Where to Volunteer 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 17,500 Appalachian school children with new toys, food and clothes. The Christmas  drive runs through Dec. 3.
Contributions can be dropped off at all three YMCA locations, Monkey Joe’s, Lex. Dance Factory, Premier Athletics, Kids Place, area Chick-fil-A’s, Valvoline, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, and Lexington Family Magazine.
Financial contributions are also accepted in care of Mission of Hope at the address above.

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

Christmas Store
614 E. 7th Street
The Catholic Action Center will host its 17th annual Christmas Store, Dec. 21-23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in a warehouse at the corner of Second Street and Midland Avenue.
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 drop-off bins  at various churches and retail locations Dec. 1-19.

Lexington Humane Society
1600 Old Frankfort Pike
233-0044 / www.lexingtonhumanesociety.org
The Humane Society needs canned cat and dog food, pet toys, pee pads, HE laundry detergent and bleach. Donations are accepted seven days a week.
During the holidays, 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.
Choose a “Sponsor a Pet Photo Frame” from the Christmas tree for $20 to make a donation in a loved one’s name.

The Nest
530 N. Limestone Street
259-1974, ext. 29
Reindeer Express is The Nest’s gift giveaway that will provide Christmas presents for children 5 and under.
Donations such as new toys, coats, and cash should be brought to The Nest by Dec. 10. Community groups are welcome to participate. Donations accepted Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Salvation Army
736 W. Main Street
Choose a name from the Angel Gift Tree at Fayette Mall through Dec. 9. You can organize a “Stuff a Stocking” drive with your group or church through Dec. 23.
Choose a star off the Angel Food Tree at Kroger to purchase a $25 gift certificate to support families in need during the holidays. Through Dec. 24.

YMCA of Central Kentucky
239 East High Street
Volunteers are needed for the annual Reindeer Ramble, a holiday-themed 5K run to benefit the Annual Giving Campaign. Proceeds will benefit summer camps. The event is Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. at Keeneland.