Lexington firefighters launch annual Toy Program

The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters non-profit organization announced the start of its annual toy program Friday.

Each year, firefighters accept new, unwrapped toys to be given to families who can not afford to buy Christmas gifts for their children. Anyone can donate toys appropriate for newborns through 10-year-olds at any Lexington fire station from now through Dec. 14.

The Firefighter Toy Program is not accepting stuffed toys this year.

Families who want to register for getting toys can do so starting Nov. 12 at 324 Henry Street. Eligibility requirements will be available at or by calling the Fraternal Order of Firefighters at (859) 243-0351, according to a news release.

The non-profit also is accepting donations for a benefit auction Dec. 8 and 9.

The program provides toys for thousands of children each year. Mayor Jim Gray, Fraternal Order of Firefighters President John Durr, Fire Chief Keith Jackson and Santa Claus announced this year's toy program at a news conference.