'Let's shower these kids with gifts': Toy drive to benefit young KY tornado victims

Among the confirmed dead in Kentucky are 12 children, with the youngest being 2-months-old

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky First Lady Britainy Beshear announced Monday that a toy drive has been started to bring smiles to the faces of the youngest victims of the historic tornado outbreak in Western Kentucky this Christmas.

Among the confirmed dead in Kentucky are 12 children, with the youngest being 2-months-old.

Other ways you can help tornado recovery across the Mid-South

"You can see how hard this has been on her being a mom, just like I’m a dad of two kids, and knowing what a difficult Christmas this is going to be for them," Gov. Andy Beshear said. "Let’s shower these kids with gifts."

Items are needed for all age ranges from infants to teenagers.

Eligible items that can be donated include toys, books, electronics and $25 VISA or MasterCard gift cards

All items should be new, unwrapped and in their original packaging. No clothes are needed at this time.

Donations will be accepted Dec. 14-18.

Here's how you can help:

Send mail-in donations to:

KY Venues
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209

Local drop-off locations:


Kenton County Government Center
1840 Simon Kenton Way, Covington, KY 41011
Drop-offs accepted Dec. 14-17, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern


Kenton County Police Department
11777 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051
Drop-offs accepted 24 hours a day, Dec. 14-18


Fayette County Sheriff's Office
150 N Limestone #265, Lexington, KY 40507​​
Drop-offs accepted 24 hours a day, Dec. 14-18
Fayette County Sheriff's Office will have staff available from 1-4 p.m. for curbside donation drop-off. FCSO will be stationed on Main Street adjacent to the Circuit Courthouse. Residents can call FCSO at 859-252-1771 to have staff come outside to collect donations outside the hours mentioned or for additional curbside assistance. ​

110 Mt Tabor Rd, Lexington, KY 40517
125 E Reynolds Rd Suite 150, Lexington, KY 40517​
Drop-offs accepted Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. through Dec. 18


Broadbent Arena
KFEC Gate 4 Dr, Louisville, KY 40209 (Off Crittenden Drive)
Drop-offs accepted Dec. 14-17, noon-5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern

St. Matthews Police Department
3940 Grandview Ave, St Matthews, KY 40207
Drop-offs accepted Dec. 14-18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern


Paducah Police Department
1400 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42003
Drop-offs accepted 25 hours a day, Dec. 14-18


2031 Lantern Ridg​​e Dr, Richmond, KY 40475
Drop-offs accepted Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. through Dec. 18.

Kentucky State Police Posts:

Posts in Elizabethtown, Campbellsburg, Dry Ridge, Richmond, Morehead, Pikeville, Harlan, London, Frankfort, Hazard, Ashland, Columbia and Henderson
Drop-offs accepted 25 hours a day, Dec. 14-18

Post Locations:
Post 4: 954 Cameron Ponder Dr., Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Post 5: 160 Citation Lane, Campbellsburg, KY 40011
Post 6: 4265 US 25, Dry Ridge, KY 41035
Post 7: 699 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond, KY 40475
Post 8: 1595 Flemingsburg Rd., Morehead, KY 40351
Post 9: 3499 N. Mayo Trail, Pikeville, KY 41501
Post 10: 3319 S. US 421, Harlan, KY 40831
Post 11: 11 State Police Rd., London, KY 40741
Post 12: 1250 Louisville Rd., Frankfort, KY 40601
Post 13: 10 Justice Dr., Hazard, KY 41701
Post 14 5975 State Rt. 60, Ashland, KY 41102
Post 15: 1118 Jamestown St., Columbia, KY 42728
Post 16: 8415 US 41 S., Henderson, KY 42420