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Toy drive helps local families

The annual Nicholasville Firefighter Toy Drive is currently accepting applications for assistance and donations. 

The Director of Operations for the Nicholasville Fire Toy Drive Rebecca Schaefer said the first date they accepted applications this year was Oct. 5.

“The toy drive benefits around 300 to 400 families in Jessamine County, which amounts to around 700 to 1,000 children,” Schaefer, who has participated in the drive for the past seven years said. 

The drive,  which has occurred for close to 20-plus years, is geared toward children ages 6 months to 12 years, she said.

Donations — which include unwrapped and new hats, gloves, socks, coats and toys —  will be accepted until Dec. 10. They can be dropped off at any of the Nicholasville Fire Stations or at Walmart on Friday or Saturday.

Schaefer, who has been in involved with the toy drive for the past seven years, said that families who need assistance are only allowed one organization; therefore, families cannot apply for programs in Fayette County or surrounding areas. Also, only Jessamine County families are eligible.

Community members can still register from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 30 and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 2 at 102 High Street in Nicholasville. All applicants must bring certified copies of the child’s birth certificate, proof of residence, a current photo ID and any guardianship papers. 

“We just ask that if anyone has any questions to not call the fire stations,” Schaefer said. “They can call me at 859-553-0437 if they have any questions and I will get back with them in a timely manner.”  

Toys will be given out Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. at Red Oak Elementary.