With Christmas drawing closer, 100 families remain unsponsored for The Community Comes Together for Christmas, said officials at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

“Never have we had so many families remaining on our wish list at this late date,” said Lisa Lee, CCDBR Mission Effectiveness Director. “It’s a problem we’ve never had to face, but we’re worried that Christmas won’t happen for them.”

This year CCDBR pre-screened and verified over 500 families and seniors in its Community Comes Together campaign. Half of unsponsored are seniors enrolled in other agency programs, like Senior Employment or Foster Grandparents.

The others are clients, like new mothers served through Sanctuary for Life, refugees resettled by the agency or families living at Families First.

To become a sponsor, sign up at ccdiobr.org, and then choose a specific family or senior to sponsor.

Donors can purchase gifts on their sponsored families wish lists, which includes clothing sizes, shoe sizes and gifts most desired.

Donors can remain anonymous and drop off gifts at the agency’s Santa’s workshop or deliver them to the family directly. Donors can also choose to make a cash donation to help buy gift cards for the unsponsored families.

“Our program is unique. Rather than anonymously dropping a toy in a barrel, CCDBR’s program is more about building relationships and bringing hope to families who have so little by those of us who are fortunate to have so much,” said Lee. “The wish lists don’t include just toys. Most lists include simple household goods, blankets, towels … simple everyday items we all take for granted but for a family or senior living in poverty, it’s a blessing.”

For more information, call (225) 910-8921 or email christmas@ccdiobr.org.