LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Two Lexington organizations that separately put together toy drives for families who can't afford Christmas presents are working together this year. The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters has donated leftover toys to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, helping to ensure every child has something under their tree.
The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters and the Salvation Army each have programs that serve children in need during the holiday season. But this year, they've been storing their donations under the same roof. The FOF had their toy pick up earlier this month and they decided to give the extra toys to the Salvation Army Angels, who hadn't been picked.
"We'll have some in storage for next year, in case the need is up and the donations are down. We still have people dropping stuff off at the station, so kids can have it this year. We're going to help out as much as we can," President of the FOF, Todd Houston said.
The firefighters have already donated two pallets of toys to the Salvation Army. A couple weeks ago, there were about 500 angels left and now there are only about 100. So to help, Don Franklin Auto donated $5,450 to ensure every angel has something to unwrap on Christmas Day.
"Some of us drive up here every little bit and see the progress. It's just really fulfilling to see and see how hard these folks work to make all of these things happen," Executive Manage of Don Franklin Auto, Eddie Thompson said.
"This is the realization that everyone in the community wants to see. Which is knowing that different groups are coming together to really see that everyone is taken care of," Major William Garret with the Salvation Army, said.
The angel tree donations will be accepted until Tuesday at noon. The distribution of the donations is on Wednesday.