State troopers take time to deliver holiday baskets

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 27, 2005


Staff Reporter

LAPLACE – Louisiana State Police Troop C recently delivered food baskets to needy families in St. John Parish (west bank), St. James Parish (west bank), Assumption Parish, Terrebonne Parish and Lafourche Parish.

Troop C delivered 28 food baskets on Dec. 15, prepared by Cannatta’s Super Market in Houma, with all the ingredients for a Christmas dinner.

Each basket included a ham, bag of potatoes, flour, sugar, salt, Navy beans, kidney beans, Green beans, peas, sweet peas, field peas, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, rice, corn mayonnaise, and cooking oil., according to Trooper Matt Trahan, spokesman for Troop C.

&#8220The Troop C Troopers Association is proud to be able to provide this service to the community,” said Trooper Frank Besson, president of the association.

&#8220This is just one way that we give back to a community that gives so much,” Besson continued.

According to Trahan, the program is about 14 years old and something the Troopers enjoy each year.

&#8220Our Troopers look forward to this every year, however, this year seems to have more importance placed on the giveaway,” said Capt. Val Penouilh, LSP Troop C commander.

Penouilh added, &#8220This is a way in which our Troopers can meet with our citizens on a positive note instead of on the side of the road, at a crash scene or during a death notification. We are extremely honored to do this.”