Lexington Christmas store closing up shop

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Organizers say it's the most wonderful time of the year. They say it is a chance for to offer a helping hand who those who need it.

"We've had an amazing response; especially volunteers covering all of our shifts," Carrie Berend, an organizer, said. "Bringing in donations. A lot of times, we run low on teen gifts and 9-12 age range gifts, but we've had them the entire store."

The 17-th annual Faith and Community Christmas store has provided hundreds of shoppers the chance to play St. Nick, giving them tickets and times to shop.

"We know the rest of the year can be really rough for folks, so Christmas should be a time of joy in the household and a time to forget hardships. This store gives people a chance to do that," Berend said.

Volunteers and shoppers say they're hoping these Christmas toys will bring Christmas joys.

"Looking for ride-alongs, puzzles, clothing," Tereas Burdette said.

Burdette spent her Sunday as a personal shopper, volunteering to help others find the perfect gifts. She says this experience has inspired her to make changes in the year to come.

"One of the things we want to do is donate some toys ourselves. Some gently used toys next year and some clothes--bring them here instead of other places--bring them here to help the community."

The store was open for three days and closed Sunday afternoon.