Finances can be difficult for some families this time of year. As temperatures drop, many are worried about heating bills, putting food on the table at Thanksgiving or Christmas presents. Maybe they’re people you know, or maybe they’re strangers.

But there are ways to help. Different organizations collaborate with local grocery stores to hold food drives for neighborhood food pantries and meal programs. Some department stores hold toy drives for different organizations.

When you are out shopping for your holiday feasts or battling the Black Friday war, consider helping those in need this holiday season.

Greensburg Christmas parade

The Greensburg Christmas parade will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Miss Louisiana Lacey Sanchez will be the grand marshal. The parade begins on South Third Street in front of the Forest Festival grounds, turns onto La. 37, up to La. 10, then right on La. 43. If you are interested in participating in the parade, contact Town Hall at (225) 222-4312. All entries must be received no later than Dec. 9.

Seeking Santa’s helpers

The St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office, business associates, members of the community and local organizations are working together to make Christmas a special time for approximately 200 children and their families.

You can be “Santa’s helper” and share the spirit of Christmas with those unable to purchase gifts by donating to Sheriff Nat Williams’ annual toy drive.

If you would like to donate a toy, drop it off at the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office at 19 N. First St. in Greensburg, or you can mail it to Santa Helper, P.O. Box 1205, Greensburg, LA 70441. The last day to donate is Dec. 7.

For more information, call (225) 222-4413, ext. 228.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email swarren@theadvocate.com.