BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Local leaders and law enforcement decided to come together over the weekend, to provide a toy drive to hundreds of families in need this holiday season.

Louisiana State Police, in partnership with Bridge Agency Inc., hosted their 6th Annual “Christmas Toy Drive Giveaway” at state headquarters.

“Every we take time to pause to give back through collaborative outreach and we do that by collecting 3,000 toys to give back to community members,” said Nicole Scott, founder and executive director of Bridge Agency.

Giving back to community members is always on law enforcement’s mind.

According to Superintendent of Louisiana State Police, Colonel Lamar A. Davis, says that having their community trust and enjoy their time with law enforcement is necessary. “We want them to understand who we are, to know who we are in the field to feel comfortable,” he said.

The drive-thru event provided toys for 300 families, giveaway 150 turkeys, and provided access to several resource vendors.

Toy drives help out parents like Erne Stine. “It’s a big help, especially this time of year when you don’t have the funds to get what your kids really want, at least they do have gifts under the Tree,” she says.

On the other side of town, at BREC Gus Young Gym, was the Annual Santa Roadshow. Participation ranges from local community leaders, elected officials, dance teams, school bands, and local businesses. Proceeds from the Christmas parade entry fee are used to purchase toys, electronics, bikes, and more.

The toy drive was hosted by local leader State Representative C. Denise Marcel. She says that proceeds raised, went to giving away bikes today, basketballs, footballs, any toy you name it, it’s in this building.

State Representative C. Denise Marcel along with our top sponsors Entergy, Care South, and Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys was able to put on the annual toy Roadshow.

Both toy drives were free to the public while supply lasted.