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Today! Fill A Truck For the Nolensville Food Pantry & Help 4 Hope

photo courtesy of the nolensville food pantry

Photo courtesy of the Nolensville Food Pantry

TODAY! Sunday, December 15 from 11AM to 3PM one of the big, red, 18 cu yd Junk King trucks will sit empty (and clean, thanks to our new neighbors and friends at Hotsy of Nashville) in the parking lot of McDougal’s Chicken in Nolensville, TN to accept donations of non-perishable foods, new personal care items (like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent), and new, unwrapped toys. All items will be delivered that afternoon to the Nolensville Food Pantry located at the Providence Baptist Fellowship Church in Nolensville, TN.

photo courtesy of mama's jave

This will be a last push to fill the needs of local Nolensville families before Christmas. Throughout the year Mama’s Java is a collection point for donations for both the Food Pantry and its sister Help 4 Hope Community Program. Melissa presently has wish lists (needs) of over 60 local families.

After Brian at McDougal’s kindly allowed us space in his parking lot he also said that folks dropping off donations of non-perishable food, personal care items, and new unwrapped toys would receive 10% off any purchases that day at that McDougal’s location. Thank you, Brian, Melissa, Debbie of the Food Pantry, and thanks to all who stop by – looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new people!

photo courtesy of mcdougal's chicken

Wacky Wednesday: Toilet Paper, Lots Of It –

photo by caryn, 322,560 rolls of toilet paper donated over 3 days in 2012

Photo by Caryn, 322,560 rolls of toilet paper donated over 3 days in 2012

Is that the Borg? No, wrong shape and material. It is a ‘Before’ photo of one of our most unique, difficult, and satisfying jobs. We received word late on a Saturday last year that we had a huge job (30+ trucks) starting Monday to remove toilet paper that had been in a warehouse fire. Well, 3 of those trucks had burned, wet, and smelly toilet paper remains to be hauled away. The rest were dry underneath the plastic layers, but had to be removed regardless. We did not want to take usable toilet paper to the landfill so I started making phone calls. The places I needed to reach were already closed and stayed closed on Sunday so my calls started in force early Monday and under the gun – the paper needed places to go and to go quickly due to the weather forecast for mid-week.

With the help of a forklift to move the 168 pallets, we either trucked toilet paper to locations like the Girl Scout’s Camp Holloway, the Martha O’Bryan Center, The Salvation Army, or we loaded trucks and flatbeds that came to us from Feed the Children, Second Harvest Foodbank of Middle TN, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, and the Men’s Rescue Mission. It took 2 and a half days and we just beat the rain.

Why Wacky Wednesday? 322,560 rolls of toilet paper is pretty wacky. We like to tell people that Junk King of Nashville papered Middle Tennessee!

Nolensville Food Pantry Seasonal Drive

photo courtesy of the nolensville food pantry

Photo courtesy of the Nolensville Food Pantry

The Nolensville Food Pantry is in need of non-perishable food to be able to service the local families in need this holiday season and have some reserve for early 2014. Folks think about food drives a little more around holiday time but January and February can be cold, hard months. People have been graciously donating. The Pantry’s goal is 1,000 cans of food by the holidays. I believe they are up to 350 already.

There are multiple places around Nolensville with drop off boxes for this drive. The Nolensville Public Library has a bin. Animal House in the new Town Center has a bin. Peacock Lane and Coffee & Canvas are also drop off points. I received $5 off a $10+ purchase at Peacock Lane last Friday when I brought a bag of 5 non-perishable items. The Nolensville Dollar General has a bin at the cash register and all you have do is say, “I’d like to donate 1/2/3/+ items to the food pantry.” and the clerk will assist with selecting items from the bin. Items are scanned and go into the Food Pantry box. As always items may also be dropped to Mama’s Java or even directly to the Food Pantry at Providence Baptist Fellowship office on 1668 Sunset Road. Debbie Noland is your contact there and can also do pick ups if needed. You may reach her at 283-8197 with any questions.

 

photo courtesy of junk king of nashville. one of our 18 cubic yard trucks at the parthenon, nashville, tn

Photo courtesy of Junk King of Nashville.

Melissa at Mama’s Java presently has wish lists (needs) of over 60 local families. The due date for those items is 12/19. Junk King of Nashville is helping with a last push to get items for the families and the Food Pantry. On Sunday, December 15 from 11AM to 3PM one of the big, red, 18 cubic yard Junk King trucks will sit empty (and clean) in the parking lot of McDougal’s Chicken in Nolensville, TN to accept donations of non-perishable foods, new personal care items (like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent), and new, unwrapped toys. 

photo courtesy of mcdougal's chicken

Photo courtesy of McDougal’s Chicken

After Brian at McDougal’s kindly allowed us space in his parking lot on the 15th he also said that folks dropping off donations of non-perishable food, personal care items, and new unwrapped toys would receive 10% off any purchases that day at that McDougal’s location.

