Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, a restaurant group that with nearly 20 different restaurants around the city, is hosting a toy drive. The drive is in collaboration with the New Orleans Mission, the largest faith-based organization dedicated to rescuing, recovering, and re-engaging those suffering from homelessness, abuse, human trafficking, and addiction. Together, they are collecting toys for local children in need, to ensure that even children facing difficult circumstances can have happy holidays.
"Partnering with Creole Cuisine has been such a gift to New Orleans," said David Bottner, executive director for the New Orleans Mission. "The smiles these gifts bring to the faces of less-fortunate children in our community is priceless."
To participate in the toy drive, donate a new and unwrapped toy for a child between one and 12 years old when you go to a restaurant or daiquiri shop owned by Creole Cuisine. Click here to see the list of Creole Cuisine's restaurants, which include Broussard's, Royal House, Café Maspero, Flamingo A-Go-Go, and more. Click here to see the list of Creole Cuisine's daiquiri shops, which include Big Easy Daiquiris and Daiquiri Paradise, with locations in Chalmette, Metairie, and Harvey.
"This year, we want to show our deep appreciation for giving hearts, by offering a sweet treat in return," said Marv Ammari, chief executive officer for Creole Cuisine. For each gift given to a Creole Cuisine restaurant, the contributor will receive a complimentary dessert to finish off their meal, and for gifts given to Daiquiri Paradise, the contributor will receive a 2-for-1 daiquiri special (with the exclusion of half-gallon and gallon daiquiris).
The toy drive ends December 15, so bring in a toy for those children who are less fortunate, next time you go to a restaurant owned by Creole Cuisine. And if you don't frequent these restaurants regularly, now you have a reason to go! Not only will you get a delicious and complimentary dessert from the restaurant, but you'll also have the satisfaction of knowing that a child in need will receive a gift during the holidays.