More than 500 Nashville children will receive gifts of toys from MNPD officers on Christmas Eve morning as the police department celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Christmas Basket Program for disadvantaged families.
The children comprise 179 families who live throughout Nashville. In addition to toys for the kids, each family will receive four bushel baskets of food. Officers will also deliver food baskets to 50 needy elderly citizens.
Officers will finish stocking the baskets by 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Deliveries begin across the county at 6 a.m.
Donations from police department personnel and the Nashville community make the Christmas Basket Program possible. Members of Boswell Harley Owners Group (HOG) chapters significantly contribute of their time through raising money and assisting with deliveries each Christmas Eve. Tennessee Titans coaches, players and staff donated hundreds of toys that will be delivered Saturday morning.
Retired Hermitage Precinct Commander Michele Donegan, now Director of Nashville’s Emergency Communications Center, is continuing in her role as “Chief Elf” of the Christmas Basket Program.