Toy Drive Off to Slow Start
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A holiday program serving families in need is experiencing a decline in support. So far the Lexington Firefighter Toy Program is feeling the sting of an ailing economy. Fraternal Order of Firefighters President, John Durr, says donations are coming in much slower this year.
“I don’t know if it’s just for the fact that a lot of these people who are used to buying their own Christmas and that’s coming to us -like I said we’re probably at about an 80% range of people who have never been in our program before. So these are people who are normally out there buying their own Christmas and maybe even donating toys,” Durr says.
This is the 81st year of the toy drive. Last year the Lexington Fire Department distributed toys to more than 3,000 children and they hope to match that number again this year. Durr says along with setting up donation locations and holding a silent auction, the Department is also recruiting some star-power right out of the North Pole.
“We have a Santa program, which what we kind of ask for is a small donation but Santa can come out to your party and visit with your kids and maybe even the adults if they want to be good enough to have a visit from Santa,” Durr says.
Additional information about the Fraternal Order of Firefighter’s community programs is available at www.lfdfof.org.