Nearly 1,600 Fayette County kids will have a merry Christmas thanks to an outpouring of donations over the weekend.
By Friday, 1,592 kids had yet to be adopted from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree, about 1,000 more than at this time last year.
But it was a much different story Monday.
"All the angel cards were taken from the Fayette Mall display as of noon Sunday," said Maj. Debra Ashcraft, who organizes the program for the Salvation Army.
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And by Monday evening, all the cards at the other tree location, Whitaker Bank in Hamburg, were gone.
"The community came through during these very challenging times," she said. "I am so honored to live and serve here."
Toy donations are still needed in Fayette and Jessamine County. Ashcraft said 170 families are on a waiting list in Nicholasville.
Toys may be dropped off from 9 a.m to 8 p.m. through Friday at the Salvation Army toy center, 1030 South Broadway (the former E.W. James grocery store) or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day through Dec. 24 at 205 South First Street in Nicholasville. The Jessamine County office number is (859) 885-3512.
Volunteers are needed at the Lexington toy center from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day next week. If you have questions, call (859) 252-7709.