Holly Days | Baton Rouge Junior League
Each year, The Junior League of Baton Rouge hosts a “Hollydays” at the River Center in downtown Baton Rouge. This past weekend marked the 30th anniversary of Hollydays in our community. The purpose is for vendors to come together and for the public to start shopping for the upcoming holidays. I noticed quite a few billboards over the past few weeks, and I had no idea how much it had grown, especially the number of people that have been attending each year. Hollydays raises money for the Greater Baton Rouge area and has become Louisiana’s largest fundraiser. The proceeds support programming initiatives of the Junior League of Baton Rouge.
After seeing the several Hollydays signs, I began to think about the upcoming holidays and how people who are less fortunate may not be able to buy Christmas gifts or enjoy an event like Hollydays. Sure it is a nice gesture to give your aunt, uncle, or brother–in-law a gift for Christmas, but the truth is many don’t even use the gift once they unwrap it on Christmas. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars towards gifts this year, consider giving the best gift of all by giving back to others in need.
There are so many ways to help out in our community around the holidays. Whether it’s adopting a family for Christmas, going to the local food shelters and serving food, or collecting canned goods for those in need. The list is endless. I know it is only October, but I feel like everyone gets so crazy around the holidays with family coming into town and gifts to buy that time flies and the holiday season is over before you know it. It is never too early to start getting involved in your community for the holidays. If you are able, I encourage all of you to consider giving a little back to those less fortunate this holiday season.