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Many in community pitching in to help Christmas Store

The holidays can be a stressful time for many of us, especially families who can't afford to buy toys as gifts for their children.

However, Lexington's Faith and Community Christmas Store will be able to help again this year.

The program is now in its 16th year. Organizers collect donated toys for children to receive.

"Parents can come and shop these three days from the 21st through the 23rd of December," Christmas Store Organizer Ginny Ramsey said.

Ramsey says the community is already coming through for the program in a big way.

"Mike Scanlon offered for us to use his warehouse on Midland Avenue, and Bret Melrose has agreed to let us use Fayette Heating and Air's vacant building next door," Ramsey said. "So our parents can shop with dignity, but wait inside out of the cold."

Toys are currently being collected for the more than 15,000 children organizers anticipate serving.

Bins are stationed at various locations around Lexington. Ramsey says gently used and new toys are being accepted.

Ramsey says this work is a labor of love.

"It's part of the fabric of the season for many families," Ramsey said. "The way they give back, and I get the joy of being able to see what they do."

You can drop off toy donations for the Faith and Community Christmas Store at any of the locations listed below.

Chinoe Center - 1060 Chinoe Rd.

Crossroads Christian Church - 4128 Todds Rd.

Family Practice Associates of Lexington - 1775 Alysheba Way Suite 20

GodsNet- 614 E. 7th St.

Kroger on Romany

Kroger at Beaumont

Kroger at Brannon Crossing

Lexington Christian Academy

Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary- Clays Mill Road

Orlando's Party & Pantry - Moore Drive

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton- 1730 Summerhill Dr.

Sts. Peter and Paul School - 423 W. Short St.

UK Newman Center - 320 Rose Lane

Winchester Rd. Christmas Store Warehouse - 772 Winchester Rd.

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