Holiday Helping Hands

  Meals, clothes, and more given out to less fortunate on Christmas by St. Vincent de Paul

A special Christmas meal was given to the homeless in the Capital City at the St. Vincent de Paul Society on Christmas Day.

  Non-profit organizations bail single moms out of jail before Christmas

$50,000 check anonymously given to The Salvation Army

  WATCH: Michael Thomas hands out toys at Ochsner Hospital for Children

New Orleans Chamber Orchestra performs Christmas concerts for women in La. prisons

Here’s your 2019 holiday shipping deadline guide

  Mississippi teenager asks for Christmas cards as he waits for heart transplant

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  Salvation Army’s Major Donald Tekautz to ring the bell for 24 straight hours to raise money

  Attorney Gordon McKernan holds annual Christmas bike giveaway for kids

  Toys For Tots collects gifts for Baton Rouge area families in need

Santa’s Road Show free toy giveaway scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21

Donate blood to save lives and feed the hungry

Lake Charles sewing class makes quilts for local veterans

  Baton Rouge councilman hosts breakfast with Santa, toy giveaway

Councilman Lamont Cole, along with a number of others, is holding a breakfast with Santa Claus and toy giveaway event Friday, Dec. 20.

Wall of Heroes, Denham Springs PD team up for Shop with a Cop event

The Wall of Heroes is hosting a Shop with a Cop event in conjunction with the Denham Springs Police Department.

  EBRSO hosts Shop with a Cop

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Shop with a Cop event Tuesday, Dec. 17.

  Seniors given free holiday lunch from Humana

On Friday, Dec. 13, seniors and visitors are invited to attend a free holiday lunch put on by Humana.

This holiday season, give the gift of blood

  OLOL Children’s Hospital Deck The Halls donation drive begins

Councilwoman hosting December to Remember Christmas gala and toy drive

Baton Rouge nonprofit asks community to donate school supplies, bikes for kids

Nubian Kruzers United Motorcycle Club, NKU Foundation, and USMC host Christmas toy drive to benefit kids in Baton Rouge

Ascension Parish partners with Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for free food distribution

Livingston Parish’s Christmas Crusade accepting applications for families in need

Residents of Livingston Parish looking for a little help this Christmas can look to the Livingston Parish Sherrif’s Office.

  Santa learns sign language so children hard of hearing can tell him what they want for Christmas

It’s a tradition for children to sit on Santa’s lap and tell them what they’d like for Christmas, but for children who are hearing impaired, it can be very challenging.

  Christmas comes early for two elementary schools

Two local schools were chosen out of 50 to receive special Christmas gifts.

Livingston Parish Library offering free supplies for teachers, book giveaway for public

At the Teacher Takeaway event, teachers can collect surplus decorations, supplies, games, and props from previous library events. All items can be taken free of charge.

  GIVING TUESDAY: Find out how to donate to your favorite charities

After surviving the long shopping weekend, it may be time to give a little bit of that shopping haul to those who need it.

Annual Christmas parade with St. George Fire Department set for two weekends in December

Each year, the St. George Fire Department gives Santa a ride on one of its firetrucks to parade him through the subdivisions of the St. George Fire Protection District.

4 children lose their parents in fire; Wood County neighbors trying to help with donations

Four children are now orphaned after a fire took the lives of an East Texas couple on Thanksgiving night.

Companion Animal Alliance launches Paw Print campaign for holiday season donations

This year for Giving Tuesday, Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) in Baton Rouge is hoping to inspire generosity with a unique honorarium naming campaign.

Organizers to collect donations to buy toys during South Baton Rouge Christmas Parade

The South Baton Rouge Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m.

  Catholic Charities: How to sponsor a family for Christmas

Looking to spread a little extra joy this holiday season? Catholic Charities is looking for helpers to sponsor less fortunate families for Christmas.

  BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo to host ZooLights Nov. 29 through Dec. 30

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is all set to open its annual holiday lights display event, ZooLights. The festive trail through the zoo features more than 50 light displays of animals and traditional holiday icons.

  St. Vincent De Paul’s holiday helpers lend a helping hand

Families were able to enjoy a hot meal thanks to generous volunteers.

Grandma and young man she accidentally invited to Thanksgiving are spending their fourth holiday together

The heartwarming friendship between a grandmother and the stranger she accidentally invited to Thanksgiving dinner three years ago has stood the test of time: They are still sharing the holiday together to this day.

Blood donations needed for holiday season

With the holiday season in full swing, Vitalant is asking for blood donations to make sure everyone’s holiday is bright.

Leadership Livingston Alumni collecting blankets for non-profits

Leadership Livingston Alumni is launching a blanket drive to benefit non-profit organizations in Livingston Parish.

  St. Vincent de Paul hosting 10th Annual Turkey Carving Contest, Thanksgiving meal

As it has done for the last nine years, St. Vincent de Paul is set to host its 10th Annual Turkey Carving Contest. The organization will also host its special Thanksgiving meal Thursday.

Salvation Army distributing Thanksgiving meals

The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge is set to host its Thanksgiving Community Outreach Dinner Wednesday, Nov. 27, at which about 3,000 meals will be served in Ascension Parish, as well as multiple locations in East Baton Rouge Parish.

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.

Over 50 of Holly Clegg’s favorite recipes released in cookbook benefitting cancer research fund

A collection of over 50 of Holly Clegg’s favorite recipes gathered during her time in hospice is being released in a digital cookbook. Proceeds from the cookbook will be donated to Clegg’s Gastric Research Cancer Fund at MD Anderson.

