10 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season in Sumner County (as reported by the Tennessean)
As November begins, so does the season of giving.
From volunteering to donating to participating in events, Sumner County is full of opportunities to help the needy. Here are some ways to give back this season.
1. Give away outgrown children’s coats
United Way of Sumner County launches its Kids Coat Drive, collecting gently-used children’s coats through Nov. 10 to help families in need.
Drop off locations:
- 166 N. Belvedere Drive in Gallatin
- 900 Conference Drive in Goodlettsville
- 110 Indian Lake Blvd.
- 104 Glen Oaks Blvd. in Hendersonville
The Farmers Bank
- 120 Village Drive in Portland
- 107 North Broadway in Portland
- 5804 Austin Peay Hwy. in Westmoreland
- 515 Hwy. 76 in White House
Gallatin Police Department holds its Shop with a Cop Golf Tournament to raise money to provide Christmas gifts for children. Golfers will receive complimentary lunch from T’s Hot Chicken.
When: 8 a.m. Nov. 4
Where: Long Hollow Golf Course
Tickets: $200 per four-person team
Register: 615-451-3120 or 615-452-1313
3. Give toys, gift cards
Hendersonville police are in need of cash, new toys and gift cards for the annual Santa Cop program to provide Christmas gifts for those who would otherwise have none.
To donate, drop unwrapped items off at the Hendersonville Police Department, 3 Executive Park Drive.
Checks made payable to Hendersonville Santa Cop can also be mailed to the Hendersonville Police Department, ATTN: Santa Cop, 3 Executive Park Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075.
4. Drop off nonperishable foods
Donated nonperishable items through Nov. 9 for Portland Chiropractic’s Thanksgiving Food Drive to help Portland C.A.R.E.S. provide goods for families in need.
Items most wanted:
- cake mixes
- cake icing
- tea bags
- stuffing mix
- peanut butter
- mac and cheese
Donors will receive one raffle ticket per two items donated, and new patients can receive a free exam if they bring a bag full of nonperishable items.
Where: Portland Chiropractic, 826 S. Broadway in Portland
5. Catch a show, shop
Help provide presents for kids in need in several ways through Christmas 4 Kids.
- Hunter Hayes, Brett Young, Lindsay Ell, John Berry and more will perform at the benefit concert 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are $60.
- See more artists at the bus show from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 11.
- Chaperone for a shopping trip from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 12.
Details: www.christmas4kids.org/concert.html, 615-453-9115, 615-347-8659
6. Hit the trails
Walk, jog or run a 5k, one mile or five-mile trail in Sumner Teen Center’s fourth annual Fall Back Bolt. Proceeds support the center’s programs from homework help to transportation and driver’s ed to cooking classes.
When: 8 a.m. Nov. 11
Where: Station Camp Greenway
7. Be a super hero
Dress as a super hero for The Edison School’s Hero Hustle 5k Fundraiser to support Sumner County’s school for children with various learning disabilities. There will also be a costume contest.
When: 7-10 a.m. Nov. 18
Where: Station Camp Greenway
8. Start Thanksgiving with a morning jog
Wake up Thanksgiving Day with another family tradition before turkey: the Indian Lake Loop. With a competitive five mile and 5K, participants of all ages can enjoy the 11th annual event. The race benefits COMPASS of Sumner County, supporting local schools.
When: 8 a.m. Nov. 23
Where: The Streets of Indian Lake
Tickets: $25, $60 for family of three to five
9. Run for veterans
QSA Foundation of Tennessee hosts These Colors Don’t Run Red, White and Blue Walk/Run to help homeless veterans.
When: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Nov. 11
Where: Tripile Creek Park in Gallatin
Tickets: $25, $15 for veterans
Details: Find the event on Eventbrite.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Donate to Sumner County Food Bank
The holiday season is the food bank’s most strenuous time, director James Gill said. Gill can stretch monetary donations to get more food for less from Second Harvest Food Bank to serve the hungry throughout the county.
Crye-Leike Real Estate Services Gallatin is collecting unwrapped toys and gently-used clothing for children ages 12 months to 12 years old through Dec. 7. Donations will be given to the Gallatin Day Care Center. Drop offs can be made at 1208 Nashville Pike.
On Dec. 7, the public can join Crye-Leike for warm apple cider and free baked goods from 2-6 p.m. There will be warm apple cider and plenty of baked goods that will be offered free to the public.