‘Tis the season of giving. It’s a wonderful time to open your heart and help support local community organizations. While financial contributions are always welcome, many have direct and urgent need for food, supplies and other goods. We asked our friends at the Blue Grass Community Foundation to reach out to local non-profits to find out how you can help their missions succeed this year.

Achieving Recovery Together

Mission: Addresses the drug epidemic by dramatically increasing the number of individuals and families in recovery.

Drop off: Wednesdays at noon at 30 Taylor Avenue in Winchester

Contact: Amber Fields

Desired items: Hygiene items: soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste for homeless in Winchester

Allegro Dance Project

Mission: Shares the art of dance through a contemporary dance company and through an outreach program, serving children with special needs. 

Drop off: Allegro Dance Project, 315 Sierra Drive in Lexington; pickups can be scheduled, as needed

Contact: Jeana Kleven, [email protected]

Desired items: New items, gift baskets, gift cards for silent auctions. Gently used items for May 2018 Yard Sale Fundraiser

BIA Cares

Mission: Builds a better future through active participation in community service projects that support and promote the physical, emotional, and social well-being of Kentucky families.

Drop off: 3146 Custer Drive, Lexington November 1 - December 12

Contact: Brenda Vance, 859.273.5117 ext. 27

Desired items: New,  unwrapped toys for ages infant to 17 for families and children of deployed and non-deployed military personnel in need, statewide, in partnership with the Kentucky National Guard.

Camp Horsin’ Around

Mission: Outdoor camp adventure for children whose health is compromised or who have special needs.

Drop off: 1159 Claunch Road in Perryville: in Danville, Harrodsburg and Lexington by appointment by calling 859.332.0001

Contact: Julie McAllister, [email protected]

Desired items: Gym class parachutes, mulch, trees, grass seed, dolly, hand truck, utility trailer, archery supplies and loans of bobcat, ditcher or backhoe

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

Mission: Fills gaps in the educational opportunities available to Kentucky’s diverse families. Offers low-cost/free programs and scholarships to all in need.

Drop off: Carnegie Center front desk at 251 E. Second in Lexington

Contact: Jennifer Mattox, [email protected]

Desired items: Brand new backpacks and school supplies for Back to School Bash giveaways and for Carnegie Clubs, outreach in tutoring sites in Title I schools. Gifts (i.e., school supplies) for students at  outreach tutoring sites

Chrysalis House

Mission: Residential, licensed, quality, expert treatment for women with substance use disorders.

Drop off: Chrysalis House Community Center, 1589 Hill Rise Drive in Lexington, Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm

Contact: Sherry Jackson, 859.977.2504

Desired items: New twin bed sheets, bed pillows, clothes, towels, deodorant, shampoo, bus passes, newborn diapers, baby wipes, high chairs, bassinettes, baby monitors, car seats, bottles, dishes, pots and pans. For kids: toys, books, clothing. For women: journals, stationary, socks, makeup, jewelry, body wash

Friends Book Cellar

Mission: Located in the lower level of the Central Library on Main Street, the Book Cellar sells used books, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines.

Drop off: 140 East Main in Lexington

Contact: JoJo Yuen, [email protected]

Desired items: Used books, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines

God’s Pantry Food Bank

Mission: Food pantry serving 2000 clients per month from 4 pantries.

Drop off: 1685 Jaggie Fox Way in Lexington, 8am-4:30pm Monday - Friday or the blue barrels located in all Lexington Kroger stores

Contact: Misty Simms, [email protected]

Desired items: Undented canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter, breakfast items, and soup

Hope Center

Mission: Cares for homeless and at-risk persons by providing life-rebuilding services.

Drop off: Privett Men’s Recovery Center, 250 W. Loudon Avenue in Lexington. Call for pickup of larger items

Contact: Carey Cairo, [email protected]

Desired items: For homeless and recovery clients, all new: long underwear, gloves, hats, socks, sweatshirts, backpacks, bus passes, coats, toys

Lady Veterans Connect

Mission: Honors lady veterans by providing hope, homes, and healing.

Drop off: Call 859.806.4297 for pickup information.

Contact: Phyllis Abbott

Desired items: New children’s clothing, baby items, toys, food for ages 6 months to 12 years, for children of women veterans.

Lexington Chamber Chorale

Mission: Enhances the arts in Lexington and the Bluegrass Region through choral repertoire presented by professional singers to a diverse audience.

Drop off: LexArts building, 161 N Mill Street in Lexington, or pickup available if needed.

