Western Kentucky Toy Drive

Christmas in July

Families that have been impacted by December's tornadoes can RSVP for the events here.

​Events – All Times are Local
Friday, July 8
9 to 11 a.m.
​Taylor County
​Campbellsville High School
230 West Main Street #2
Campbellsville, KY
​Friday, July 8
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Warren County
​Barren River Area Development District
177 Graham Avenue
Bowling Green, KY
Monday, July 11
10 a.m. to noon
Muhlenberg County
​​Bremen Community Volunteer Fire Department
51 College Street
Bremen, KY
​Monday, July 11
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Hopkins County
​Dawson Springs High School
317 Eli Street
Dawson Springs, KY
Tuesday, July 12
1 to 3 p.m.
​Graves County
​Purchase Area Development District
1002 Medical Drive
Mayfield, KY
Tuesday, July 12
3 to 5 p.m.
Marshall County
​Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Conference Center
8682 US Highway 641
Gilbertsville, KY

The First Lady is no longer accepting toy or gift card donations, but encourages those who want to support families impacted by the historic tornadoes to donate to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund​.

​​​​​​​​​A Message from First Lady Britainy Beshear​

To every person who contributed to the Western Kentucky Toy Drive, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

There was no better gift Christmas morning than knowing Santa had made it to visit every Western Kentucky family who asked for our help before the end of the toy drive. With the assistance of tireless volunteers, we even made some toy deliveries after the drive had ended, on Christmas Eve itself!

Together, we collected hundreds of thousands of toys and gift cards, bringing light and hope to families during one of their darkest hours and helping make their Christmas special, even though it was different and more difficult this year. We showed the world that the true meaning of the holiday isn't receiving gifts…it's the joy of giving.

If you donated to the toy drive and want to help Western Kentucky families in a new way, the best things you can do right now are to donate blood (sign up at RedCrossBlood.org) or donate to the TeamWKYReliefFund.ky.gov, which will help meet immediate needs for impacted Kentuckians as they rebuild their lives. We will update this page if communities need additional in-kind donations.

Once again, thank you, and Happy New Year!

—First Lady Britainy Beshear​​​

Western Kentucky Toy DriveHappy Child

Click here​ to watch the First ​Lady's statement at the media briefing on December 27, 2021​.


Special Thanks


Kentucky State Parks

Kentucky State Police

Kentucky Venues

Kentucky's Trucking Industry

Volunteers and Donors

UK Men's Basketball Coach John Calipari

Consolidated Baptist Church

City of Covington

Daviess County School District

Fayette County Sheriff's Office

Green River Regional Educational Coop.

Hope House

Hunt Brothers Pizza

Jessamine County Sheriff's Office

Kenton County Police Department

Kentucky Department of Education


The LEE Initiative

Leitchfield Police Department

City of Lexington

City of Louisville

Madison County School District


Northeast Christian Church

Owensboro Independent School District​

Paducah Police Department


Rowan County Schools

Silverton Firefighters Association (Oregon)

St. Matthews Police Department

Miss USA Elle Smith

Staxx Barbeque in Frankfort

University of Kentucky Men's Basketball

West Kentucky Educational Cooperative

Western Kentucky University​​

Thank you to all of the local and national journalists and media outlets that helped spread the word about the drive, to countless teachers and staff from Kentucky public schools, and, of course, to the thousands of donors across the country, including large groups who brought toys from Indiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama and Arizona. 

And last, but certainly not least – thank you, Santa Claus​!


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