Fayette County

Salvation Army to provide prayers on Christmas Eve, dinners on Christmas Day

Gravy was added to a Thanksgiving dinner plate.
Gravy was added to a Thanksgiving dinner plate. Herald-Leader

With donations running lower than usual this year, the Salvation Army is hosting a special event to pray for a miracle — for anyone who could use one.

On Thursday, the organization will host Miracle on Main Street. Anyone in the community is invited to bring a prayer request to drop in the red kettle at a drive-through kettle stand from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 736 West Main Street. Prayer requests can also be left in kettles around town or on the Lexington Salvation Army’s Facebook page.

Donations made to Central Kentucky’s online kettle at Onlineredkettle.org/centralky will be matched up to $80,000.

“We have faith that God and the generous people of Central Kentucky will help us meet our goal,” Major Thomas Hinzman, area coordinator at The Salvation Army in Lexington, said in a news release. “Instead of worrying, we’re choosing to focus on others.”

On Friday, the Salvation Army expects to serve nearly 1,000 meals at its annual Christmas Day dinner for the community. The free meal will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Main Street campus. More than 800 people are expected to come out for the turkey dinner, and volunteers will deliver 131 meals to the homebound. The Centenary United Methodist Church youth group plans to provide gifts for children who attend.