  Free haircuts, manicures at Boo Milton and Friends Giveback Weekend Food Drive

Boo Milton and his friends were at it again.

Thanksgiving meal giveaway, business owners hope to create tradition of giving back

Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a group of entrepreneurs is giving back to the Baton Rouge community on Sunday afternoon.

  RED BAGS: Help feed a local family for the holidays

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has partnered with Baton Rouge Coca-Cola, Associated Grocers, WAFB Channel 9 and iHeart Radio to collect food and monetary donations from now until the end of the year!

EBR Council on Aging hosting annual Thanksgiving dinner and dance for seniors

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is set to host its annual Thanksgiving dinner and dance to help “break the barriers of social isolation that plague the senior population.”

Help answer letters to Santa during Operation Santa

The North Pole needs your help answering letters to Santa.

  Local families given free Thanksgiving dinner

One former LSU football player is making sure every family has a meal this Thanksgiving.

Salvation Army launches ‘Kettle Pay’ so people can donate digitally

The Salvation Army is now making it easier for people to donate at the iconic Red Kettles this holiday season.

  Baton Rouge business offers community more chances to donate after hosting coat drive for kids

As it finally begins to look and feel like fall outside, members of the Baton Rouge community are stepping up to help others. The address to drop off coats at the Winnfield Funeral Homes is 7221 Plank Road.

Adopt an angel and donate toys during ‘Toys for Tots’ drive

Help out a family this Christmas by participating in "Toys for Tots."

Residents can apply for Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Christmas Crusade program

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is trying to help out residents over the holidays with its annual Christmas Crusade program.

Bike Baton Rouge holding 5th Annual Cranksgiving food drive

Bike Baton Rouge is all set to host its 5th Annual Cranksgiving food drive Sunday, Nov. 17.

Salvation Army holding Thanksgiving turkey drive for families in need

The Salvation Army is collecting turkeys for families in need this Thanksgiving.

Donate your leftover Halloween candy to troops overseas

If you’re wondering what to do with all that Halloween candy your kids got this week, look no further.

  Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office buys toys for 200+ kids thanks to community

The need to spread some holiday cheer continues in Iberville Parish. Thursday night, hundreds of kids had smiles on their faces as they received gifts from the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Former LSU football star spreads Christmas cheer around children’s hospital

Former LSU running back Derrius Guice brought some Christmas cheer to a children’s hospital.

  12 kids in Walker participate in shopping spree with Walker Police Dept.

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a shopping trip to the store. Twelve kids in Walker got to pick out their Christmas gifts with a little help from the Walker Police Department.

  LPSO deputies deliver gifts to families in need

It was a special day for some south Louisiana residents with a little help from the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Christmas Crusade was off to an early start Wednesday morning with its yearly toy donation for needy children in the area.

  NFL player pays layaway balances for Baton Rouge shoppers

An NFL player from Baton Rouge made the holidays a little happier for several Christmas shoppers in the capital area.

8-year-old boy with terminal brain tumor only wants you to send him cards for Christmas

The season of giving is upon us, and one woman is proving that to be true as she asks the Southwest Louisiana community and beyond to send Christmas cards to a Vinton boy with a terminal brain tumor.

  HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS" Red Cross collecting Christmas letters for soldiers

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

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Neighbors Credit Union taking donations to send to Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has been experiencing a food shortage, and the community has been pitching in.

  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

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.

Kelli’s Kloset collecting donations for children of cancer patients, kids fighting cancer

In the middle of the fight for her life against ovarian cancer, Kelli Richmond saw a need. Cancer treatment often transforms a patient’s body, but not everyone can afford to buy new clothes as their weight goes up and down.

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Livingston Parish Library to forgive fines in exchange for non-perishable food in December

The Livingston Parish library is offering to turn your library fines into food in December.

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Veterans Help Foundation asks community members to donate as they shop with AmazonSmile

Donating is as easy as ever thanks to programs like AmazonSmile which many local organizations are hoping community members will use to donate money as they make purchases this holiday season.

  How you can donate on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is here, and here's how you can find a non profit that needs donations or some volunteers.

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Support Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge by shopping with AmazonSmile

Local organizations participating in the AmazonSmile program, like Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge, earn 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible products through donations from the AmazonSmile Foundation, according to information posted to Amazon’s website.

  HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: EBRSO taking applications for Christmas Crusade for Children

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office says it will start taking applications for the annual Christmas Crusade for Children program.

  HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Mighty Moms, Santa Claus collecting holiday donations

Since the 80s, Santa Clause has been making his way through Livingston Parish by way of a fire truck.

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Volunteers needed to sort and pack food donations for families in need

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is offering several opportunities for community members to volunteer to sort and package food donations going to families in need throughout the holiday season.

  HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: What to do with last year’s Black Friday purchases, holiday regifts

The St. Vincent de Paul society is asking for your donations to help keep up with high demand this winter, and workers are encouraging you to keep the needy in mind as you Christmas shop. They’d also be happy to accept old Black Friday deals as you replace those purchases with new things.

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Donating money to food banks is just as good as donating canned goods

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is accepting monetary donations this holiday season to help provide food and supplies to local families in need. While donations of canned goods are typically encouraged, monetary donations can be especially helpful to local food banks.

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Coat drive on Black Friday to benefit St. Vincent de Paul

H&R Block is hosting a coat drive in Baton Rouge on Friday. All donations will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

  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.