The Lexington fire department will kick off its annual Week of Giving by commemorating the ninth anniversary of 9/11 Saturday.
At 8 a.m. at Coldstream off McGrathiana Parkway, firefighters and residents will be participating in the "Run to Remember." The 4.03-mile trek commemorates the 403 public safety officers who died when the World Trade Center towers in New York City collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001.
Last-minute registration for the run is open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday. All money raised from $25 entry fees will be donated to Kentucky Children's Hospital.
The Fraternal Order of Firefighters will participate in the Shop with a Firefighter program at the Hamburg Wal-Mart from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Firefighters will buy clothes, school supplies and other necessities for disadvantaged students who have been selected by their schools to receive help.
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The Week of Giving was established in 2004 by fire department chaplain Lt. Stewart Dawson. In past years, firefighters have cooked dinner for Ronald McDonald House and repaired homes of elderly Lexington residents. Firefighters are encouraged to volunteer on their own all week.