Where Your Family Can Volunteer for the Holidays

Mission of Hope
P.O. Box 51824, Knoxville, Tenn.
(865) 584-7571 or (877) 627-1909

MOH’s goal is to provide more than 18,000 Appalachian school children with new toys, food and clothes. The Christmas drive runs through Dec. 5.
Contributions can be dropped off at Lexington Family Magazine, Chick-fil-A locations, Collins Bowling Centers at Southland and Eastland, Curves locations, Kids Place, Legacy All Sports,  Monkey Joe’s, Premier Athletics, and WKYT-TV.

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. Seventh Street

The Catholic Action Center will host its 20th annual Christmas Store, Dec. 19-21, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. at the Southland Christian Church Richmond Road Campus. The store serves more than 15,000 needy children. Volunteers are needed beginning Dec. 15 – 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.
Lexington Humane Society
1600 Old Frankfort Pike

The Humane Society needs cash donations, canned wet cat food, cat litter, soft dog training treats flat sheets (not fitted), towels, exotic pet food, AA batteries and cat toys. Donations are accepted seven days a week.

During the holidays, shop for gifts at the Pawlidays Gift Shop starting Nov. 22 through after Christmas. Hours are 12-6 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 12-8 on Friday, 12-6 on Saturday, and 1-5 on Sunday. Hours may change during December.
Choose a “Sponsor a Pet Ornament” from the Christmas tree to make a donation in a loved one’s name.


The Nest
530 N. Limestone Street
259-1974, ext. 260

Reindeer Express is The Nest’s gift giveaway that will provide Christmas presents for more than 900 children on Dec. 16.
Donations such as new toys, coats, and cash should be brought to The Nest by Dec. 16. Community groups and volunteers are welcome to participate. Donations accepted Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.


The Salvation Army
736 W. Main Street

Choose a name from the Angel Gift Tree at Fayette Mall and other locations through Dec. 11.

Volunteers are needed at the Fayette Mall Angel Tree display for two-hour shifts or longer, from Nov. 18-Dec. 11.
Hygiene items including soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and socks can also be donated and will be given away during the Christmas season.
Choose a star off the Angel Food Tree at Kroger to purchase a $25 gift certificate to support families in need during the holidays begins Nov. 18 through New Years.
Volunteers are needed to adopt a kettle and participate in bell ringing to raise money to help the homeless, hungry and disadvantaged. Bell Ringing takes place from Nov. 18-Dec. 24.
Volunteer at the Salvation Army distribution center to help match gifts from the Angel Gift Tree to the children.


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. 10, at 9 a.m. at Keeneland.