ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A few police officers in Gonzales put down their guns and put on their dancing shoes Tuesday to support the people they serve.
March is Disability Awareness Month and the Gonzales Police Department sponsors the organization which services people with disabilities, the ARC of East Ascension.
It's not often you will find a police officer showing off their dance moves, but Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson said, when patrolman Brandon Moran can crack a few smiles, he is behind him 100 percent.
"This is the only day out of the year I allow them to get on camera and dance," Jackson said.
Each year, the chief and his staff sponsor Family Fun Day for the Arc of East Ascension. The organization helps make life easier for people with disabilities. Executive director, Norma Dukes, said the local ARC provides services for 140 people. Then there is waiting list, she said, dating back 11 years.
"The need is very great because without the services, some of the individuals that we serve, they don't have any family. We are the families," Dukes said.
No one knows that better perhaps than Nicole Bordelon, who has relied on the ARC for over a decade. She suffers from short-term memory loss. "I love them dearly and I hope they love me too because I wouldn't know where I would be or who to talk to if they weren't going to help me," Bordelon said.
The ARC depends on the love of volunteers and the community to help keep the hearts of the people they serve full, not just on this day, but every single day. "I've got to know a lot of them on a personal level and when you see their friends and family come out, they're having a good time it makes you feel good," said Tanya Jones, Ms. Full Figured Exquisite 2016.
The ARC of East Ascension relies on help from the public to provide services to people with disabilities. Click here to find out how you can help.