With Giving Tuesday just around the corner, you may be looking for ways to help spread Christmas cheer in Nashville. Here’s what five local nonprofits are looking for to help make the season bright for all.
St. Luke’s Toy Store and
Adopt a Senior program
St. Luke’s Community House is collecting gifts for 200 Nashville children in need, so families aren’t forced to choose between paying for rent and food or Christmas presents.
Donations of new, unwrapped gifts for newborns up to kids age 18 can be brought to the St. Luke’s Community House office at 5601 New York Ave. Call first to confirm a drop-off time. The deadline to bring gifts is Dec. 6. For those who prefer Cyber Monday shopping, St. Luke’s Toy Store has an Amazon wish list here, where gifts will be shipped directly to the office.
St. Luke’s also organizes an Adopt a Senior program to bring Yuletide cheer to seniors in Davidson County. To adopt a senior, register on the St. Luke’s website to be matched and receive a wish list of gift ideas. The deadline to drop off wrapped gifts for seniors is Friday, Dec. 3.
Shower the People
Shower the People is a nonprofit that provides weekly shower services to Nashville’s homeless community. As the weather turns cold, the group’s most pressing needs are winter supplies, chief administrator Meredith MacLeod Jaulin says.
“Thursday will be our second night of the emergency shelter being open, but we have a lot of people who don’t go to the shelter,” Jaulin says.
Donations of hats, gloves, socks and blankets are needed to help unhoused neighbors keep warm. Hygiene supplies are also needed for shower guests.
“Also, the 1-pound canisters of propane — people use those to be able to heat their tent. Those are really important to us,” she says.
Donations can be dropped off at 6100 Centennial Blvd. on Mondays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Shower the People also has an Amazon wish list, available here.
Last Minute Toy Store
The Last Minute Toy Store allows families in need who missed deadlines for other Middle Tennessee charities to “shop” for free toys, stocking stuffers, books and games. It is operated by Highland Park Church and United Methodist churches in partnership with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys and age-appropriate gifts (no clothing) for children ages newborn to 18 years are needed, especially for toddlers and teenagers. Physical donations can be brought to Highland Park Church at 5710 Knob Road on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 3 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., or to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office Service Center at 5117 Harding Place on weekends through Dec. 18.
Monetary gifts are also welcome by check, PayPal and Venmo @LastMinuteToyStore. Donors can also shop the Amazon wish list online here.
Nashville Diaper Connection
One in 3 Nashville families struggle to afford diapers. While food stamps and SNAP benefits can be used to purchase cigarettes and alcohol, diaper purchases do not qualify, leaving many Nashville families in need.
Nashville Diaper Connection collects diaper donations and partners with 56 area schools and organizations to distribute diapers to babies in need. Right now, it’s working to raise $20,000 for its 2021 annual fundraiser.
Donations to Nashville Diaper Connection’s fundraiser can be made online here. Physical diaper donations — either new in package or extras from an open package — can be dropped off at Metro police’s West, Madison, East, Midtown Hills and South precincts.
Angel Tree Project
There’s still time to choose an angel and shop for them. The deadline to choose a child to shop for is Dec. 4, and the gift drop-off deadline is Dec. 5. To adopt an angel, visit the Salvation Army website here.