LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- This time of year it's the spirit of the season to give to others and make someone else's day a little brighter. For the last week some very special elves in central Kentucky have been hard a work for United Way of the Bluegrass, collecting gifts for a new project they started to provide items many of us might take for granted. As WKYT's Amber Philpott explains it's is a way to make sure sweet dreams are possible this Christmas for children in need.
Inside United Way of the Bluegrass in Lexington there is a lot of hustle and bustle! Elves posing as volunteers have been hard at work for Christmas.
"What you are seeing is one of the great things that makes Lexington a great place to live, it's giving back," said Bill Farmer, President and CEO, United Way of the Bluegrass.
The elves working hard are spreading a little holiday cheer by filling nearly 800 goody bags for children across central Kentucky. Inside, simple items to you and me, but to some youngsters it's something they don't have.
"We've talked with a lot of people in the community and asked what is the great need for children, especially kids taking off for the holidays? One of the things we learned is that many of the students in schools don't have pajamas, don't have books and quite frankly don't have a lot of food during the holidays," said Farmer.
Inside each bag is a warm set of pajamas, a book and snacks.
Marissa Noe brought her two children to help fill bags, and is using it as a lesson in kindness.
"It's just the spirit of the season and I try to teach my kids we need to give to others who don't get to enjoy a good Christmas," said Marissa Noe.
This is the first year for the Sweet Dreams Project. Community members and businesses stepped up in a big way to make it possible.
Once filled, the elves helped deliver all those bags to schools across the area like Nicholasville Elementary.
"We are very excited to be able to provide those gift bags to our students, sometimes the little things end up being the biggest things," said Ashley Jenkins, FRC Coordinator, Nicholasville Elementary.
Simple items for some children to have a Merry Christmas full of sweet dreams this holiday season.
Students from sixteen elementary schools across the area benefitted from the Sweet Dreams Project. For more information click on the link provided.