Law enforcement, fire officials, join forces to help those in need during holidays
By Donna O'Neil, Staff writer
As the holidays approach, the need is still very real for many families in Williamson County. Organizations that step up to address those needs are continuing to call out to residents who are able to give so that more of the county’s families can share in holiday happiness.
Among them are the local police and fire departments. In Franklin, firefighters are conduct in a toy and clothing drive.
Franklin Fire Department
Franklin Fire Department is conducting a toy and clothing drive to benefit the children at the Franklin Boys & Girls Club, Fairview children and those in the Head Start program. Capt. Clay Mackey said, “Last year we provided for the children in the Boys & Girls Club in Franklin and had so much left over that we provided all the extra stuff to the children in Fairview and Head Start. We decided to include those kids this year.”
He explained that due to the additional children, they have gone from 350 items last year to needing 950 items this year. He recognized that this year is tough for everyone, but said that people have been generous to date and have satisfied nearly 75 percent of what is needed.
“Times are tough,” he said, “But we are behind schedule. The deadline for dropping off items is Dec. 16, because we organize, wrap and give the items to the kids at a party on Dec. 18. Based on what we still have to do, we are behind.”
Items still needed for the children are listed on tags at each of the fire stations in Franklin, including Station 1, 500 New Highway 96 West; Station 2, 907 Murfreesboro Road; Station 3, 298 Mallory Station Road; Station, 4, 2039 Fieldstone Farms; Station 5, 215 Noah Drive; Station 6, 1061 Cool Springs Boulevard; City Hall, 109 3rd Ave. S, Ste. 133; and Community First Bank & Trust, 9045 Carothers Pkwy.
For information, call Capt. Clay Mackey at 390-8180 or e-mail email@example.com or call firefighter David Edge at 533-0568.
Brentwood Fire Department
Brentwood firefighters participate in the Toys for Tots, which is a program sponsored by the U.S. Marines Corp Reserves. Donors are asked to drop off a new unwrapped toy to any of the four Brentwood Fire Stations or the Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road through Dec. 24. Addresses for the Brentwood Fire Stations are: Station 1, 5211 Maryland Way; Station 2, 1301 Wilson Pike; 1750 Gen. George Patton Drive; and 1300 Sunset Road.
Area law enforcement
Area law enforcement agencies have combined efforts in a countywide Shop with a Cop program, which will be held Sunday, Dec. 20. The event held at Christmas and again just before going back to school area law enforcement officers, including Franklin, Brentwood, Fairview and Spring Hill police, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations officers, Williamson County Sheriff Department officers, Tennessee Highway Patrol officers and other members of the Morris Heithcock Lodge #41 Fraternal Order of Police.
“This year there is more need, but donations are down,” said Williamson County Sheriff Deputy and FOP president Joe Burns, who explained officers accompany children on a shopping trip to Wal-Mart to spend a $150 stipend on good winter coats, shoes, socks and underclothing. The children are also encouraged to purchase toys so they can have a good
Burns said the thing that most officers find each year is that the giving spirit lives within these children as well. “Many of them want to buy for others, including grandparents, brothers and sisters. They find it difficult to spend money on themselves.”
“Shop with a Cop provides the children with a positive interaction with law enforcement,” he said. “It shows them that police officers are not always there to take someone to jail or write a ticket or take a child off to DCS. We are not always there for bad reasons, but sometimes we are there for good reasons too.”
He praised Wal-Mart as a “fantastic partner” in the Shop with a Cop program.
Shop with a Cop takes place Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Cool Springs Wal-Mart at 6:30 a.m. Law enforcement officials who wish to participate are asked to wear their uniform and to bring a calculator. Officers do not have to be members of the Morris Heithcock Lodge to participate.
Anyone wishing to make a financial donation is asked to send them to Fraternal Order of Police, Post Office Box 57, Franklin, TN 37065.
Posted on: 12/10/2009