Spreading love this holiday season

circle of love

circle of love

Amanda Bryant

The UK Center for Community Outreach is working to provide underprivileged children of Fayette County Christmas again with the Circle of Love through Beyond the Blue Program. 

Circle of Love is an annual program that works to benefit the children of Fayette County as well as other surrounding counties, according to a press release for the event. The program works by releasing wish lists for each child in need to be fulfilled by UK students, faculty and other members of the Fayette County community, according to the UK Center for Community Outreach website.

The wish list provides multiple possible items to purchase for a child. The program also asks for participants to purchase clothing items, one item not on their wish list that the child would not otherwise receive. A grocery gift card is also something to keep in mind, so the entire family can enjoy a nice Christmas dinner. Participants are asked to leave the gifts unwrapped, but gift wrap and tape is greatly appreciated as a donation, according to a UKNOW press release.

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The wish lists can be picked up at the Ticket Center located in Bowmen’s Den, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also pick up a wish list at the CCO Office located on the 3rd floor of Blazer Dining Hall in room 361, according to the press release. The due date for the gifts to be back is Nov. 28-29 in the Singletary Center for the Arts President’s Room.

According to data from the city-data website for Lexington, Kentucky, in 2013 there were 25.7 percent of residents in Lexington-Fayette County living with income below the poverty line, the rate was 24.2 percent state wide. 

The program has been in action assisting families for the past 20 years, according to the press release. They bring the spirit of Christmas to about 500 children in Fayette County during the holiday season, according to the UK Center for Community Outreach Facebook page.