10:40am

Mon October 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Lex. Firefighter Toy Drive Underway

Kids might be suiting up for trick-or-treating tonight, but Lexington firefighters are already thinking about Christmas. The Fire Department's annual toy drive is already underway.  2011 will mark the 80th anniversary of the Lexington Fire Department's toy drive and organizers are hoping they can meet the increased need. Last year, the department handed out toys to around 3000 children. Lexington firefighter John Durr says that number could be much higher this time around.

"It's just the economy right now. The unemployment rate is so high. We're just getting all kinds of needs from the people that we probably wouldn't expect, that we would think would be able to fund for their family," Durr said.

Donations are welcome at any Lexington firehouse. Those wanting to sign up for the program can contact the Fraternal Order of Firefighters at (859) 243-0351 or lfdfof.org starting November 7th.

The parade starts at 8:30 outside the Kentucky Theatre.