#GivingTuesday (and Wednesday and Thursday and …)

 

banner courtesy of givingtuesday.org

Banner courtesy of givingtuesday.org

#GivingTuesday is in its second year. It is a counterpoint to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Taken from its website, “#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.” Two of our local non-profit partners are participating in #GivingTuesday: Safe Haven Family Shelter and Hands On Nashville.

graphic courtesy of safe haven family shelter

Graphic courtesy of Safe Haven Family Shelter

Safe Haven has many ways to give this holiday season. They have wish lists already set up at Amazon and Target for needs at the shelter. Safe Haven is unique in the Nashville area in that it keeps families together instead of sending the older sons and fathers to the men’s shelters. Straight monetary donations are accepted in any amount. The Blessings With Bows program lets you “Make a donation to Safe Haven in honor of your clients, coworkers, friends and family. Donate $10 or more, and they will send the recipient an electronic card via email recognizing your donation in his or her name.” Funds are tight all over. Safe Haven asks to please consider their Christmas Cheer Campaign. Send a Christmas card to Safe Haven and they will deck the walls with positive messages from the community.

graphic courtest of the oasis center

Graphic courtesy of Hands On Nashville and the Oasis Center

From 11:30am to 1:30pm the Hands On Nashville will be accepting used bikes for their ‘Recycle For Kids’ campaign to have the Oasis Center refub and donate this holiday season. Don’t have an unwanted bike hanging around? They are happy to accept a $10 donation which is what it costs to purchase a new and safe bike helmet. Their goal last year was 300 (of which Junk King donated 30). They made their goal and upped it to 500 this year. We will be dropping off the bikes we’ve been saving for this event since Summer.

Googling ‘Giving Tuesday’ and your city or using #GivingTuesday #Your City on Twitter should show multiple local opportunities to help. If not there should be local food bank and toy drives nearby.

12/15 Fill-A-Truck For the Nolensville Food Pantry for the Holidays

photo courtesy of the nolensville food pantry

Photo courtesy of the Nolensville Food Pantry

On Sunday, December 15 from 11AM to 3PM one of the big, red, 18 cubic yard Junk King trucks will sit empty (and clean) in the parking lot of McDougal’s Chicken in Nolensville, TN to accept donations of non-perishable foods, new personal care items (like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent), and new, unwrapped toys. All items will be delivered that afternoon to the Nolensville Food Pantry located at the Providence Baptist Fellowship Church in Nolensville, TN.

photo courtesy of mama's jave

Photo courtesy of Mama’s Java

This will be a last push to fill the needs of local Nolensville families before Christmas. Throughout the year Mama’s Java is a collection point for donations for both the Food Pantry and its sister Help 4 Hope Community Program. Melissa presently has wish lists (needs) of over 60 local families. The due date for those items is 12/19 and hopefully the items brought to our trucks on the 15th will fill out the lists so no families are left wanting.

After Brian at McDougal’s kindly allowed us space in his parking lot on the 15th he also said that folks dropping off donations of non-perishable food, personal care items, and new unwrapped toys would receive 10% off any purchases that day at that McDougal’s location. Thank you, Brian, Melissa, Debbie of the Food Pantry, and thanks to all who stop by!

photo courtesy of mcdougal's chicken

Photo courtesy of McDougal’s Chicken

Volunteer Opportunities: Community Resource Center

graphic courtesy of the crc of their 2013 volunteer opportunities

Graphic courtesy of the CRC of their 2013 Volunteer Opportunities

The Community Resource Center in Nashville, TN is ‘The Lifeline for Middle Tennessee Non-Profits’. Its mission statement is brief and powerful: to provide household goods, furniture, and appliances to people in desperate need.

The CRC has released the schedule for volunteer opportunities for the upcoming holiday season. Each December the CRC has a Christmas Giveaway for its partners. The volunteers are needed to sort and assemble the items for pick up by the participating CRC non-profit partners.

Volunteers need to be 15 or older. As long as there is an accompanying adult, children as young as 8 may volunteer. They need between 5-10 volunteers each shift, so while this might be a great opportunity for youth groups, members might have to volunteer at different times.

photo by catherine mayhew of betsy everett among the donations to be sorted for last year's christmas giveaway

Photo by Catherine Mayhew of Betsy Everett among the donations to be sorted for last year’s Christmas Giveaway

The CRC connects both corporate and private entities which have new and very gently used items to donate with non-profits in need. If there is not an immediate and exact match the items go to the warehouse on Omohundro Drive for the short wait for that opportunity. It’s not just furniture and appliances, the greatest need is for personal care items – the basics like soap, shampoo, and toothpaste.

photo courtesy of the crc from a previous christmas giveaway

Photo courtesy of the CRC from a previous Christmas Giveaway

Please take a look at the CRC’s blog, Two Chicks in a Warehouse, to get a more complete idea of the impact these women, their volunteers, and the donating partners have had on the Nashville community. You’ll also understand the beauty of ‘Bacon Wednesdays‘ – check it out.