Contact: Carolyn Keehan, [email protected]

Desired items: Legal size file cabinet and a scanner (gently used okay)

Lexington Humane Society

Mission: Largest pet adoption agency in Central Kentucky. Provides education on responsible pet care and the compassionate treatment of all animals.

Drop off: Administration Building, Monday - Friday 10am-6pm

Contact: [email protected]

Desired items: new and used sheets, towels, bedding, toys, opened bags of food and treats.

Lexington Public Library

Mission: Tiny Libraries are miniature community centers for sharing books on a “take a book, leave a book” model, to ensure that everyone has access to quality books and materials.

Drop off: Any public library or Tiny Library location

Contact: Anne Gay Donworth, [email protected]

Desired items: New or used books in good condition for 30 Tiny Libraries around Lexington

Lexington Rescue Mission

Mission: Interdenominational nonprofit providing services for the critical needs for homeless, hungry and others in need.

Drop off: 444 Glen Arvin Avenue in Lexington, Monday - Friday from 9am-5pm or Saturdays 9:30am-1:30pm

Contact: Laura Carr, [email protected]

Desired items: Hats, gloves, and scarves, socks, underwear, sleeping bags, backpacks, hygiene items, canned food

Natalie’s Sisters

Mission: Extends hope, support and God’s unconditional love to sexually exploited women through a first-touch approach providing respite, relationship and referrals to community resources.

Drop off: 667 North Limestone in Lexington, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9:30am-10am

Contact: Laura Carr, [email protected]

Desired items: leggings (used ok, all sizes), tennis shoes (used ok, all sizes), individually bottled juice/water

New Life Homeless Day Center

Mission: Day Center where homeless find shelter from the weather, get referrals for needed services, find support for making appointments and get transportation to/from those appointments.  

Drop off: 224 North Martin Luther King Boulevard in Lexington, 9am-3pm

Contact: Martha Polston, [email protected]

Desired items: coffee, coffee cups, creamer, and sugar, personal (hotel size) bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, shaving cream, dental floss, tampons, small combs or brushes

Simon House, Frankfort

Mission: Serves homeless adult women who are pregnant or have children and other low income community families at risk of homelessness. 

Contact: Ann Crowe, [email protected]

Desired items: Household items: dish and laundry detergent; trash bags, cleaning products, baby diapers and wipes, baby formula; shampoo and conditioner; bath and hand soap; deodorant; toothbrushes. Adopt a family to provide Christmas gifts for.

Sisters Road to Freedom

Mission: Provides youth programs, food and clothing banks, domestic violence education, emergency financial assistance.

Drop off: 2350 Woodhill Drive, Suite 72 in Lexington, Wednesdays 1:30pm-2:30pm or Saturdays 10am-12pm

Contact: Therese, 859.536.7677

Desired items: New or gently used clothes, coats, boots, hats and scarves for kids and teenagers for weekly food and clothing bank. Laptop or iPad and assistance with cost of internet.

The Foster Care Council of LexKY

Mission: Enriches the lives of children who are removed from their homes due to abandonment, serious neglect or abuse by providing them with the funds, support and opportunities that the state’s foster care system cannot provide.

Drop off: Facebook message The Foster Care Council of LexKy or call Cassie Slone at 239.248.7699 to set up an appointment to drop off donations.

Contact: Cassie Slone,
[email protected]

Desired items: Gently used clothing for Studio Thrifty, a boutique exclusively for foster kids aged one day to 18 years. Needs clothes, shoes, toys and books. Winter clothing, coats, new socks and new underwear for boys and girls in all sizes.

The Lexington Academy of Barbering Community  Foundation

Mission: Responds to the critical needs of former felons who are transitioning back into mainstream society and pursuing the barbering profession.

Drop off: 1132 Winchester Road, Suite 174 in Lexington

Contact: Mary Jefferson, [email protected]

Desired items: Gas cards, coats, thermal underwear, scarves, socks, gloves, laptop and desktop computers, file cabinets, printer, copier and office supplies 


Did You Know?

Kindness is heart-healthy! The warm, fuzzy emotions that you feel when you do something good help release oxytocin in the brain and throughout your body.

Oxytocin causes the release of nitric oxide in your blood vessels, which dilates and expands them. This causes a lowering of your blood pressure. Because of this effect, oxytocin is considered a heart-protective hormone.

“Giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease,” explained Christine Carter, Author of Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. While you can’t break up with your doctor just because you’ve started giving to community organizations, it’s safe to say that being kind is a great way to boost your overall well-being... all while helping others in need!