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April 23, 2024

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How You Can Give Back This Season

As we spend time with our loved ones this holiday season, remember there are many other people who need help.

If you're feeling extra generous this time of year, we've rounded up events, volunteer opportunities and organizations that help make our cities a better place.

Angel Tree Program
The Angel Tree Program is a Christmas assistance program for families needing help providing gifts and basic needs to their children at Christmas. Each tree has a tag that says the age of the person and some of their needs/wants. This is such a great teaching lesson for children. 

Toys for Tots Virtual Toy Drive
Through a partnership with, you can give a needy child a toy without having to find a local box distribution point. This virtual toy drive makes it easy and contact-free.

Volunteer Match
Volunteer Match makes it easy to give back. Log on and search hundreds of opportunities in your area.

Mid-Cumberland Meals-On-Wheels
Individuals, businesses, scouts, grade school classes … anyone … can volunteer. They seek drivers and friendly faces to deliver meals to senior citizens in the area.

GraceWorks Ministries
This organization provides help with food, clothing and financial assistance to residents of Williamson County. Ages 8 and older can volunteer with their family at the Food Pantry to assemble “Fuel Bags,” process food donations, sort food and more. They seek volunteers for their annual Manger Christmas Gifts held Dec. 12 – 15 at Church of the City (828 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin) and Saturday, Dec. 15 at Fairview Baptist Church (7310 Overby Road, Fairview).

Williamson County Animal Center
106 Claude Yates Drive, Franklin
Ages 5 – 10 can volunteer for Book Buddies, where they can read books to shelter cats while creating a positive relationship between shelter animals and children. There’s a one-time orientation, but after that, you can volunteer Mon – Fri from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bring your own books or choose from what’s available.


About the Author

Susan Swindell Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief for this award-winning publication and all-things Nashville Parent digital creative. She's also an Equity actress, screenwriter and a mom of four amazing kids.