The Bridge City/Orangefield Ministerial Alliance, a cooperative effort of the churches of Bridge City and Orangefield to work together to assist the needy, again this year asks residents to donate Christmas toys.

Since Hurricane Ike, the alliance has continually tried to restore its Christmas ministry, and will host a drive from 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 18 in the parking lot of Bridge City’s First Baptist Church.

The alliance ministers to Bridge City and Orangefield children who receive free or reduced lunches at school. The greatest need is toys for birth to Pre-K ages, as well as sport balls for older children.

Many families are still recovering from the aftermath of Ike and struggling with the high unemployment crisis. The alliance asks community members to share in the holiday spirit with a toy for a child.