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Free Christmas and holiday programs in Baton Rogue Parish.

Low income families in East Baton Rouge Parish as well as residents facing a crisis can apply for help at Christmas as well as other holidays. Several charities as well as government organizations, including first responders as part of the Christmas Crusade, try to provide children with free toys or clothing. The free presents often include a holiday meal or food basket for the entire family as well.

Much of the holiday assistance is targeted at vulnerable residents. This means that children may be given small Christmas toys or holiday treats. In some cases, a gift card may be given. But another goal of the East Baton Rouge Parish programs is to help senior citizens as well as the disabled. Many of them go without during the Christmas or Thanksgiving season, and charities as well as churches try to provide them a free meal or small gift. For more information on how to apply as well as where to go for information, contact an organization below.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office
They administer a program known as the Christmas Crusade. Parents can apply one time only. They go get applications at the Baton Rouge City Constable’s Office Community Services Division or a local station. Thousands of children are usually given toys, small gifts, candy, clothing, and more to open Christmas morning. Donations are needed.

Christmas Crusade partner organizations include the following. But all applications need to go through the contact information above. If a family is not qualified, other charities can also provide tips on how to get money at Christmas.

  • 3777 L’Auberge Crossing. Baton Rouge, LA 70820. Phone: (225) 389-5511
  • Kleinpeter - 14431 Airline Highway Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70817. Call (225) 389-5114.
  • Central part of the parish – The distribution center is at 13016 Gurney Road Baton Rouge, LA 70818. Main phone (225) 389-5177.
  • Scotlandville takes part in holiday programs from their center at 1270 Rosenwald Baton Rouge, LA 70807. Call (225) 389-5105
  • Zachary-Plains - 23060 Brian Road Zachary, Louisiana 70791. Telephone number for help is (225) 389-5037.
  • Pride-Chaneyville area - 12828 Jackson Road, Zachary, LA 70791. Dial (225) 289-8985.




Live 2 Serve
Address is 1735 Thomas H. Delpit Drive
Baton  Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Main phone number is (225)-344-6775
East Baton Rouge Parish is covered by their Christmas Giveaway program. Churches as well as colleges such as Southern University and LSU take part. They give out dolls, electronics, books, and other holiday items. Churches may also serve Thanksgiving as well as Christmas meals.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge
1900 S Acadian Thru
Baton Rouge Louisiana 70808
Phone number is 225 336-8708
This is a partnership of churches. The resources include a low cost thrift store which may have season goods, including at Christmas. There is financial aid, a food pantry, clothing closet, and holiday help for single moms and families in poverty.

Salvation Army Social Services - Christmas Assistance
4025 W Brookstown Dr
Baton Rouge Louisiana 70805
(225) 357-3267
Low to moderate income families can apply for Angel Tree. There are also Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for the homeless and poor, shelter, school supplies, money for critical bills, and other resources run.

Toys for Tots is also run by the Salvation Army in Baton Rouge. The main phone number is 4025 East Brookstown, Baton Rouge, LA 70805. This helps children, single moms, teenagers and others get free Christmas toys, games, books, and more. Call (225) 357-3267.





Society of St. Vincent De Paul
Location is 220 St Vincent De Paul Pl
Baton Rouge Louisiana 70802
Phone (225) 383-7837
The charity operates a Christmas Toy Program. It relies on donations as well as volunteers. There is also a dining room on site that serves Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals, including turkeys. Free clothing, gifts for kids or teens, and other items are available.

By Jon McNamara

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