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Salvation Army, Lexington firefighters team up to help make Christmas special for central Ky. families

Posted at 10:53 AM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 11:16:34-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Salvation Army is teaming up with Lexington’s Fraternal Order of Firefighters this year for the 2020 Angel Tree program.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program helps provide Christmas gifts for hundreds of thousands of children around the country each year. Last year, more than 4,800 children in central Kentucky received gifts.

“Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning,” Maj. William Garrett said. “We’re excited to be teaming up with the Lexington firefighters, who also have a longstanding tradition of helping make Christmas special for families in Central Kentucky. This program is needed now more than ever with the economic and health challenges created by the pandemic.”

Once a child has been registered and accepted as an "angel," the Christmas wish list is shared with local donors who purchase gifts of new clothing and toys. The gifts are distributed to the family to place under their family Christmas tree.

The deadline to register is Oct. 31.

Because of social distancing guidelines, distribution will be conducted as a drive-thru this year.

Families in Fayette, Jessamine and Scott counties can visit the Angel Tree website to fill out an application. No access code is needed. Applicants just need to enter their zip code.