APSO Christmas Crusade comes to aid of 300+ families
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday that last year's Christmas Crusade program assisted 323 families and about 886 children during the 2014 holiday season.
"This was the 17th year of the program," said Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeffrey Wiley. "The program helps thousands of children in our community with toys and clothes for Christmas."
Local businesses, non-profit groups and individuals contributed donations for the cause that totaled $41,926, according to APSO. The Christmas gift program is specifically aimed at helping disadvantaged children, from newborns to 12 years of age, and has become a way for community partners and the sheriff's office to express their support for the Ascension Parish community.