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April 22, 2024

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Mason Strong Toy Drive Returns for Second Year with Expanded Event

Last year, while in the hospital, Melissa Biddick noticed how many babies in the NICU were in need. She pitched the idea to her parents to hold a toy drive and the rest is history.

Mason Biddick

Mason Biddick

For the second year, the family of Mason Biddick is hosting a community toy drive this holiday season to give back to families whose children are in the hospital and those less fortunate.

And this year, they’re adding a second night to the event! The Mason Strong toy drive will be Friday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 11 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Mason’s grandparents’ home in Nolensville (located at 753 Eldon Lane).

A wish list has been created from TriStar Centennial Children’s Hospital, including items for newborns through age 18. The gifts need to be unwrapped and unopened.

In addition, more than 52 inflatable holiday characters will be on display during the event, as well as a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Clause for photo opportunities.

Mason Biddick, born July 23, 2020, is the son of Melissa and Dan Biddick. He was born with omphalocele, a birth defect of the abdominal wall where the intestines, liver or other organs stick out through the belly button. This rare condition affects only one in about 4,200 babies. Last year, Mason was still in the children’s hospital during the toy drive. The family is happy that this year they have their precious son home. He is scheduled to have surgery in 2022.

The wish list for the toy drive is online at