The New Orleans Women & Children's Shelter

was awarded a $50,000 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Angels of Change grant this month. Since 1995, the foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million to community groups. The shelter's grant will benefit a case management program for homeless children.

The Mark Ingram Foundation

donated $200 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift cards to 22 at-risk children for a Christmas shopping spree Dec. 8. The New Orleans Saints running back's foundation focuses on health and education efforts for young people with incarcerated parents.


has spent only $7 million on smoking cessation programs this year, nowhere near the $60 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to a new report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, tobacco companies spend $32 on promotion for every $1 the state spends on prevention. Smoking kills 7,200 Louisianans each year and accounts for $1.89 billion in health care costs annually.