The City of La Vergne is asking for donations to help feed children and seniors during the holidays.
With just a week to go until Thanksgiving, city leaders told News 2 they desperately need turkeys and non-perishable food items.
In 2013, 91 families with 205 children and 20 elderly residents were helped during the holidays.
City leaders said that was a 30-percent increase in the number of families from the previous year assisted, along with 20-percent more children.
Officials told News 2 one of its top sponsors from previous years is unable to help this year, so they’re asking the public to step up to help.
“We have a lot of people, a lot of children, who will go home Tuesday and be off for the Thanksgiving holiday and be away for five days and they’re not getting those meals each day like when they’re in school,” La Vergne Police Chief Mike Walker told News 2.
Turkeys, non-perishable food items, new toys and toiletries are being accepted. They’re also asking for gift cards to discount retailers.
Cash donations are also being accepted.
All donations are tax exempt through F.O.P. Lodge 85.
For more information or to donate, contact Officer Sheree Robertson at 615-287-8618 or Toni Craddock at 615-287-8679.