NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hundreds of kids will have gifts under the tree this year thanks to Project NENA, the Northeast Nashville Alliance.
The organization has started NENA’S Kids: A Gift Drive.
Brad Miser with Unique Automotive is one of several people that have opened up their heart to support NENA’s Kids.
“This is about providing the necessities for people that often go without,” Miser explained to News 2.
Jake Owen is also on board, supporting the gift drive now in its third year and formerly known as Katie Hill Kids Toy Drive.
“The community has given me so much that it’s the least I could do to give back,” said Owen.
The giving program started at the hands of Lindsey Langley, who saw that her neighbors were in need.
“We’ve expanded and we are actually serving children all over Northeast Nashville, even over to Bordeaux and McFerrin Park and Cleveland Park and those areas,” said Langley, adding, “It’s about giving back to those communities but it’s also bringing awareness that we are growing and the city is growing but we have to make sure and take care of our own.”
Most of the families on the list aren’t looking for toys.
“A lot of these children don’t have clothes to wear, don’t have a warm jacket, don’t have clean socks to put on,” said Miser.
Langley agreed, saying, “When I get forms from parents, most of those parents aren’t asking for toys. They are asking for socks, they are asking for underwear, jackets, diapers basic necessities.”
The first year, Langley with the help of others provided Christmas for 40 kids. Last year, they nearly doubled that, and this year there are 200 children on the list.
“It goes to show you that one person can make a big difference, just one person and when you can take someone’s dream like that and it becomes contagious to others that are giving and get others involved there’s no end to what you can do for people. So that’s why when I heard about this I’m so happy to be a part of it and do anything I can and help spread the word,” said Owen.
Project NENA is still in need of finding sponsors for 75 children.
Unique Automotive, at 1414 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210, is one of eight drop off locations in Middle Tennessee.