Posted: Nov 30, 2009 4:54 PM by Lori Steele
Updated: Nov 30, 2009 5:27 PM
Tough economic times are forcing many to rely on a 20-year-old tradition in Livingston Parish.
Through the Christmas Crusade program, the Sheriff's Office uses your donations to purchase new toys for those 12-years-old and under. Each year, about 1,500 kids receive gifts. Sheriff Willie Graves says they expect more wish lists this year.
A long line of low-income parents, a lot of them new to the program, applied for help. Many told News 2 that their children would not have gifts to open on Christmas without this program.
Even though requests for help may be up this year, Sheriff Graves says somehow there's always enough to go around. He says generous donations help to make Christmas happen for hundreds of families in Livingston Parish.
Applications will be taken at the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Training Center through next Friday. Donations are still being accepted.