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Christmas Charities

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The Metro Police Christmas Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that has been serving Davidson County for over half a century. Because the program has grown each year to meet the needs of the ever expanding community, funding is always a matter of concern.

Several benefit motorcycle rides have been held annually which have been instrumental in raising funds and toys. Several other organizations have also provided financial assistance as well as toys. Contributions are also made by police employees, private citizens, small businesses and other charitable organizations.

Families are selected based on recommendations from police officers. Metro Police officers encounter numerous disadvantaged families on a daily basis. Unfortunately we cannot provide for them all therefore we give careful consideration when choosing the neediest families. Thrifty buying allows for large quantities of basic foods to be purchased. Each family receives 4 bushel baskets of groceries. The baskets of food and toys are assembled in a warehouse the week prior to Christmas. Christmas Eve morning employees of the department arrive to participate. By 9am all of the baskets have been delivered and the warehouse is quiet for another year. A great satisfaction is felt by those participating in being able to make the holidays more enjoyable for those less fortunate.

Program Guidelines

  • We do not take applications over the phone.
  • We do not repeat families.
  • We do not buy clothes.
  • The toy program is for children 12 and under.
  • Recipients must reside in Davidson County.
  • The officer submitting the application will have knowledge of the genuine need of the nominated family.

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