Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench community volunteers distributed Christmas gifts to needy children at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room Saturday, December 23, 2017. The community event was started over 20 years ago to brighten the Christmas season for homeless and needy children, and a major toy campaign led by WBRZ co-anchor Sylvia Weatherspoon and Chick-fil-A made possible this year's toy distribution. About 600 kids were expected to receive presents, said St. Vincent de Paul Charities President & CEO Michael Acaldo.  Muench, who at 75 is retiring soon, was appointed by Pope John Paul II as the fifth Bishop of Baton Rouge on December 15, 2001, and his installation took place at St. Joseph Cathedral on March 14, 2002.