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How You Can Give Back This Season

'Tis the season to see and give beyond our own backyard. Here are a selection of ways that you and your family can do that.

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 DonateAToy.org, 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.

Feed America First
319 Murfreesboro St., Murfreesboro
615-512-5915 | feedamericafirst.com
This Murfreesboro-based nonprofit is a hunger relief organization that provides food to those in need locally and across the country. Volunteer as an individual or as a family to help sort the food to be distributed.

Mid-Cumberland Meals-On-Wheels
615-595-1225 | mchra.com/meals-on-wheels-volunteer
Individuals, businesses, scouts, grade school classes … anyone … can volunteer. They seek drivers and friendly faces to deliver meals to senior citizens in the area.

Nourish Food Bank
1809 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro
The new distribution warehouse is open in Murfreesboro. It seeks individuals and volunteer families to load and unload food, sort and stock, pack daily carts for families, clean and organize. There will be a number of opportunities in the near future due to numerous food drives. Those younger than 18 require parental consent or be accompanied by a parent (ages 14 and younger are required to have an adult accompany them at all times).

Pet Adoption & Welfare Services (PAWS)
285 John R. Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro
615-898-7740 | paws.rutherfordcountytn.gov
Kids and their parents can volunteer to provide undivided attention to the animals, help the staff around the office and more. You have to complete one volunteer orientation, which is held once a month on Saturdays at 8 a.m.

Second Harvest Food Bank
1958 Almaville Road, Smyrna
This organization works to feed hungry people and solve hunger issues in Middle and West Tennessee. Individuals and families can volunteer every day to help sort and pack food donations, prepare BackPacks for hungry children, and assist with special events and more.

Volunteer Rutherford
This comprehensive resource of charitable organizations in Rutherford County connects volunteers to services that matter to them. The site also has listings of current donation/volunteer needs, publicizes non-profit events and more.

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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.