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By Amanda Ward - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Bells will be ringing this holiday season, as the Salvation Army begins asking for donations.

It's expected that even more people are in need this holiday season following two hurricanes and with the economy the way it is.

But in addition to the Salvation Army's efforts, it's time to apply for the KPLC Community Christmas in which we team with the American Red Cross.

We will be asking for applications November 17-November 20 beginning Monday at 9 am at the National Guard Armory, 1111 First Avenue.

To apply: you must have a valid state-issued picture ID, all social security cards for everyone in your household, all current food stamp information--if you receive them, all monthly bills and proof of all income.

"If you do not have all of those things, you can not apply. There are no exceptions," said Beki Derise, Program Director with the American Red Cross.

Last year, KPLC's Community Christmas served more than 3,000 people and close to 2,000 of those were children.

Anyone looking to make a difference in the lives of people who without your help might not have a merry Christmas.

Donations boxes will be out the weekend of Thanksgiving (one of the biggest shopping seasons).

"Drop something in there, like can goods, toys, anything you think your children or grandchildren would like. Because that's what this is, American Red Cross and KPLC's Community Christmas. We're Santa Claus, we make a difference in our community!" said Derise.

Teaming up to make sure every child that is less fortunate wakes up and knows there really is a Santa Claus.

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