Jackson, Michigan (Vocus) November 19, 2009
HolidayLEDs.com, an e-commerce company located in Jackson, Michigan, announced today that it will sponsor the Lexington, Kentucky Fraternal Order of Firefighters 2009 Toy Drive and holiday lighting display.
For over 75 years the Lexington, Kentucky Fraternal Order of Firefighters has been operating a holiday toy drive to collect toys to give to needy children at Christmas time. The program has been a great success each year. Last year the Lexington FOF provided toys and gifts for over 2000 families in the Lexington area.
For the last four years, Lexington station #20 has been putting on a holiday lighting display to help raise additional support for its toy drive. The animated lighting display has over 26,000 lights and is timed to music which is broadcast by the station house on FM channel 91.1. The broadcasted music can be heard clearly by anyone who tunes in to that station and is within about one block of the station house. ÂWe've really had a great showing of support for our light show,Â said Lt. Keith Dean who is in charge of the holiday light display. ÂLast year we averaged about 50 to 100 cars each hour from Thanksgiving through New Year's day,Â added Dean. The station house asks spectators for voluntary donations of money or toys to help support its toy drive.
The firefighters of the Lexington Fire Department donated all of the money for the light display and have, over the last 4 years, pitched in over $15,000 to purchase Christmas lights. Over the last few years, the station has been upgrading its incandescent Christmas lights to LED Christmas lights which are about 85% more energy efficient and last 10 times as long. ÂThe LEDs are really great and allow us to do so much more with the lighting display because they draw very little power,Â Dean explained. This year HolidayLEDs.com agreed to sponsor the light show and donate over $3000 of LED Christmas lights to the station house #20 for the lighting display. ÂWe generally pick one or two charitable events each year and support them around the holidays,Â said Philip C. Curtis of HolidayLEDs.com. ÂIt was an easy decision to help Keith and the Lexington Fire Department's toy drive and light showÂits a great cause,Â Curtis concluded.
The light show begins on Thanksgiving and runs through January 1, 2010. Anyone who is interested in helping out the Lexington firefighters can drop off unwrapped new toys for children under 9 at any Lexington fire station. Cash donations can also be made by sending a check made payable to the Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters, a 501(c)(3) organization, to:
C/O Firefighters Toy Program
PO Box 55290
Lexington, KY 40555
Donations may also be made online.
Contact: Philip C. Curtis
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