Families in need receive Christmas presents thanks to Angel Tree program

Friday, Dec. 14 was the big day for thousands of Baton Rouge area families as the Salvation Army distributed presents from their annual Angel Tree program.

‘Getting Our Vets Ready for Winter’ drive to help homeless veterans

Family of Wayde Sims creates emotional support dog fund for LSU students

Community organizer to hold graduation ceremony for Virginia College students after school closes

Dozens of inmates work to send $17k to their families for Christmas

Food Bank still in need of food as Christmas approaches

Motorcycle club collects toys to bring joy to thousands of Baton Rouge children

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  New plant coming to Ascension Parish promises 120 new jobs

8-year-old who asked for exactly 190 cards for Christmas gets thousands

JROTC cadets teach seniors how to use their cell phones

GBR Food Bank receives big donation thanks to local leadership group

APSO hosting shopping night for annual Christmas Crusade program

Enduring the flames: Photos of the fire at First Bossier Church

  Kids build new friendships during Shop with a Cop

Lt. Chad Parker with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office may not be up to speed on all the newest toys. Whether it’s Vampirina or LOL Dolls, he needs a little help, but that’s OK, because his new friend, Isabella Land, is there to help.

OLOL Children’s Hospital to hold Deck the Halls Holiday Donation Drive

OLOL Children’s Hospital is hosting a four-day toy donation drive for children who are in the hospital receiving treatment this holiday season.

  CNN selects ‘Tabby’s Star’ one of top space stories of 2018

CNN has selected its list of the “Top Space Stories of 2018,” and included is “Tabby’s Star,” which is named for LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Tabetha Boyajian.

8-year-old battling cancer given free trip to see LSU play in Fiesta Bowl

Drake had two Christmas wishes - to hunt a deer, and see LSU football play

  Combat veteran, wife donate all their belongings to firefighters affected by California wildfires

Louisiana senior enhances English language skills in Spanish-speaking students, braids hair through self-created charitable program

Local Zydeco musician nominated for two Grammys

Humane Society launches 1,000 Acts of Kindness campaign

Woman welcomed home to house rebuilt by volunteers

LSU student selected for prestigious multimedia reporting initiative

  Therapy dogs come LSU to help students get through finals week

LSU students cramming for finals got a nice surprise in the library on Thursday morning.

HEARTWARMING: First responders sing to terminally ill child in Slidell

A heartwarming and heartbreaking holiday story

Dunham’s Derek Stingley named finalist for National Player of the Year

Stingley averaged 28 yards per catch, had 27 career interceptions and recorded a 3.57 GPA.

Baton Rouge General presents ‘bigger and brighter Holiday Lights display’

There are two ways to experience the Holiday Lights display.

Homeless man turns in $17,000 he found outside food bank

The money was turned over to police, but since no one claimed it, the food bank will be able to use it to expand their building.

Seven new artists to join the Baton Rouge Gallery roster

The Baton Rouge Gallery welcomes seven new members to join the ranks, expanding the long list of Louisiana-based artists.

  Cancer patients learn to find blessings in brokenness

Nervous hands dip tiny brushes into gobs of paint. Delicate strokes dab colors onto a canvas that is anything but pretty.

Father, son police duo visit child in hospital injured in train accident

A father and son, both officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department, helped to brighten the holidays for one young man who has been in the hospital nearly three months.

U.S. Marine surgical team saves Navy sailor’s life at sea

It’s an emergency surgery done at hospitals across the country daily, but when it’s done at sea, it brings on an entirely different set of challenges. A member of the U.S. Navy from the New Roads area learned that when he got sick at sea.

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS" Red Cross collecting Christmas letters for soldiers

Some Baton Rouge students made holiday cards for U.S. soldiers Tuesday morning.

Boy, 9, gets Colorado town to legalize snowball fights

Despite the law banning snowball fights, the town's mayor said no one had ever been cited for throwing snowballs.

PAWS program takes dogs from shelter to service for veterans with PTSD

Dogs live with offenders 24 hours a day. They are constantly training -- from basic commands, to learning how to handle crowds. As the offenders teach their dogs, the dogs also work on the inmates. They learn patience, and problem-solving, decision-making, and putting others needs first.

