By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
It is better to give than to receive and Wilson Countians know it. Several organizations have placed trees and other present collection boxes at area locations to encourage donations during the season of giving.
Toys for the Troops Kids kicked off yesterday at City Hall in Lebanon. MSGT Jeff Seaborn said that the program collects presents for the children of military men and women who are currently serving to help them have a happier holiday season.
All of the presents stay locally, Seaborn said, explaining that their involvement is to collect the toys and turn them over to the Toys for the Troops Kids organization to distribute. We dont adopt families, just help families. Gifts for Toys for the Troops Kids may be dropped off at Lebanon City Hall during hours of operation. City Hall is also home to an Angel Tree.
Be a Santa to a Senior put up their first tree on Friday at CedarStone Bank in Lebanon. Home Instead Senior Care teamed up with non-profit agencies and area retailers to sponsor the annual program which collects, wraps and delivers gifts to lonely and needy seniors in Hermitage and in Wilson and Smith Counties.
Maggie Julian, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving these areas, said that during Christmastime the personal needs of seniors become magnified. Many are living alone and have no one to share their problems, she said. Other tree locations in Lebanon are: the Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive; the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce and the Crystal Couture Store, on the Lebanon Public Square; US Community Credit Union, CVS Pharmacy, Elmcroft of Lebanon Assisted Living and Memorycare, Southern Manor Living Center, Amedisys, CedarStone Bank and Star Physical Therapy.
Mt. Juliet locations are: US Community Credit Union, CedarStone Bank, Rutland Place and Star Physical Therapy. Trees will also be placed in Old Hickory at Life Care center and at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.
The Home Instead Senior Care office will then enlist the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates, non-profit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts on Dec. 13. Julian announced yesterday at they will be receiving a proclamation for Be a Santa to a Senior Week in December from the Lebanon City Council at their Tuesday, Nov. 20 meeting.