the shelves for things they wanted and needed.
With a budget to follow, the children carefully filled up their carts.
And as Klarisa neared the end of her shopping trip, she realized there were a few more gifts she wanted. Gifts that she could give to someone else.
With her Operation Magi chaperone by her side, Klarisa went in search for gifts for her family. Picking out very special items for her Mimi and mother.
Klarisa says she will wait to open her presents on Christmas Day.
This is the 44th year the Kiwanis Club has provided the Christmas experience to children in Acadiana.