Lexington Christmas Toy Program Cancelled

After 75 years of providing toys to children who otherwise might wake up on Christmas Day with no packages under the tree, the Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters is hanging up the Santa suit.

The organization cites lack of funds and volunteer resources as reasons driving the difficult decision to call it quits.

They plan to aide other Lexington organizations, such as the Marines and the Salvation Army, in their efforts to provide children with toys on Christmas morning.


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  • by mother of 2 year old Location: Lexington on Oct 28, 2007 at 02:59 PM
    ok, Delia, I have a 2 year old. She might not have a christmas this year. I recently lost my job of 10 years and it has left me broke. I had a cell phone, a car, and nice clothes. they were paid for while I was working. its wrong for me to apply for every government sponsered charity and giveaway that I can? nope. My child diserves things too... even if I dont have a big income. whats the saying? (edited) happens.... when it rains it poors. I bet you never have dropped a toy into the ben have you?
  • by Fire WIfe Location: KY on Sep 18, 2007 at 11:02 AM
    Well then Fred, quit putting everything and everybody down!! That whole comment, 'I do appreciate everything you do, don't get me wrong'. What the heck!!?? When all you have to say is VERY negative, harsh and very inappropriate comments then why would we even think that you appreciate the fire service at all? Especially after the comment, 'I hope my house doesn't catch on fire'..how awful to even think that kind of a thought to just get someone keyed up. I don't understand a lot of people and most of all you! My husband is a professional and volunteer firefighter, he doesn't do it for the money obviously because he is a volunteer here at home, he does it to help people, but then all they get is grief from selfish and RUDE people such as yourself. What you don't realize is these men and women are a special breed, they are a part of the fire service because they want to be, and they do not care whether they receive public recognition or not. I agree with the other fire wife, Fred-Grow UP!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 17, 2007 at 10:10 AM
    To the Lex Firefighter: As a matter of fact, I have faithfully contributed to your toy drive, AND I do a fair share of volunteer work myself, especially around holidays. I do appreciate everything you all do, don't get me wrong.
  • by Anonymous - another fire wife Location: KY on Sep 17, 2007 at 08:10 AM
    Fred, you are just like the majority of people in my little (and highly uneducated and unappreciative) town who do not care, not realize, what my husband does for a living. No one appreciates them until they are needed, which is very sad. 9/11 brought about a respect, for a short lived time, but that has faded long ago. My daughter is 2 and she already has more respect for what my husband does than 90% of the residents whose homes and property are protected by their service each and every day. Grow up Fred - and while you are at it, GET A LIFE!
  • by Fed up with lazy people on Sep 17, 2007 at 05:56 AM
    It is a shame that children are the ones who suffer, however, I agree that there are many parents who take advantage of multiple charity toy events at Christmas and their kids end up getting more than anybody. I used to work with a female who did this. She had a good job but lied to get subsidized housing, food stamps, child care assistance and every Christmas here children would make bank. This is enough of a reason for me to not want to support such charity events. I feel like I am being scammed. Unfortunately, the parents selfish actions are what make me feel this way. It is a pity for their children.
  • by Fire WIfe Location: KY on Sep 16, 2007 at 02:13 PM
    In regards to all of the posts, I am a fire wife and I agree fully with what the other fire wife posted. People drive up in Escalades to get free toys for their children. What, did they spend too much on their new vehicle to buy their children toys for Christmas? I am appauled at what Fred wrote about hoping his house doesn't catch on fire. Do you realize Fred that everyday my husband risks his life for unappreciative and naive people such as yourself? Maybe if you would help out and donate your time and money instead of griping about EVEYRTHING before you know the real circumstances, maybe something positive would happen around here. You are so quick to scrutinize everyone, well I am sorry that your life is so miserable that you feel the need to disrespect the very people who put their lives on the line. Did you miss the part where they are going to aid the Salvation Army and other organizations? Wait, you were probably too stuck on yourself to notice.
  • by Lex.Firefighter Location: Lexington on Sep 16, 2007 at 01:20 PM
    I am a firefighter in Lexington,and we are not afraid of being sued over Chineses made toys...It is solely a money issue.The Lexington Fire Dept. doesn't provide this service,it is the Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters.It is solely voluntary of the Firefighters of Lexington tot do this,and the money is just not there,or is the donations to pull it off.This was a year-long process to pull this off,not just at Christmas.The members of the FOF and the Lexingtn Fire Dept. worked very hard on this year after year.We loved helping out the community,but we can't do it alone,we needed the help of a lot of others too,and it wasn't there.So,Fred.....trust me we work hard everyday to keep you safe and will always be there,when the going gets tough is when we are called and always there.Maybe Fred should have helped give out toys,collected toys,or gave monetary donations then he could maybe see what hard really is.It is easy to sit back and judge when you really don't know what goes on!!!!!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 14, 2007 at 10:06 AM
    Delia, reading your post, I get the impression that we should hold the children responsible for their parents actions. To respond to your comment "if the child was hungry the day before and the day after, what has been accomplished?", my reply would be that the child was not hungry the day in between. Yes, people get "soft" around Christmas, as well they should. The world would be a lot better place if they stayed "soft" year around. Maybe we should all step back, crawl off of our high horses, and try to do something for the children, ESPECIALLY if their deadbeat parents will not.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 14, 2007 at 07:24 AM
    Oops. Things get a little rocky and we just throw in the towel. Hope that's not the case if my house catches on fire.
  • by heather Location: ky on Sep 14, 2007 at 05:28 AM
    The building where they give out the toys is Heritage Hall, and I agree.
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