The St. George Fire Department, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Christmas for Challenged Children will jointly host parades on the first two weekends in December in St. George’s district where residents can donate money, food and toys, according to a news release.
Santa Claus will ride atop a St. George fire truck and vehicles from the Food Bank and Christmas for Challenged Children will follow as they parade through St. George’s fire protection district south of Baton Rouge’s city limits, spokesman Eldon Ledoux said.
Ledoux urged people not to approach the fire engines or try to hand donations to Santa or firefighters because of safety issues. He said the volunteers for the other groups will receive donations in the vehicles following the fire truck.
Ledoux said the parade will travel through neighborhoods between Airline Highway and the Amite River on Saturday and Sunday and neighborhoods between Airline Highway and the Mississippi River on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. The parades will go from 10 a.m. to dusk on Saturdays and noon to dusk on Sundays.
Ledoux added that if residents miss the parade, they can drop off donations at marked barrels at any of the eight St. George fire stations. If people want to donate money instead of toys and goods, they should make checks out to the Food Bank and Christmas for Challenged Children, and not to St. George, because the two groups can stretch the money further than St. George because of negotiated discounts with vendors and wholesalers, he said.
The St. George District is an 83-square-mile stretch of East Baton Rouge Parish south of the Baton Rouge city limits to the parish’s southern border and along the West Baton Rouge Parish line to the west and the Livingston Parish line to the east.
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