Governor and first lady to host Christmas in July to benefit tornado victims

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Britainy Beshear and Governor Andy Beshear are inviting families affected by the December tornadoes to join them for Christmas events in July.

A statement from the governor’s office says the events will help show the true meaning of the Christmas spirit this summer as Western Kentucky rebuilds.

The events will include Santa Claus, food and gifts, including toys and gifts from the First Lady’s Christmas Toy Drive that were delivered after Christmas or left after four local toy gifts and direct deliveries to families in western Kentucky. The statement said that these celebrations will allow families to take home additional gifts after settling into accommodation.

Families can learn more about event locations and times here and RSVP for events here.

The first lady said Americans responded to the toy drive announcement with great generosity. At least 100,000 toys, thousands of shoes and tens of thousands of gift cards were donated in December, sent by families from at least 36 different US states, all the way to Alaska.

“The outpouring of generosity means that in addition to the Christmas celebrations that we were able to organize in December with the families affected, we can now also celebrate Christmas in July for those children who have lost so much but who have shown a such resilience and such strength,” the first lady said.

Beshear said he wanted to thank the Kentucky team members and the many Americans who were supportive during the devastating moment.

“I was really inspired by Britainy’s toy drive last December and the joy and excitement of these children knowing that Santa would still be there for them, after all they had been through,” said said Beshear.

The First Lady is no longer accepting donations of toys or gift cards, but she strongly encouraged those wishing to support families affected by the tornadoes to donate to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.

All donations to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund are tax deductible and donors will receive a tax receipt after making a donation.

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