Gov. Beshear, First Lady Announce Eastern Kentucky Christmas Toy Drive

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear announced a new toy drive for children impacted by the historic floods in Eastern Kentucky this summer. To learn more, visit the First Lady’s website.

“I want to make sure these kids know that even if Christmas looks a little different this year, Santa will still be coming to visit them,” the First Lady said. “So just like last year in Western Kentucky, I am announcing a toy drive where people from around our commonwealth – and country – can donate gifts.”

Gifts can be mailed to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, where they will be sorted and organized with the help of Santa Claus and his elves. Additional drop-off sites and collection events will be announced soon. The deadline to donate is three weeks from today – Wednesday, Dec. 14 – and donations should be sent to:

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
75 Theatre Court
Prestonsburg, KY, 41653

“I’m pretty sure last year’s drive was the biggest toy drive ever,” Gov. Beshear said. “It was so special to see the children of Western Kentucky smile after all they had been through. And now, our hope is that we can see those same smiles on the faces of our Eastern Kentucky kids.”

“I am so grateful for the generosity and kindness we saw last year,” the First Lady added. “My hope is that we can lead with love once again. And together, we can make sure the children of Eastern Kentucky feel our support. So please join us, and let’s make sure these kids have a great Christmas. I’m excited to get Will and Lila involved. They’re learning that the greatest joy of Christmas is the chance to give back.”