Central Kentucky's Thoroughbred farm workers are still responsible for their equine charges all throughout the upcoming holiday season. Blue Grass Farms Charities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization based in Lexington, Ky., is committed to providing these workers' children with Christmas gifts, as well as a holiday dinner for the family.
Founded in 2003, the BGFC regularly provides the following services to Central Kentucky's farm workers and their families: food and clothing assistance, housing assistance, hospital and home visits, weekly fresh produce distribution, on-site health clinics and screenings, health care referrals, bereavement assistance, chaplain's services, Thanksgiving lunch at Sal's, ESL classes, backpack and school supply giveaway, and even children's summer camp.
This summer BGFC provided 635 free back-to-school backpacks for worker family children, as well as a tuition-free summer camp at The Lexington School. All of BGFC's efforts contribute indirectly, through the workers, to the well-being and success of the thoroughbred horses bred, foaled, raised and raced in Central Kentucky, as well as throughout the world stage.
The BGFC's annual Christmas Holiday celebration will be held at The Thoroughbred Center off Paris Pike on Monday, Dec. 11 and Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Included are a holiday meal, visits with Santa, entertainment, drawings for boys and girls bikes, and gifts for infants through 18 year old children. Farm managers can sign up their employees online here.
A Toy Drive is being held online with GoFundMe to help the BGFC reach its goal of 500 Christmas smiles for the children of Central Kentucky's farm workers. A donation of just $20 will provide one child with a toy and a set of hat and gloves.
Donations are also accepted via the BGFC website.
For more about the BGFC and its annual impact on Central Kentucky's Thoroughbred industry, check out their website at bgfcky.org and the following video:
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