Free holiday programs in Lexington-Fayette area.

Assistance is available during Christmas and Thanksgiving in the greater Lexington-Fayette metropolitan area. Children from low income families may be given toys to open for Christmas morning, senior citizens can have a hot holiday meal delivered to them, and entire households can apply for food and other presents from Adopt a Family. The primary programs and agencies available are below.

When someone is seeking a holiday food, sometimes the groceries are given to them in a basket and they need to prepare it on their own. The free Christmas toys given to children in the region of Lexington-Fayette will also vary, and can be bikes, dolls, games, gift certificates, or electronics. Some of the charities will also provide the child with clothing.

As donations allow, and for parents that are eligible, presents, gifts, and other items are available. The programs support the counties of Fayette, Clark, Madison, Jessamine, Woodford, Bourbon, and Scott.

Regional Toys for Tots program
This donation services helps thousands of Lexington-Fayette families, households from Madison, Scott, and other nearby counties. Clients are given new, unwrapped toys for their child. Churches, charities, and local businesses partner with the Marine Corps on running this. Apply online.

God's Pantry
1685 Jaggie Fox Way
Lexington, Kentucky 40511
Main phone - (859) 259-2308
Free Thanksgiving food baskets (with side items) are provided along with a turkey meal.

Operation Happiness
PO Box 574
Winchester, Kentucky 40392
Call (859) 744-5034
Low income families can receive a Christmas basket. Food, small toys for a child, gifts, and more may also be provided by the charity in the basket.




Richmond Center of Salvation Army
Address is 1675 East Main Street
Richmond, Kentucky 40475
(859) 624-5826
A worship service is run for people of all religions, ages, and faiths. Emergency financial aid, Adopt a Family for Christmas gifts and meals, shelter, and Thanksgiving food is offered too.

Salt Lick local Toys for Tots
6367 East Highway 60
Salt Lick, KY 40371
A local agency provides services to both collect and pass out new toys, games and clothing to children in need in Bath County only.

Lexington – Fayette County Salvation Army
Address: 736 West Main Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40508
(859) 252-7706
Volunteers serve Thanksgiving Meals and collect donations to pass out free Christmas gifts as well as toys. There is also a food pantry and families living in poverty can apply for Angel Tree. Senior citizens can also get a meal delivered to them.

Faith and Community Christmas Store
(859) 514-7210
Hundreds of children from the city of  Lexington are given toys, children, and holiday gifts. Items are first come-served. There may be sporting goods, bikes, and more for teenagers and kids under the age of 13.




Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters
PO Box 55290
Lexington, KY 40555
Telephone number - (859) 523-9576
They pass out gifts to the community. This assistance is a last resort for children that have not benefited from other charity run holiday programs.

Catholic Action Center
400 East Fifth Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40508
For information, call (859) 255-0301
Meals are served. There is also a shower for the homeless, clothing, toys for very low children, and more.


By Jon McNamara

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