LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Tuesday morning, volunteers lit a very special Christmas tree in downtown Lexington.
Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in the family court system (or CASA), kicked off their annual Angel Tree campaign with the help of the McBrayer Law Firm.
The group is collecting gifts for abused and neglected children throughout the holiday season.
Organizers say this year, they are more children in need than ever before.
Volunteers say their goal is to not only meet the kids needs, but to also share the joy of opening the toys they've always wanted during the holidays.
"We had a 5-year-old last year, that when he received his casa angel tree gifts, he opened it and said, 'oh my goodness, I'll get to keep these and they won't go to the pawn shop,'" CASA organizer Melynda Jamison said.
CASA is currently recruiting new volunteers to start training in January.
For more information you can call the group at 859-246-4313 or visit the attached link.