Help local families, adoptable animals: 5 ways to shop for good in Franklin, Brentwood this holiday season

Here are a few ways to give to local nonprofits this year. (Courtesy Pexels)
Here are a few ways to give to local nonprofits this year. (Courtesy Pexels)

Here are a few ways to give to local nonprofits this year. (Courtesy Pexels)

With just days left in the Christmas shopping season, there are a number of opportunities to give back to nonprofits and families in need while checking off shopping lists.

AMH Family Tree

To help feed families during the holidays, A. Marshall Hospitality, which operates several Franklin-area restaurants, such as Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant, Scout's Pub and Americana Taphouse, has launched its inaugural AMH Cares Family Tree in partnership with Boys and Girls Club, Graceworks Ministries Inc. and One Generation Away.

Through Dec. 20, those interested can call or visit a local Puckett's location and select an ornament tag with a family's name on it to donate $20-$40 toward a meal. Donations can be made at Americana Taphouse and Scout's through Dec. 16.

Meals will be delivered to families during the week of Christmas. See more here.

Shop with a Cop

The Brentwood Police Department will hold its annual shopping event in partnership with law enforcement agencies in Williamson County and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge to donate gifts to 150 children in need.

Shoppers can participate Dec. 13 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Walmart Supercenter at 3600 Mallory Lane, Franklin.

Toys for Tots

Brentwood Fire and Rescue is accepting new and unwrapped toys for families in need this holiday season.

Toys can be donated in person from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily at any of city's four fire and rescue stations, at City Hall, at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library or at the Brentwood Service Center. Donations can also be made online here.

See more about the Toys for Tots program here.

Williamson County Animal Center Giving Tree

To help animals in need during the holiday season and throughout the year, the WCAC has put up its annual Giving Tree, a Christmas tree filled with wish lists for shelter dogs and cats. Individuals can fulfill wish lists by dropping off items at the center, located at 106 Claudia Yates Drive, Franklin or by shopping online via the center's Amazon wish list.

Items in need include liquid laundry soap, kitten food, small litter boxes, cats toys, cat treats, clip dog leashes and dog training treats.

Franklin Firefighters Toy and Clothing Drive

This 13th-annual event collects children's toys and clothing to give to families in need identified by the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee.

Individuals can find gift requests from more than 300 children on displays set up outside all Franklin Fire Stations, the Franklin Fire Department headquarters and at Macy's in the CoolSprings Galleria.

Donations are accepted through Dec. 14. See more about the drive here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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