The Nashville Zoo and Metro police teamed up over the weekend to help underprivileged children this holiday season.
Mounted Patrol of the police department set up in the zoo's parking lot on Sunday to collect toys for the department's annual toy drive.
“Christmas is for kids and they need to have some joy,” Officer Karen Krause said.
Zoo attendees who donated to the toy drive, which benefits hundreds of local children, received free admission to the zoo.
“With the economy and people losing their jobs, this is just one way that we can help,” explained Krause.
Krause told Nashville's News 2 the annual toy drive is a way for police officers to interact with the community in a positive light.
“Most of the time people see us at their worst times instead of their good times,” she said, adding, “This is when people can see us during the good times instead of just seeing us when they're having a bad day.”
The toy baskets, along with food baskets will be assembled the week before Christmas and be delivered on December 24.
The program is for children 12-years-old and under.
Click here for more information on the annual drive