LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Christmas came a little early for twelve area families.
The Blue Knights of Louisiana - Chapter Eight, a group of law enforcement motorcycle enthusiasts, along with Waters Edge Church, presented the families with toys and food as part of an effort to help others in need this holiday season.
The groups raised most of the money through a poker run in November, which charged a registration fee and a toy.
"We're just glad we had the opportunity to help some people in need, people in the local community," said Gary Lemons, president of the local chapter of Blue Knights. "We're giving a little bit back to a community that supports us."
The families were presented with the donations on Sunday at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.
For one of the recipients, Adrienana Bartie, whose husband is currently overseas in Iraq, it was a Christmas miracle.
"Even though he's not here it kind of helps us to be able to enjoy the season with his absence," said Bartie. "We're definitely thankful as a family, very blessed and we're just happy the city of Lake Charles is able to do something like this for families."