ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Gayle Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, is helping Louisiana families this holiday season, including those in Alexandria.
On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Benson paid off hundreds of layaway orders at the North Mall Drive Walmart in Alexandria and two other Walmart stores in New Orleans and in Birmingham, Ala.
KALB spoke with Robert Scothorn, the store manager at the Alexandria location, who said Benson’s donation helped at least 123 families there.
“This is exactly what we need right now. With everything going on this year with COVID and the hurricanes, we need something like this to spread joy this time of year. It was a wonderful surprise from Mrs. Benson and the Saints and Pelicans. I can’t express enough gratitude for such a generous contribution,” he said.
According to nola.com, “Birmingham is where the Pelicans’ G-League affiliate will be located once the renovations are finished at Legacy Arena by 2022.”
“We could not be more thankful to Mrs. Benson for such a wonderful and thoughtful act of kindness!” said Tara House with Walmart media relations.