Firefighters need donations for auction

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Lexington firefighters are holding an auction Saturday that will benefit their annual holiday toy drive.
Donations are down by half and they need your help getting more so that local kids will have a good Christmas.
The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters has been collecting donated goods since last month in anticipation of Saturday's Chuck Williams auction.
It's held each year in honor of a Lexington firefighter who lost his life in 1997 after falling through the roof of a burning home.
"It's great to come out and see these guys and show support,” said John Dorr, a firefighter who’s been on the force for almost 20 years. “It's saying, we haven't forgotten, we won't forget him."
This year, donations for the event are down by half.
"We don't know if it's the stress of the economy or people are being reserved with the healthcare change,” said Dorr. “It's struck a little fear into companies and businesses."
One of the big ticket items is this print signed by Coach John Calipari of the Wildcats 2012 National Championship win.
Money raised will go to fund the FOF Firefighter Toy Program.
Toys will be distributed to needy families, on December 13th.
You can drop by the auction site at 3101 Clays Mill Road anytime today or tomorrow to give a donation.
"You may be going to work tonight and ask your manager if they can get a basket together and we can donate dinner or somebody may have UK Basketball tickets they know they're not going to use this year," he said.
The auction will start Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Firefighter Chili Cook-off is before that at 11:30 a.m.
You can also drop off any new, unwrapped toy at any one of the fire stations around town.

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