Local musician Dylan Scott recently held a country music festival, Bayou Stock, to raise money to buy local kids toys for Christmas, and he and his family gave out the gifts at the Bastrop Visitors Center on Wednesday, December 19.
In November, Scott held Bayou Stock, a country music festival featuring Lainey Wilson, Morgan Evans, Barrett Pepper, and Mark Chestnutt. Scott headlined the show. Held at the Sterlington Sports Complex, the event was inspired by Tim McGraw’s Swamp Stock. He thought Christmas would be a good time to give back.
“I thought this would be a good time to carry on the torch and continue giving to the community,” Scott said. “What really spoke to me was giving kids toys for Christmas this year.”
Scott decided to give back to kids in his hometown of Bastrop, and to do this he reached out to the schools.
“We reached out to the local schools, and they knew who needed help,” he explained. “We asked parents, teachers, and the kids what they wanted, they gave us a wish list, and we tried to get as much as we could.”
Scott and his wife Blair purchased the toys using all the money raised at Bayou Stock. Every penny went towards the gifts.
Scott hopes the gifts will bring some Christmas cheer to those who are less fortunate. He believes no child should go without gifts on Christmas.
“I remember waking up and being happy to get my presents, so I just can’t imagine a kid waking up to get nothing,” he said. “I hope these gifts will bring them joy.”
At the Visitors Center, families were able to come in and pick up their gifts. The floor was covered in piles of presents separated for each family.
Scott was all smiles as he took a local boy over to see his presents. Locals seemed very thankful for the gifts.
Scott is thankful for all those who helped make the toy giveaway possible.
“The community really came through with Bayou Stock and making this thing come together,” he said.
Scott is happy to be able to give back to his community and hopes that for these children Christmas will be brighter because of what he and the community came together to accomplish.