Christmas came early for hundreds of children Thursday.
Many families say this is the first year they turned to the South Eastern Kentucky Empty Stocking fund for help.
Parents lined up at the Forest Bowling Lanes in Corbin to make sure their children have a christmas to remember. Some say this year was especially tough.
"Jobs and hours getting cut and everything it's been a little rougher, but other than that we're making it because of stuff like this," said Rebecca Robertson of Williamsburg.
Other families say getting this help inspired them.
"To help out families that are worse off than we are. I mean we got blessed this year and other families aren't. Just got to keep the faith and help each other out," said Paul Killion of Corbin.
Governor Steve Beshear showed up to meet some of the families.
"I'm proud of them for the efforts they are making and I'm here to partner with them as we move through these tough times into better times," said Governor Beshear.
Rotary club members did not see more families who need their help this year, but do expect more to reach out next Christmas.
"It's been about the same. We expected that we may have a lot more, but the problems that are developing are coming on everyday," said Joe Caldwell.
For now, volunteers are making sure these families have something under the christmas tree this year.
The Corbin Rotary Club and the Corbin Times-Tribune begin planning the Christmas party in January.
Many of the items given out are donated by local businesses.