Volunteer Spirit: Where Your family Can Help for the Holidays

Mission of Hope
2901 Richmond Road, Ste. 130
P.O. Box 2051
(877) 627-1909
MOH’s goal is to provide more than 17,000 Appalachian school children with toys, food and clothes. The Clothing & Toy Christmas drive runs Nov. 18-Dec. 5. New, unwrapped toys and clothing and hygiene items can be dropped off at area Chick-fil-A, Valvoline and CiCi’s Pizza shops.

God’s Pantry & Food Bank
1685 Jaggie Fox Way
255-6592 / www.godspantry.org
God’s Pantry provides emergency food baskets for families year-round and needs volunteers and donations.

Christmas Store
614 E. 7th Street
514-7210 / www.godsnet.info  
The Catholic Action Center will host its 16th annual Christmas Store, Dec. 21-23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Store serves more than 15,000 needy children. Volunteers are needed beginning Dec. 20 to set up and work the store. To donate new or pre-loved toys, look for the Hungry Hippo-Crates at various churches and retail locations Dec. 1-19.

Fire Fighters Toy Drive
Lexington Fraternal Order of Fire Fighters
990 Nandino Blvd, Suite A
243-0351 / www.lfdfof.org
Bring new, unwrapped toys for children ages birth to 10 years to any Lexington fire station before Dec. 9.

Lexington Humane Society
1600 Old Frankfort Pike
233-0044  / www.lexingtonhumanesociety.org
The Humane Society needs old blankets, sheets and towels, canned cat food, pet toys, pee pads, HE laundry detergent and bleach. Donations are accepted seven days a week. During the holidays to benefit the Humane Society, shop for gifts at the Pampered Paws Boutique, Monday-Thursday, and Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Manchester Center
522 Patterson Street
Volunteers welcome.

The Nest
530 N. Limestone Street
259-2974, ext. 29
Reindeer Express is The Nest’s gift giveaway that will provide Christmas presents for children 5 and under and food boxes for families. Donations such as new toys, coats, food and cash should be brought to The Nest. Community groups are welcome to participate. Donations accepted Monday-Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m., and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-noon.

Salvation Army
736 W. Main Street / 252-7706
Choose a name from the Angel Gift Tree at Fayette Mall from Nov. 19-Dec. 12. You can also help Stuff a Stocking for a needy child or drop off small items at the Fayette Mall or any Lexington or Georgetown Walgreens and Whitaker Banks Nov. 18-Dec. 11. Choose a star off the Angel Food Tree at Kroger to purchase a $25 gift certificate to support families in need during the holidays.

YMCA of Central Kentucky
239 East High Street
254-9622 / ymcaofcentralky.org
Volunteers are needed for the annual Reindeer Ramble, a holiday themed 5K to benefit the Annual Giving Campaign where proceeds will benefit summer camps. The event is Saturday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m. at Keeneland.