Fred's in Bastrop is reaching out to help children of Morehouse Parish have a Merry Christmas.

Fred's manager Susanne Dean saw a need in the community and began Angel Tree toy drive three years ago.

"Since the mill left there is nothing here anymore," she said. "The economy is not what it used to be and people need help with Christmas. We try to help the families of abused women."

The gifts are purchased with monetary donations given in a box by the register, then Fred's employees wrap and deliver the presents to the children.

Dean said last year they helped over six hundred children, but this year they have fallen behind and will only be able to provide 300 to 400 children Christmas gifts.

For more information or to donate, call Susanne Dean at 281.2947 or go by Fred's in Bastrop.