 

photo courtesy of the heart of worship school of its students

Photo courtesy of the Heart of Worship School of its students

The scope of one of the newest CRC members reaches beyond Middle Tennessee.  The locally-based non-profit Heart of Worship Ministries maintains a school in the mountains of Haiti, ensuring lunches, uniforms, lighting, repair, and just about everything else through two cargo shipments a year (and a lot of hard work).

Meet Your Best Friend At The Zoo!

graphic from pedigree for meet you best friend at the zoo day

Graphic from Pedigree for Meet Your Best Friend At The Zoo Day

From between 10AM and 4PM on Saturday, November 9th you can ‘Meet Your Best Friend at The Zoo’ at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.  Area pet adoption agencies, humane societies, and animal shelters will bring potential adoptees to the zoo. The event takes place in the parking lot. Pedigree is an event sponsor and there will be promotional items from pet food companies, pet supply companies, and other retail outlets. Zoo admission is not required.  Parking, however, is $5. The address for the Zoo is 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville, TN 37211.  Please call 615-833-1534 with questions.

photo by caryn of our best friend

Photo by Caryn of One of Our Best Friends

Thirteen years ago we met our best friend at the Chemung County SPCA. Two months later we got our second best friend from the same place. We donate usable crates, carriers, pens, and towels to area shelters and rescues.

Pay It Forward – Run For Relief 5K To Benefit The Oasis Center

graphic for the run for relief

Graphic from the Run For Relief

Williamson County’s Middle College High School is hosting a 5K on November 16th to benefit the Oasis Center.  You may sign up here in advance.  The location is at 239 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN, 37064 at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm.  Online registration closes November 15th.

Why support The Oasis Center? The center is there to help youth through engagement and action, counseling, mentoring, and flat out caring.  We got to know the Oasis Center through their bike program.  Last Fall we dropped off close to 30 bicycles during last year’s bike drive and hope to reach similar numbers this year.

bicycles donated by junk king of nashville to the oasis center's program

Photo by Caryn of bicycles donated last year by Junk King of Nashville to the Oasis Center’s bike program

If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer, the Oasis Center is a wonderful place to start. Please check them out!

Youth Villages in Nashville is Looking For Holiday Heroes

youth villages logo

Each year Youth Villages helps over 5,000 of the most troubled children and families in Middle Tennessee live successfully. Youth Villages provides a variety of services including three group homes in Nashville (with eight children per home) for older adolescents who have no family or foster care options.  They have home-based counseling which enables children and families to remain together while receiving professional help. They also have a therapeutic foster care division, adoption services for special needs children, and transitional living services for young adults aging out of foster care to help them become productive members of our community.
This year Youth Villages will have over 1,000 children and families who desperately need someone to become their Holiday Hero.  Here is how the program works: each child fills out a wish list of three gift and the Heroes are sent those wish lists and purchase the gifts.  They ask the Heroes only spend between $75-$100 per child and to please try to fill the top three wishes on their lists.  If Heroes would like to add more items beyond the three that is perfectly fine and appreciated.
Youth Villages asks that each gift be unwrapped and bagged together in a clear, clean trash sack with a copy of the child’s list inside and have the child’s name and CDT number on it.  They would like to have the gifts delivered to the Nashville office of Youth Villages at 3310 Perimeter Hill Drive (off of Antioch Pike near Harding) by Thursday, December 5th.
Please contact Greg at (615) 250-7262 or  greg.schott@youthvillages.org  
youth villages nashville

Photo by infoUSA of the Youth Villages location in Nashville

 

Safe Haven Family Shelter’s Hike For The Homeless

This graphic is from Safe Haven's Facebook post on their page regarding their upcoming fundraiser.

Graphic from Safe Haven’s Facebook page 

There is still time to register for Safe Haven Family Shelter’s annual fundraiser the ‘Hike for the Homeless’.  If you are familiar with Safe Haven you know of its commitment to keeping families together during the hardest of times.  This past year they Safe Haven expanded its footprint by almost double to help even more families.  One of its largest fundraisers is this hike at Edwin Warner Park on Saturday, November 2.

You may register as a single participant, join an existing team, or create your own team.  The goal is to raise monies through pledges for your walk.  There are two trails in this beautiful park, 2.2 and 3.1 miles.  There are elevations and it is a workout, but the pace is your own.  You’ll be among families, school groups, civic groups, and business groups walking together with one goal.  As you progress you will learn humbling facts about the homeless in our city and country. Please consider joining.

Questions? Email hike@safehaven.org

 


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