Son of a Saint needs your old beads for a good cause

Dig those old beads out of your closet! It's time to declutter for a good cause.

by Mary Staes
February 12, 2019

Dig those old beads out of your closet! It’s time to declutter for a good cause.

If your throws don’t spark joy for you anymore, Son of a Saint wants them! The program, which is a mentoring organization for fatherless boys, has 30 mentees riding in the Krewe of Freret on Feb. 23.

It’s the fifth year the krewe has teamed up with New Orleans Saints players to offer the boys the unforgettable experience of riding in the parade. The riding experience is provided by the krewe, but for throws, the organization has to hold fundraisers and gather up donations.

“Some of them are overcome with emotion because it’s something they’ve really been looking forward to,” said Allen Smith, donor relations manager for Son of a Saint. “Once you get that opportunity it’s like you never want to be a spectator again. That’s something I always hear from the boys.”

Smith said it’s important for the mentees to know the entire community is behind them.

We represent over seven neighborhood parishes, so without the entire community’s support, we’re not able to fulfill our mission.” he explained.

“For the boys riding in the Krewe of the Freret, it’s giving them the support of having the throws that they absolutely need. Obviously, if you’re riding in a parade, it’s miles and miles long. When you see your family and friends you want to have something to give to them. So that’s why it’s important to provide the backing for them for this effort.”

You can drop off donations at the Son of a Saint office, located at 2803 St. Philip Street, or at The Shop at the CAC, located on the third floor of the Contemporary Arts Center in the Warehouse District.

Son of a Saint
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2541 Bayou Rd, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Mon-Fri 9am–4pm
Sat-Sun Closed
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The Shop At the CAC
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900 Camp St 3rd floor, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Fri 9am–6pm
Sat-Sun Closed
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Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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