The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters and the Lexington Fire Department kicked off their 84th annual toy drive Friday.
Last year the toy drive gave gifts to more than 3,000 children, according to a fire department news release..
Fraternal order of Firefighters President John Durr began this year’s drive by asking the community to help families that are having a difficult holiday.
“We are coming together and asking the community to step forward with our firefighters to help bring some joy to these families again this year,” Durr said during the kick-off. “Just like we’ve asked you to do for the last 83 years.”
People can donate new unwrapped toys to any Lexington fire station, Durr said. Businesses, schools and churches can also organize toy collections for the drive.
Families interested in applying for a child to receive gifts from the program can stop by toy drive headquarters at 2245 Frankfort Court.
Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays or between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays, according to the fire department. The deadline is Nov. 25.
Applicants must be the parent or legal guardian of the child receiving the toys. The applicant must also have a valid and current ID with the same address as the one listed on the application, the child’s birth certificate or a letter of attendance from a Fayette County school and a proof of residence form in the form of a lease or a bill.
The child must be 12-years-old or younger.
Anyone with questions about organizing a collection for the drive or applying for a child to receive toys can call 859-523-9576.