Credit union creates Make-A-Wish toy closet in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A Lexington bank is opening the area’s first Make-A-Wish Toy closet.

The closet will open Wednesday in partnership with Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana.

You’ll be able to find it at Commonwealth Credit Union’s Hamburg branch in Lexington.

It’s a way for a child to pick out a toy that can stick by them through treatment as a way to make being sick a little less overwhelming.

“To watch a child enter the Wish program, receive treatment, and then graduate to lead a life where they are not only surviving but thriving, is what Bettering Lives is all about,” said Karen Harbin, Commonwealth Credit Union President/CEO. “As the 2021 Wish Chair, I am thrilled that we can provide a home for the toys that start these children on their Wish journey.”

Commonwealth Credit Union (CCU) had a toy drive in April to help fill the closet. The bank says that drive brought in close to 400 toys. CCU has also sponsored Walk for Wishes, a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish.

“Community partners are vital in helping us fulfill our mission of granting the wish of every eligible child, and we are so appreciative of Commonwealth Credit Union. Our relationship is especially meaningful because we are united in our passion to inspire hope in the lives of these special young children, as evident in their funding, support, and hosting of the Toy Closet,” Faith Hacker, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana Senior Development Officer, said.

To learn more about the closet and how to donate visit

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