MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — Murfreesboro Police Officer Brittany Maxwell began a drive to collect Christmas trees for low income children in the area she patrolled.
She died before she completed the mission, but her family continues it every year.
A statement from a child in the Franklin heights housing Projects about Christmas sparked Murfreesboro Police Officer Brittany Maxwell to try to provide every child in the area with a Christmas tree.
“One of the kids one day told her that they were not excited about Christmas because only rich people had trees,” her mother Kim Maxwell said. “Brittany loved Christmas and she loved the kids in the area where she patrolled so to imagine any of them without a Christmas tree was unacceptable to her.”
Maxwell started collecting new and gently used Christmas trees from her family, friends and co-workers.
But, before she was able to deliver the trees she passed away unexpectedly.
Her family and friends decided to continue her mission and call it The Brittany Project.
Now six years later the organization is 501 c 3 non-profit that every year provides more than 100 Christmas trees to deserving families across Rutherford County.
“When you take a tree to a child you wouldn’t think it is that important but it is and when you see their faces it makes it all worthwhile,” Maxwell said.
Saturday News 2 was with Maxwell and her husband as they delivered a pre-lit Christmas tree, ornaments and stockings to Brittney Holmes’ home.
This was the first year Holmes received a tree from The Brittany Project, but she has known Kim Maxwell for years.
“I met them about four or five years ago when I was living at a Murfreesboro motel during a really rough spot in my life,” Holmes said. “I didn’t have custody of my kids and I was working on getting myself back together.”
She continued, “A couple of years later when I was released from Jail and trying to get my kids back I talked to Kim and she remembered me.”
Volunteers deliver the Christmas trees and The Brittany Project receives numerous donations and support, including from the Iron Order Motorcycle Club Murfreesboro Chapter.