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Annual Christmas store opens in Lexington

Posted at 6:00 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 18:44:18-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The 24th annual Faith and Community Christmas Store opens its doors at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The store is full of toys for parents and guardians to shop at no cost for up to four children for Christmas.

"The most important thing I think is that we set this store up, so those in need maintain the dignity of being able to choose a toy or a gift card for their child," said Julie Harding, the Christmas Store organizer. "They get to choose it."

Beginning Tuesday morning, thousands of tickets will be handed out to those who would like to shop either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Once inside, shoppers will be paired with a volunteer serving as their personal shopper to help them pick out the right toys for their children.

"What you get back in the world is what you put out in the world and I think we should all participate a little more in that," said Jordan Dunn, a volunteer.

Gently used or new toys for newborns through 18-years-old will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Items also can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and noon Thursday.