A Cajun Christmas
letter updates Nov. 7
Last week I called Mom Macie Sellers asking the following “ Tell me a “big” ticket item, a special item that would help either the nursing home or children's ward at the local hospital”. I asked if a big TV and perhaps a computer, for the nursing home, for the children's ward at the hospital perhaps a big TV and a game system, DVD player and computer.
Mom immediately spoke of our friend and driving force in Vermilion Parish Francis J. Plaisance, President, Louisiana Cattle Festival Association. It is Francis who is putting the wonderful A Cajun Christmas festival on Dec 16th.
Mom reminded me of Francis’s great work with the very busy foster care program in Vermilion Parish.
a former pastor of the Abbeville Church of Christ and just retired from
the state with
Please read the following excerpts from his letter to me yesterday:
important note that we spoke about by phone, the annual party for the
foster kids of
Last year, we rented a hall at St. Theresa Catholic Church here in Abbeville, and with the assistance of friends of mine from Hollywood, purchased and gave 173 bicycles for the foster children and the children of the Family Services homes, where efforts are made to rehabilitate the family, rather than removing the children It was a spectacular and emotional evening. We also purchased and gave choices of hams or turkeys to the foster families. The foundation from Hollywood who helped us last year can not help us this year. I just retired from the state with 27 plus years service, and retired from the Dept. of Social Services as a Child Protection Investigator for over 20 years, but would like to keep the tradition and Christmas party for the kids alive. The Office of Community Services averages better than 80 children in foster care in Vermilion Parish each month.
that I can get in accomplishing that will be greatly appreciated, and
I will be happy to organize the event. It also could be in conjunction
with the December 16th event. And yes, the office could use a plasma TV
or even two, one for the children when they visit with their parents,
and the other for the parenting classes that are held in the same building
on a regular basis. Other projects can be discussed as we approach that
date, and once again, thanks for the interest in our state and community,
and I am looking forward to working with you and participating.
Francis J. Plaisance, President, Louisiana Cattle Festival Association.
Lets see if we can arrange for these items for the foster car center perhaps also getting the same setups for the nursing home and children's word at the local hospital.
Ideas for attaining these items.
group of family for friends or club, group getting together to buy one
or more of these items.
I contacted corporately Target, Best Buy, Sears, KMart and other big box stores, fro all I received the same response that being that such donations are done at the local store. I was encouraged by each corporation to get our members to go to their local store locations to ask for donations of toys, gifts and perhaps with Best Buy and Sears for example donations of these Tv's and commuters etc.
Lets see what we can do for all our friends including Francis J. Plaisance and his foster program and it's children.
Keep up the great work we are getting close now, its holiday time and now the interest is growing and can grow greatly if we keep pushing.
Thanks and be well
Macie and Aaron
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