Honoring late father known for giving spirit, family clears toy aisles to ‘keep the kids ballin'

Community members are asked to join Lathan David and Renee Dugas at Troy’s Barbershop Tuesday, December 4 for a donation event honoring their late father. Over 367 toys balls will be donated to the Marine Corps for the Toys for Tots program. Donations will be accepted on site

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Community asked to donate bikes, toys ahead of Kid’s Christmas event

The 18th annual Kid’s Christmas event is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, and located at the West Feliciana Middle School gym, according to a Monday media release from the West Feliciana Parish. The event starts at 10 a.m.

Denham Springs teen riding high with donated bike

Denham Springs teen Ethan Choojitarom is riding high on his new bike.

Family builds ‘Blessing Box’ for community members to take what they need, leave what they can

A Hammond family, in partnership with city officials, has made sharing much-needed resources within the community easier than ever with the creation of ‘Blessing Boxes’ placed in front of City Hall and the city’s recreation center.

8-year-old says he ‘feels amazing’ after beating stage 4 cancer

The family of a 8-year-old boy is overwhelmed with happiness after he beat stage four cancer, according to the family’s Gofundme account.

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Blue Stars Mothers sending care packages to troops overseas, accepting donations

Sending care packages for deployed service members across the world.

NWLA WWII veteran celebrates 100th Birthday

NWLA WWII Veteran turns 100 years old.

Tickfaw teacher’s ‘Greetings Menu’ goes viral

Some students prefer the handshake. Others like to dance, but all of them can agree on how much they enjoy Mrs. Schaff’s Greetings Menu.

Restaurant employees pitch in to buy coworker new car after his was stolen

A longtime employee at Ruffino’s Restaurant in Lafayette had his car stolen last week. Little did he know his fellow coworkers would come through for him in a big way.

Pregnant woman battling cancer finds perfect bone marrow match

Almost 40,000 people registered to help the soon-to-be mother of five find her 100 percent bone marrow donor match.

  Scotlandville Community to host Christmas tree lighting event

Tis' the season of joy!Please join us on December 1st 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. as we spread the holiday spirit of love, peace and joy at the Scotlandville Tree Lighting and Christmas in the Plaza event.

Teacher donates kidney to stranger after seeing social media photo

Since their surgeries, the two former strangers have become very close and talk every day, checking in on each other’s recovery.

Denham Springs elementary school earns prestigious National Blue Ribbon designation

Students, faculty, and staff at Lewis Vincent Elementary School are celebrating after being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

LSU baseball coach takes a pie to the face for charity

Baton Rouge’s Knock Knock Children’s Museum has a unique take on giving back. On Tuesday, some familiar faces, including LSU Baseball Head Coach Paul Mainieri, took a pie to the face.

Baton Rouge couple to participate in annual LipSync Battle benefiting the American Cancer Society

One Baton Rouge couple has been practicing hard to participate in this year’s Relay for Life LipSync Battle.

Baton Rouge student earn perfect scores on SAT and ACT

A Baton Rouge student earned a perfect score on his ACT and SAT, and three others scored a perfect on their ACT test, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish schools on Tuesday.

Good Samaritan saves choking baby during Thanksgiving meal at Golden Corral

The baby's family panicked when the 7-month-old started choking on mashed potatoes, but a fellow restaurant customer managed to save the little girl.

Man finds human ashes on ground at MI car wash, returns them to family

The family says they’re very grateful the good Samaritan returned the urn and bags of cremated remains.

Best friends with 100 years between them

“I’m pretty certain, I plain knew as soon as I met her, she’s my best friend,” Brady Dickerson added.

Babies survive twin to twin transfusion at just 16 weeks in utero

Maternal fetal surgeon at Woman's Hospital successfully performs twin to twin transfusion at gestational age of 16 weeks.

COA sees record turnout at annual Thanksgiving Lunch

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging’s annual Thanksgiving lunch saw a record number of seniors in attendance, according to organizers.

Baton Rouge couple adopts special needs child from China

Dr. Craig Greene and his wife, Kristen, are preparing for their first holiday season with a fifth child. The journey to bringing him home has been 18 months long. Boomer Greene was in an orphanage in China with 800 other special needs children.

