It was a make-up night at the Wal-Mart in Gonzales Dec. 18.


It was a make-up night at the Wal-Mart in Gonzales Dec. 18.

Volunteers and Ascension Parish sheriff’s employees conducted the annual Christmas Crusade for Children  after the event was earlier postponed due to a snowstorm.

Sponsored by the sheriff’s office, the event is now in its 13th year of providing toys for less fortunate children in the parish.

Shopper volunteers were given “wish lists” with the child’s age and requested gifts, and allowed $35 to spend per child.

Kids from area school Beta Clubs were among the many volunteers that included students, moms and dads and others. The Beta students used the shopping event to earn points toward attending the Beta Club convention.

The shoppers were greeted by Jodi Delaune and Janet Fontenot from the sheriff’s office. “Many hours went into preparing for this event,” Fontenot said.

Throughout the store, varying shopping scenarios played out, starting at 6 p.m.

At one counter, seventh grader Alexis Sanchez from Lake Elementary School checked her list twice to make sure she and her dad Scott Sanchez had everything requested by the child on her list.

St. Theresa seventh graders Kate Wall and Meagan Browning, and fourth grader Anna Wall huddled together in the toy department discussing which pack of Hot Wheels they should get for the child on their list.

East Ascension COE student Anthony Smith went through several items on his list, including different Power Ranger toys he would purchase for the ten and 12-year-old boys on his list.

The shopping experiences all included staying within the $35 price guideline for each child set by the sheriff’s office.

In the end, many bright, shiny new toys were purchased, and neither rain, sleet or snow stopped the sheriff’s department Christmas Crusade for Children.