The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and Baton Rouge City Constable’s Office will be taking applications for the annual Christmas Crusade for Children program next week, a news release says .

The program is a way for local agencies to donate and deliver holiday gifts to children in need. The program was started in 1988 by the late Sheriff Elmer Litchfield and has helped thousands of children each year.

Parents can apply by visiting any Sheriff’s Office substation and filling out an application Nov. 28 through Dec. 2, or by visiting the City Constable’s Office Community Services Division located at Cortana Mall inside Entrance number 5 between Sears and Macy’s between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Applicants must live inside the parish, and children must be under 12 years of age to qualify for this program. Parents must have child’s Social Security number in order to apply. The limit is one toy per child. People wanting to donate new, unwrapped, Christmas toys may do so at Citadel Broadcasting at 650 Wooddale Blvd., the City Constable’s Office headquarters in the City Court Building, the City Constable’s Office Community Services Center inside the Mall at Cortana or any Sheriff’s Office substation.