More than 20 children in need will be taking a trip to the “most magical place on earth” this spring, thanks to Gayle Benson and the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans organizations.

On Friday, Dec. 6, the franchise owner of New Orleans professional sports teams stopped by the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home in Monroe, Louisiana, with a surprise.

Benson greeted each child in residential care with an envelope that contained an all-expense-paid trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, WWLTV reported.

“I hope y’all have a very merry Christmas, and I wanna let y’all know that you’re going to Disney World!” Benson said, surprising the children who couldn’t help but smile when they heard the news.

“Funds not used for the renovations will be donated to the Castor School General Fund in memory of Riley Jinks, a former student of Castor High School who lost his life in a horse riding accident at the age of 16,” the Saints tweeted.

Last Christmas, Benson was also a “Secret Santa” for customers at a New Orleans Walmart after she paid the bill for hundreds of people to get gifts for the holiday season.

The Disney trip is the latest in a list of donations by the Bensons, both devout Catholics, to Catholic causes in the area.


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