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Officers Preparing to Deliver Food Baskets & Toys to Needy Nashvillians Christmas Eve Morning


December 20, 2013


Men, women and children comprising more than 230 needy Nashville families will receive gifts of food and toys from Metro police officers Christmas Eve morning as the police department’s annual Christmas Basket Program celebrates its 52nd anniversary.  
In its inception, the program served two families.  Over the years, requests for assistance and those actually helped by the program have steadily grown.  Families are chosen at the recommendation of police officers who come into contact with them during the year.  
Contributions from police department personnel, both sworn and civilian, and the Nashville community fund the program.  The Music City and Rivergate Chapters of the Harley Owners Group have partnered with the program for a number of years and are significant contributors of their time and resources.
“Former Chief Joe Casey, who began this program in 1961, knew that the police department’s mission was to make a positive difference in the lives of Nashville’s families, especially the disadvantaged,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “That sentiment has not changed and, in fact, has continued every year since.  I am very proud of our employees and community partners for their commitment to this tradition of caring.”           
Hermitage Precinct Commander Michele Donegan is the police department’s volunteer coordinator and “Chief Elf” of the Christmas Basket Program.