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Circle of Love is accepting donations for Fayette County students

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (November 10, 2022) — As the end of the year festivities approach, Office of Student Organizations and Activities (SOA)a unit within the Student Success Office, is gearing up for its annual Circle of Love program. Circle of Love is a program that invites the University of Kentucky community to provide holiday gifts to Fayette County public school children.

According to May 2022 data from the Fayette County Public Schools website, 50.1% of Fayette County public school students receive a free or reduced price lunch. For many of these students, the holiday season is filled with financial troubles rather than gifts and joy. Circle of Love gives members of the UK community the opportunity to support these students and spread holiday cheer around Lexington.

Circle of Love encourages you to sponsor a child this holiday season. This could mean getting them a few gifts or some essential clothing. When you register to participate, Circle of Love will provide a list of desired items from a child currently enrolled in one of Fayette County’s public schools. If you don’t have the resources to sponsor a child’s and/or sibling’s entire list, you can also provide individual gifts or purchase gift cards for children and their families.

This year, everything is digital. You can sign up to sponsor a child’s wishlist here. Full instructions for entry can be found by visiting the ‘Directions’ and ‘FAQs & Shopping Guidelines’ tabs at the bottom of the sheet.

Drop-off for all gift lists begins Nov. 28 through Dec. 1 in the Gatton Student Center’s Harris Ballroom on the third floor. Gift drop-off will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with school resource counselors picking up gifts at the end of the week. All gifts purchased must be left unwrapped and in individual bags for each child. School Resource Advisors will also accept all gift card donations (Walmart, Kroger, Target, Amazon, etc.) and if you wish to include gift wrapping supplies, you can drop them off at these times as well.

For any other questions, please contact Chris Ciarcia ([email protected]), Acting Associate Director for Service and Community Engagement.

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