Create Christmas for kids in your community: start here!

Local organizations need all hands on deck

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – If you’re looking to help make Christmas a reality for community members in need, there’s no shortage of ways you can help out locally.

To start off, Bowling Green’s Salvation Army has a number of programs you can help with. When you contribute to their Angel Tree program, kids in the community can get new gifts, new clothes and new toys.

Another way you can step up is by donating brand-new, unwrapped toys and teen gifts to Bowling Green’s Hope House and support their Affordable Christmas program.

Bowling Green Warren County Community Education is in full swing with their yearly Teen Angel. The Christmas Assistance Program collects money and gift cards and all go to purchase clothes and other items for teens who may otherwise go without.

Also, for 75 years the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has delivered hope to the less fortunate with their Toys for Tots program. By donating toys or money to your local chapter, you can help create Christmas for kids in Southern Kentucky.

Another place you can lend a hand is the Warren County Fraternal Order of Police. Bowling Green Lodge #13 always needs help with their food box donations, creating Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for families in need.

Bowling Green FOP President Robert Perry said, “These kind of things are just really good to help people out. They can spend the day with their family, and just enjoy that, and not have to worry about where the food is going to come from today.”

Additionally, this week is the perfect time to help out with Operation Christmas Child. This is the Samaritan’s Purse’s national collection week. Head over to their website to learn how you can pack a shoebox full of goodies hygiene items, and school supplies, and send it off with a personal note to a kid in your area.

Also, the Glasgow Police Department wants your help supplying their Holiday Heroes Toy and Food Drive. The department asked for new, unwrapped toys for kids up to age 16. You can also donate non-perishable food items.

GPD Major Terry Flatt said, “We’ve set up some donation boxes… We just wanted to help out some folks a little extra Christmas time and kind of help out in a community in our county also.”