DCSO and Last Minute Toy Store ready to accept holiday donations

More than 5,400 Nashville children benefited from the Last Minute Toy Store in 2017.  Donations will be accepted this weekend and throughout December including at Titans and Predators games.

Nashville-Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall recently announced the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office will begin accepting Last Minute Toy Store (LMTS) donations throughout the month of December. For the 25th year, the LMTS will provide gifts for thousands of families in Nashville. This service is provided for those who are not receiving assistance from any other charitable organization.

“We are thrilled about our second year of partnership with the Last Minute Toy Store and even more excited we have so many other organizations willing to help us with donation collection including the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators, and the Mayor’s Office,” Hall said. “Anyone who came out last year to donate or volunteer can tell you what an impact the store can have. We saw parents coming out of the store after getting their shopping tickets in tears because they knew they would be able to give their kids presents on Christmas morning. It’s meaningful to know you are making a difference. We are proud to be part of this organization.”

The first donation opportunity is at Friday night’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Public Square Park. Sheriff’s office uniformed personnel will be located at Public Square Park and other locations convenient to the ceremony. Additionally, beginning this weekend, the DCSO will accept donations at its 5117 Harding Place location, also where the shopping will take place later this month, from 10 am–4 pm. New, unwrapped toys for children and gift cards for teenagers will also be accepted next weekend, as well as Dec. 15-19. Additionally, a portion of the toys collected by the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program at the Dec. 6 Tennessee Titans game and Dec. 15 Nashville Predators game will go to the LMTS.

“Last year, we began this new partnership and had no idea it would be such an overwhelming success,” said LMTS President Dale Robble, who has helped coordinate the LMTS effort for years. “It exceeded our expectations and we feel truly blessed to continue working with the sheriff’s office to, literally, provide for thousands of children. As successful as we were last year, that can’t continue without the support of our community. I hope you will take time in the upcoming month to drop off a donation or go to our website to donate online and help a child in need.”

“It is the season of giving and helping those who are less fortunate.” Hall said. If you are looking for a charitable organization to assist this holiday season, I hope you will make it the Last Minute Toy Store. Many families won’t have gifts for their kids without your generosity.”

Donations may also be dropped at the DCSO downtown administration office, 506 Second Avenue North, Monday through Friday, 8 am–4:30 pm.

Tickets to shop will be handed out beginning Dec. 19 and shopping will take place Dec. 20-22. For more information on how to donate, order a gift directly from Amazon, volunteer, or receive assistance from LMTS, visit www.lastminutetoystore.com.

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