Bike Baton Rouge holds 4th annual Cranksgiving food drive event

Bike Baton Rouge held its 4th annual Cranksgiving event Saturday, November 17 and raised about 350 lbs of food.

Homeless man in Mississippi saves dog hit by car

The car that hit the dog didn’t stop, but the homeless man rushed to the dog’s rescue.

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Community members asked to purchase bags, fill them with food for families in need

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Associated Grocers, Coca-Cola, WAFB, and others are joining forces to help families in need.

Ascension Parish president recognizes Eagle Scout for work with veteran graves

At the last parish council meeting, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa recognized Joseph Lambert, 15, for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

  Family shares life saving efforts of staff at OLOL Children’s Hospital

Atticus Southall is your typical 7-year-old, with a love of books and reading. However, his story could be very different today.

Drummer realizes dream on the football field

Raucous beats bounce off the walls inside the St. Michael the Archangel High School band room. The drum line is warming up. In the center position, rat-a-tatting his snare is Tyler Patton. The high school senior has been banging the skins for what seem like his entire life.

Companion Animal Alliance opens new animal shelter on LSU’s campus

Companion Animal Alliance opened a new shelter in Baton Rouge, which is good news for homeless pets of the parish and for the people who care for them. Dog, cats and other creatures now have a comfortable temporary home until they are adopted by families.

Harlem Globetrotter visits Baton Rouge school for students with special needs

Arlington Prep Academy, a school focusing on students with special needs, took a break from studying Tuesday and received an exciting guest.

A Vietnam veteran died with no family, so other vets stepped up to remember him

The community also provided the funeral home with the proper paperwork to ensure the Marine veteran got military honors at the service.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: A veteran and his K-9 friend are together again

When it comes to a man and his service dog, well... that bond can be a life-line.

Image of people sharing breakfast touches hearts, reminds of what was ‘commonplace not that long ago’

The photo of a young black man and old white woman sharing breakfast represented to many people a simple connection in contentious times.

Coach Sha’s Bootcamp combines fitness and fellowship

Coach Sha’s Bootcamp based in Brusly won the popular vote in a WAFB online poll for your favorite workout program in the Baton Rouge area.

Jewish barista refuses to let WWII veteran pay as a thank you for his service

A barista is being praised by the son of a WWII veteran for his kindness. v

Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana Pageant 2019

Contestants Sought for Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana Pageant

Family home in Denham Springs renovated by volunteers after 2016 flood

In the heart of Denham Springs, down a small dirt road, is a family home that’s seen its share of heartache.

Governor, EBRSO honor Mexican officials who assisted in Lozada case

On Wednesday, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, along with Governor John Bel Edwards and other leaders, honored officials who played key roles in locating and arresting Oscar Lozada for the 2011 murder of his wife, Sylviane Finck, as well as for the safe return of her now 12-year-old daughter.

Louisiana boosts the number of foster children adoptions

Louisiana has broken its record for adoptions of children from foster care, with 912 children in foster care adopted by 631 families in the last federal budget year

Boy shines on stage performing Toby Keith’s ‘Should’ve Been A Cowboy’, changing the narrative surrounding his disability

A Geismar family is hoping their experience can change the narrative surrounding Down Syndrome and other developmental limitations to create more accepting attitudes and inclusive activities for all people.

Family project becomes way for two young sisters to distribute crosses in their community

What began as an attempt to distract her two young daughters while she cared for their younger sister has become a family-wide project for Kliebert’s of Lutcher, Louisiana.

Saints’ player makes baby announcement while celebrating touchdown against Rams

Ben Watson and his wife Kristen are expecting twins!

Two Air Force colonels prove love conquers all

A joint service couple proving love conquers all when you live a life of service.

9-year-old spends the day as a firefighter as part of Big Buddy program

One lucky child got to hang with his heroes as part of the Baton Rouge Big Buddy Program.

Missing class ring found 32 years later in neighboring state

A Louisiana man has been reunited with his high school class ring that went missing 32 years ago

History in the Making: La. State Police’s first mother, daughter troopers

Many parents hope their children will follow in their footsteps. On Friday, October 26, Tiah Larvadain, 23, made history by graduating as a Louisiana State Police trooper by following in her mother’s footsteps.