NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The boxes of toys and clothes that line Lindsey Langley’s home aren’t for her family, but for her neighbors.
“She helps me and when I say she helps me, she helps me,” Sheree Crawley told News 2.
Langley started the Katie Hill toy drive, that’s now known as Project NENA, four years ago by putting letters in her neighbors’ mailboxes.
“It just said, ‘I know about single parents having to struggle,'” Crawley explained.
She is a single mother to five children.
Crawley is having a difficult time financially, so Langley’s generosity really helps.
“I don’t have a job. I’m on section 8 public assistance, so you know it’s hard,” explained Crawley.
For the past three years, her children have had presents under the tree, thanks to Project NENA. This year, they are among 300 that Project NENA plans to serve.
“Everything comes from the community into the community,” Langley told News 2.
She relies on her business contacts and social media to connect those in need in the northeast Nashville neighborhoods.
Melissa Stephens is one of about 200 people who have jumped on board to help.
“With this, you actually see where your donation goes and you see what a difference it makes in the community,” said Stephens while dropping off bags of toys and clothes.
Langley says most of the families ask for necessities like socks and jackets.
“The best feeling is when you see one of our children in the neighborhood riding a bike that someone donated to Project NENA for them or wearing a jacket that this child got through our gift drive. That’s a pretty wonderful feeling knowing you are able to help the people in your own community and just loving on them during a time of need,” said Langley.
She still needs sponsors for about 40 kids. For more information on how you can help, click here.