Two community programs will be held before Veterans' Day to honor World War II veterans.
A one-hour program of recognition for students, parents, family, friends and veterans will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Veterans Park Elementary School, 4351 Clearwater Way.
Students will perform patriotic music, and World War II veterans will be guests of honor.
At 3 p.m., a World War II bronze memorial plaque will be rededicated at Veterans Park Memorial Site. It is at the entrance to the park, where there are flags and a battle tank. The plaque is being moved to the park from downtown Lexington.
Both programs are open to World War II veterans and the public.
For more information, call Renee Montgomery at (859) 258-3100.
City offers free one-day paper-shredding event
Lexington's Division of Waste Management, along with Cintas and God's Pantry Food Bank, will host the second annual Paper Shredding Day for Fayette County residents.
Shredding documents that contain personal information helps to reduce the risk of identify theft.
The free event, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the landfill pad on Old Frankfort Pike, is being held in conjunction with America Recycles Day on Monday. All the shredded paper will be recycled by Cintas into low-grade products such as tissue paper.
Participants are asked to make sure that paper doesn't have paper clips or bindings. Staples do not have to be removed. There is a limit of 25 boxes of paper per person.
There is no charge for the service, but those who have documents to be shredded are urged to bring non-perishable foods for God's Pantry.
Among the items needed most are canned meat, canned fruit, soup, canned beans, tomato products and baby formula. Items packed in glass will not be accepted.
For more information about this event, call LexCall at 311 or go to Lexingtonky.gov.
Firefighter toy drive seeks eligible families, donations
In its 79th year, the Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters, in partnership with the Lexington Fire Department, will hold the Firefighter Toy Program.
The program provides toys to families in financial difficulty because of recent layoffs, health issues, physical problems or unexpected expenses.
"There are a lot of parents out there working hard to simply provide food, shelter and clothing for their children," Fraternal Order of Firefighters president Nicholas Newman said. "When the holidays come around, it's stressful to want to get your child a toy or two and not have the means to do so.
The Toy Program relieves some of that stress and allows both parent and child to experience the peace of the season."
Parents who would like help from the Firefighter Toy Program may sign up at 1020 Industry Road, No. 80, next to the Bingo Hall in the rear of Eastland Shopping Center, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
For details on eligibility, go to Lfdfof.org or call the Fraternal Order of Firefighters at (859) 243-0351.
People who would like to donate toys to the program may drop them off at any Lexington fire station through Dec. 10. Toys should be new, unwrapped and appropriate for children 10 or younger, including newborns.