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Donations low for Lexington firefighters’ toy drive

In this 2011 file photo, firefighter John Durr added boxes of toys to a wall-sized pile at Hamburg Wal-Mart in Lexington after Big Ass Fans employees shopped for thousands in gifts for the firefighters to distribute.
In this 2011 file photo, firefighter John Durr added boxes of toys to a wall-sized pile at Hamburg Wal-Mart in Lexington after Big Ass Fans employees shopped for thousands in gifts for the firefighters to distribute. palcala@herald-leader.com

The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters and the Lexington Fire Department are asking people to help them finish strong in their 84th annual toy drive.

The toy drive gave gifts to more than 3,000 children last year, but donations are a little low this year, Fraternal Order of Firefighters president John Durr said.

“We’re not looking to give these kids an abundance; we just want every kid to get something,” Durr said.

The annual giveaway for the toys will be this Saturday, Durr said. At this rate, the toy drive will probably be able provide something for each child, but the firefighters want to give the children the best Christmas they can.

“A lot of these parents are in tremendous need, and they are really stressed about the holidays,” Durr said.

New toys that have not been gift-wrapped can be dropped off at any fire station in the city, Durr said.

“We’re just asking people to please keep us in mind and in their hearts,” Durr said.

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