LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The organizers of the 24th annual Catholic Action Christmas Shop opened their storage units to an upsetting reality: The Christmas decorations were gone.
The 24-year collection is what director and co-founder Ginny Ramsey said makes the Christmas Shop come to life.
"We know that the environment means a lot, because people would walk into the store area, and their eyes will light up, because this is done for them," Ramsey explained.
The store is meant to help parents and guardians in need shop for new or gently used toys, games and other gifts for their children for Christmas.
Ramsey said, "over 18,000 children are shopped for. It all happens with this magical time of year at Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road."
But without any Christmas decorations, the shop will be in an empty warehouse-like room.
"It's so important when you walk into a store to feel like it's welcoming the spirit of Christmas," said Ramsey.
Therefore, the Catholic Action Center asked the community, both families and business, to donate or loan them large Christmas decorations such as artificial trees, festive outdoor inflatables, thousands of lights and many other substantially sized decorations to use while the Christmas Shop is open in December.
To donate or loan items, email the Catholic Action Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.