The North Shreveport Business Association is helping us make Christmas a whole lot brighter for less fortunate kids right here in our community.

The organization is collecting new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations for Operation Santa Claus, a collaborative effort by the Shreveport Fire and Police Departments, Bossier Sheriff's Office, and us here at Townsquare Media, to bring Christmas joy to local children whose families are struggling this year.

Admission to the Association's December 13 luncheon is a donation to OSC. You can also drop those off at Roberts Companies at 1500 North Market Street, Suite R-300 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through December 12.

Of course, you can also bring donations by one of our drop-off stops, or at the TSM studios at 6341 Westport Avenue in Shreveport. Our next drop-off remote is tomorrow (December 8) at the Brookshire's on Highway 80 in Haughton.

Here's a list of some of the items we're looking for this year, and we thank the NSBA for putting this together:

Dolls (Finding Dory Dolls, Barbie Dolls, Baby Alive, Baby Dolls, Monster High Dolls)
Teddy Bears, Stuffed Animals
Minnie Mouse, Cookie Monster, Paw Patrol, Lion King, Disney's Frozen Toys
Puzzles, Books, Coloring Books
Art Supplies, Drawing Sets, Pencil Colors
Nail Polishing Sets, Make-Up, Make-Up Sets
Remote Control Cars, Remote Control Helicopters
Educational Toys, Learning Toys
Learning Games, Board Games, Video Games
Bake Sets, Tea Sets
K’nex, Building Blocks, Legos (including girls’ sets)
Soccer Balls, Footballs, Basketballs, Baseballs
Baseball Gloves, Basketball Goals, Badminton Games, Skates
Tools
Hot Wheels, Fire Trucks, Police Cars, Dump Trucks, Toy Motorcycles
Watches, Radio Clocks, MP3 Players
Riding Toys, Big Wheels, Tricycles, Bicycles
Action Figures: Star Wars Figures, Superman, Iron Man, Batman, Spider Man, G.I. Joe Figures, Girl Superhero Figures, Marvel Action Figures, Ninja Turtles
Toy Dinosaurs
Bath Toys
Baby Gym, Jumperoo
Nerf Gun
Rod and Reel
Purses, Dress Up Clothes, Disney Princess Dresses
Shopkins Toys, Littlest Pet Shop Sets, My Little Pony Sets
Dinotrux Sets, Minecraft Sets, Transformers