Firefighter giveaway includes toys collected in honor of murdered two-year-old

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It was the culmination of months of work by volunteers, including a family working to honor a young girl who was killed last December.

More than 1,200 kids will be getting Christmas toys this year because of the work of the Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters and dozens of volunteers.

"This is our Super Bowl I guess, as silly as it sounds. This is two-and-a-half months in the making," said firefighter Todd Houston, the president of Lexington's Fraternal Order of Firefighters

The volunteers all come for different reasons. For the girls basketball team from Eminence High School, it was about giving back.

"It’s just a great feeling, you know. If they don’t have it then it’s just a way to help out the community," said Tavi West.

And for a family from Lexington, it was about honoring a two-year-old by helping other children.

"Nova was a pretty sharing kid, so I think that this is something good that would honor her memory and be absolutely wonderful for the children," said Tammye Sparks, Nova Gallman's great-grandmother.

Gallman was killed last December during a home invasion.

Her family has spent the last few months collecting toys. Today they helped give them out.

"To help do something positive for the community I think in a time of our grief is the best thing we can do to the community because they gave so much to us when it happened," Sparks said.

While this year‘s program is taken care of it’s not too early to donate for next year's program.

You can find how to do that at

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