The holidays aren’t in full swing yet, but the Graces of Krewe of Athena are preparing early to help Santa deliver gifts in December. The Graces of KOA held a “Christmas in July” event to collect toys for the Krewe’s annual toy give away and it was a major success. 

In an effort to increase the number of children to receive gifts in December, the Graces waived the cost of admission in lieu of a toy at the event held at Ceasar’s in Gretna. The night included, music, food and spirits and was made even more magical as the Graces, dressed as Santa’s elves, ensured everyone had a great time. 

Since our beginning in 2014, the Krewe of Athena has been hosting a toy give away at the Royal Palms in Harvey, La. KOA has collected and distributed thousands of toys to children making the holiday much brighter. 

Job well done 2020 Graces! Shavonda Henry – Johnson, Grace of Sisterhood; Odeal Davis, Grace of Service; Dana Thomas, Grace of Fellowship; and Marie Wade, Grace of Fun.