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Christmas Crusade celebrating with toys

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LIVINGSTON - Toys are piled high in Livingston Parish, ready for children in need to open on Christmas.

Today was the last day for families to sign up for Sheriff Jason Ard's Christmas Crusade. For 26 years, the toy drive has brought joy to children up to 12 years old.

Ard says the event wouldn't be possible without help from the community.

"It's just very heart-warming that the community gets behind such a great event," said Ard. "I love the program, they've taken my heart, these kids. They really need this and the families out there need the support."

Businesses like One Main Financial, Bass Pro Shop and Walmart helped collect money and toys.

"Just because they're less fortunate, doesn't mean they're any different from any other person," said Amber McMorris. "I don't want them to be forgotten just because they don't have the funds or anything for their children or themselves."

Livingston Parish Sheriff's office will distribute the toys Friday, Dec. 14. Donations will be accepted until tomorrow.

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