DANVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) – Friday, June 17 is a day for FOX 56 News to give back and celebrate. It’s Nexstar’s annual Founder’s Day of Caring!

Instead of being surrounded by cameras, you can find our staff out and about in the Bluegrass giving back to the community.

“Nexstar Founder’s Day of Caring is another hands-on connection to our community.  We like to say, ‘Our Home, Your News.’  The communities we live in – and serve each day through our newscasts – are extremely important to us.  Founder’s Day of Caring is another way we serve,” Mark Glover, news director at FOX 56 News said.

Friday we partnered with Sunrise Children’s Services to host a cookout for kids and staff in Danville. Volunteers spent the day playing games and learning more about what Sunrise Children’s Services do for our communities.

FOX 56 partnered with central Kentucky-based food trucks to feed the residents and staff at Sunrise Children’s Services. J & T’s Italian Ice, from Harrodsburg, provides refreshing sweets while Piggin’ Out, from Lancaster, served hot food.

Sunrise Children’s Services provides services such as therapeutic residential centers, a psychiatric residential treatment center, multiple foster care offices, family services, and more. To learn more or donate click here.

FOX 56 plans to continue the giving with a second event. We will be working with Veterans of Foreign Wars Bluegrass Post 680 in Lexington by supporting their flag retirement program throughout the summer.

From mid-June to August 31 volunteers will be replacing American flags from homes within Fayette County. The official Flag retirement ceremony for these flags will take place on or near Patriot’s Day in September.

“Today we celebrate our company’s 26 anniversary. “Our CEO, Perry Sook, started Nexstar 26 years ago with one station and has grown Nexstar to become America’s largest local television and media company with 200 stations. Our team at FOX 56, as well as thousands of other Nexstar employees, will be volunteering in their communities.  I’m proud to be a part of this amazing organization!” said Monte Costes, vice president and general manager at FOX 56 News.