This year Hubbard and the Lincoln County Republican Party are teaming up to help raise the $15,000 needed to buy one toy for each of the 600 children identified by family resource centers in the county.
"This is just the drop of it," Hubbard said, noting that many other children will likely be added to the list as the holiday nears.
Rebecca Million of McKinney, who has participated in Winterfest with her three kids for about five seasons, said even if her kids don't realize what a big deal it is, it means a lot to her.
Invitations to a party
"It helps a lot, I believe. They get stuff that I can't get them and stuff they want," she said. "They just like it."
All kids who participate in Winterfest get an invitation to a party scheduled for Dec. 21 this year where they receive their gift and a meal, sing, dance and visit with Santa. But it only happens through community donations, Hubbard said.
Hubbard knows kids all over Kentucky are in need, as are the charities that serve them, but people tend to forget about those in their own community.
"When you see their eyes and their smiles, it's worth every bit of it," Hubbard said.
By gaining corporate sponsors, Hubbard said, Winterfest will have a better chance of reaching its goal of providing at least one $20 toy for each child who meets family resource guidelines.
Winterfest needs everything from tape, scissors and wrapping paper to decorations, storybooks and manpower, Hubbard said.
Donations of money in any amount, as well as new toys, are welcome and are tax deductible. They can be dropped off at any bank in Lincoln County. All toys should be purchased and wrapped by Dec. 19. Hubbard said Winterfest accepts donations all year.
The gifts will go to boys and girls up to 12 years old.
"They appreciate it," Hubbard said. "I wouldn't have a Christmas if it wasn't for these kids."
For more information on Winterfest, call Kaye Estes, (606) 365-2137; Bridgett Lynn, (606) 365-8851; or Mae Renner, (606) 365-7098.