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EBRSO to accept applications for Christmas Crusade for Children program

6 years 2 weeks 2 days ago Monday, November 20 2017 Nov 20, 2017 November 20, 2017 1:54 PM November 20, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE – The sheriff's office is jump-starting its annual toy drive with a significant donation from an area business.

Starting next week, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office will take applications for the Christmas Crusade for Children program. For nearly 30 years, the program helps children in need get donated holiday gifts.

Parents can apply by visiting an EBRSO substation Nov. 27 through Dec. 1, or by visiting the Baton Rouge City Constable's Office Community Services Division between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applicants must live within East Baton Rouge Parish and children must be under 12 years of age to qualify for the program. Parents must have their child's social security number in order to apply.

This week, Molina Medicaid Solutions donated 52 brand new bicycles and 150 new, unwrapped toys for the Christmas Crusade.

“When times are tough, gifts, such as children's toys, are usually the first to go,” Thomas Canine, of Molina Medicaid, said.

“We're thrilled to be able to make a difference in the lives of these children and give them something as simple as a toy to really make their holiday season merrier.

For the sheriff, it's a tradition that keeps him humble.

“It was wonderful to see the bright smiles on the faces of the children,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said about the powerful happiness that results after each annual Christmas Crusade.

Donations can be dropped off at:

-Cumulus Media Inc. at 631 Main Street. (225) 926-1106

-City Constable's Office Headquarters in the City Court Building

-City Constable's Office Community Services Center inside the Mall at Cortana

-East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office Substations across the parish

Toys will be delivered prior to Christmas by the participating agencies

St. Vincent DePaul, B. R. Constables Office and the EBR Sheriff's Office all are community partners of the Christmas Crusade for Children 2017.

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