Local Saints-loving Santa delivers gifts to needy with Who Dat flair

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Larry Daigle and his wife, Karen load up gifts and food for local families.

"My wife and I decided nine years ago that we'd go out and help the needy children in the Kenner area," said Larry.

They do it in style. And with a 'sleigh' unlike any other.

"Santa gave Rudolph the day off so, they said we could take that 'Who Dat' truck and that's what we go deliver our gifts in," Larry said. "They love it. Sometimes, they go to the sleigh nine out of 10 times, before they go and see Santa."

Larry found inspiration for this Christmas-time tradition from his own childhood.

"When I was young, I was raised in an orphanage home," said Larry.

Familiar with the feeling of missing out, Larry and Karen made it their mission to ensure area kids didn't have to.

"It's all about the children and to see the smiles on all their faces. Some might not have a Christmas without us helping a little bit," explained Karen.

It's why Christmas came early for 10 families in Kenner.

A local church gives the Daigles a list of area families who could use their help and after a little scouting, the husband and wife duo gather gifts for delivery. Not only that, but enough food for a Christmas feast.

Then comes the Daigle's favorite part.

"Their faces just light up when they open the presents and they say, 'oh hey, look at Santa finally came to see me,'" said Larry.

It's all in a day's work for this Santa and his 'Who Dat' sleigh.

Copyright 2017 WVUE. All rights reserved.