LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – During the cold winter months, warm hearts abound. This is illustrated by the uptick in generosity during the holiday season. According to one study, 30 percent of annual giving occurs in December.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) acknowledged local efforts in this regard on the first Sunday in December.

LPSO took to social media to praise the community for its generosity by posting, “So grateful to our community! We are blown away by your kindness & support!” on its Facebook page.

The Sheriff’s Office was referring to the community’s response to its Christmas Crusade charity event, which is a toy drive that will run until December 11.

Interestingly, LPSO says some of the very locals who once received toys from the charitable event are now able to support the program with donations of their own.

LSU athletes who grew up in Livingston were among this year’s supporters as were business owners who filled an entire LPSO unit with toys.

Deputies said they even saw children emptying their bank accounts in hopes of sharing with other young ones in need.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the week of December 5 marks the final week for Livingston Parish residents to apply to become recipients of the toy drive.

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