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Christmas charity store opens tomorrow, still needs help

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Volunteers have been hard at work for the past few days getting the Faith and Community Christmas Store set up. The store opens to shoppers tomorrow and organizers say they still need more volunteers and toys.

Organizer Ginny Ramsey said helping at the store is one of the most important things you can do with your time this Christmas season.

"They will be giving themselves the best Christmas present of the year - to be able to come and be a part of sharing the spirit of Christmas with those in need in our community," she said.

People have been dropping off carloads of toys while volunteers work to transform this space into a store for Lexington's needy families. Mike Scanlon donated the building, which usually houses his car collection.

"We took my cars out and turned the building over to the best use it gets all year. Seeing this property do what it's doing is absolutely what the spirit of Christmas and the holidays for everybody is. It brings joy to me and my whole family's heart," he said.

Organizers will begin handing out tickets to the store at 8:00 tomorrow morning, but they don't want people to put themselves in danger to get in.

"Do not come and spend the night and make a big line waiting for tickets for tomorrow morning. It is going to be freezing in the morning. They will be putting their health in jeopardy. We want them to enjoy the store and to share in this joy of Christmas, but we don't want them standing out in the freezing cold rain," said Ramsey.

Organizers are still looking for people to help out Friday and Saturday afternoons and the morning shift on Sunday. To find out how you can help, visit http://www.godsnet.info.

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