Mer Rouge Community Chest kicked off their 35 year drive.

The organization takes donations from local businesses to give to local charities and to use for members of the community in times of emergency.

"Let us strive to surpass our goal of $10,000 that will enable us to allocate to the 30 listed charities that help the humanities," Chairman Daniel Harris said. "I appeal to you to give your fair share, remembering that God is never out-done with generosity."

The drive will run now through March. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 135, Mer Rouge, La. 71261.