BATON ROUGE, LA, (WVLA) Christmas may be more than a month away, but Florida Boulevard Baptist Church is already starting to collect gifts. The church is the main drop off point for "Operation Christmas Child" in Baton Rouge. The program collects toys, clothing, and other items for children in need in over 100 countries around the world. The gifts are packed into "shoe boxes," shipped, and then hand delivered to each child. Last year, the program gifted about 8 million children. This year organizers say they are hoping to increase that number by at least half a million. The church will begin taking donations on Monday, and will continue throughout the week.
To donate a gift, you can bring it directly to Florida Boulevard Baptist Church at 10915 Florida Boulevard.