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Recently, we were especially surprised and blessed when a group of SWEPCO employees paid us a visit, but this was no ordinary visit. Ten of SWEPCO's finest, along with United Way of Northwest Louisiana's Lynn Stevens, Vice President of Resource Development and Jennifer Horton, Director of Corporate Engagement and Volunteer Management, offered to give us their time and talent working in Gabriel's Closet.

We've never seen people work harder or faster than this generous group. We had many items that needed a lot of attention, especially baby gear, like strollers and car seats. They checked for missing parts, made sure the items were safe and then scrubbed and dried them and brought them back inside, ready to be given to those who need these items most, the low-income moms who come to us for help for their tiny babies and small children.

It was a warm day in Shreveport but that didn't stop them from the big job at hand. A group of the guys put together several strollers that were so generously given to Gabriel's Closet but were still in their boxes. When your priority is taking care of client's needs, updating files and paperwork, returning calls, restocking and cleaning the closet, there just isn't enough time to do what these good folks did for us that day.

So a very big and hearty Thank You SWEPCO employees and United Way of Northwest Louisiana for giving such invaluable help to Gabriel's Closet and Catholic Charities. We are so grateful to each and every one of you!

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Catholic Charities of North Louisiana
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Shreveport, LA 71106



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