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Cameron locals host community Christmas in remembrance of young boy's life

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With captivating eyes and the title of former Mr. Little Cameron Parish, to some, Kannon Guilbeau was something special.

Cameron Parish Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Jones knew Kannon Guilbeau and said he couldn't be missed.

"He had the greatest personality," said Jones. "The best smile, he was the friendliest kid and smart as a whip."

"If you ever met him, you remembered it," said family friend Lyndi Stewart. "You never forgot that you met Kannon Guilbeau."

Just one year ago, Kannon lost his life after a tragic 4-wheeler accident at the age of 11. Now, as his family continues to mourn the loss of Kannon, friends, family and supporters from all over Cameron Parish got together to help celebrate a special kind of Christmas.

"Some of our friends decided we were going to do "Kannon's Christmas," said Jones. "We collect donations to give to the needy children of Cameron Parish."

The group collected $14,000 towards gifts like toys and bikes. Parents of the children were given wish lists where the group later purchased the gifts on the list individually. They also collected new and unwrapped toys at the Cameron Courthouse as well donations. A t-shirt honoring "Kannon's Christmas" was given for donations as well as a free Kannon ornament.

The group showed their support at the Cameron Courthouse alongside Kannon's mom, Recia Willis, and sister, Haley Willis where the Kannon Christmas tree was placed in his honor.

"If you can stay busy doing something that's productive like this," said Jones. "That really, really has a good reward and also calls Kannon to everyone's mind, that's the perfect, perfect thing. It's the perfect way to spend Christmas."

Jones also says this is what she wants Cameron Parish to be known for.

"This is exactly the kind of thing that we want Cameron Parish to be known for," said Jones. "We want Cameron Parish to be known as a giving place where we care about our own."

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