Here is the info I have collected so far on local places to donate new toys for Christmas gifts for kids in need. Please comment to add to this list.

– House of Serenity Homeless Shelter in Ponchatoula is collecting new toys, as well as monetary donations to purchase toys, until next Wed., Dec 17 at 5pm. They are looking for toys, books, games, bicycles for all ages from 0-17. Checks can be made to “House of Serenity” – no matter how small or large, every penny will help make a lot of kids happy this season. Checks and toys can be brought to: Roux and Brew restaurant or Gabriel’s in Ponchatoula; or in Hammond: All-American Chiropractic at 303 W Minnesota Park or the Hammond Regional Arts Center at 217 E Thomas, across from the Columbia Theatre. House of Serenity thanks you for giving to kids in need right here in our community and asks you to spread the word to invite less fortunate kids to the event on Dec 20. Parents or guardians can eat while kids pick out their own gifts. For more information, call Nancy at 985-386-2068.

—Santa Fe Cattle Company is hosting their third Christmas dinner and toy giveaway for families in the community. They choose families from a local church and also from SAFE (our area’s domestic violence prevention agency). They are looking donations for girls and boys of ages 6 months-14 years. Please contact Madeline Bradley at 985-687-2206 or 985-345-9919 to help.

—DC Reeves’ 4-H Club is collecting toys until Dec. 17. They can be dropped off at DC Reeves with Ms. Mixon or Ms. Hampton. For more info:

—The American Legion Hall in Ponchatoula is collecting toys to go in Christmas baskets for local families. The baskets will contain canned food and a ham or turkey, but the group is seeking toy donations to include with the meals. You can call Jessica at 985-222-4639 for more information.

—The Crew of Pirates out of Baker is collecting donations to benefit the children at Our Lady of the Lake hospital, the New Orleans Children’s Hospital BR branch, and various foster families in the state. You can contact them at: https://www.facebook.com/CrewofPirates.

—Humble Hearts and Helping Hands out of Hammond is helping has 101 children for Christmas. You can contact them here:https://www.facebook.com/humbleheartshelpinghands

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