Clean out your closet! That’s the message from folks at the Catholic Action Center. They’re asking for your old toys, gently used and previously loved, to be a part of their 16th annual Christmas Store. “(We’ll take) any kind of excess,” says Jenny Ramsey with the Catholic Action Center. She asks people to, “Go through their things that they know will bring joy on Christmas morning.”
Volunteers are busy packing up boxes and boxes of toys to be taken to a warehouse at Midland Avenue and Second Street in Lexington. That’s the site of the Catholic Action Center’s “Christmas Store,” where thousands of families can shop for their children for free.
Last year, more than 15,000 children were recipients of presents purchased from the store. This year, the Catholic Action Center expects that number to be even higher. So thanks to the generous donations of several local businesses, they now have two buildings to host their store out of, right at the corner of Midland Avenue and Second Street. “It’s about being able to share the joy of Christmas with your children, without feeling left out,” says Ramsey.
Here’s how it works: Adults can show up on December 21st or 22nd from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. to be paired with a personal shopper, to pick out the perfect gift. Families can also shop December 23rd from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
But before families can descend on the warehouse, the Catholic Action Center is asking for donations of toys, and lots of them. They’re asking people to clean out their closets and bring in their gently used toys, clothes, books or anything that would make a good gift.
“It’s amazing the parents come back and tell us the stories in January what it meant to them and to their kids, that they felt more normal, more part of society,” says Ramsey.
If you have items to donate, you can drop them off at the Catholic Action Center or at any of these locations:
Chinoe Center – 1060 Chinoe Road
Crossroads Christian Church: 4128 Todds Road
Family Practice Association: 1775 Alysheba Way, Suite 20
GodsNet: 614 E 7th Street (10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays)
Kroger on Romany: 344 Romany Road
Kroger at Beaumont: 3199 Beaumont Centre Circle
Kroger at Brannon Crossing: 200 E Brannon
Lexington Christian Academy: 3082 Stanford Drive
Man O’War Place Shopping Center: Richmond Road and N. Locust Hill Drive
Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary: Clays Mill Road
Moore Drive Businesses (Orlando’s Party & Pantry) 160 Moore Drive.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: 1730 Summerhill Drive
Sts. Peter and Paul School: 423 W Short Street
UK Newman Center: 320 Rose Lane
Winchester Road Christmas Store warehouse: 772 Winchester Road
CAC is also asking for volunteers to help sort through the toys.