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Middle Tennessee organizations step up as ‘Holiday Heroes’

May 23, 2010

Middle Tennessee organizations stepped up to help Youth Villages during the holidays by helping to ensure more than 650 children receiving help through Youth Villages’ foster care and residential programs, along with families helped through intensive in-home services and young adults participating in the Transitional Living program, received Christmas gifts.

Holiday Heroes in Middle Tennessee include Healthways, Bridgestone Firestone, Turner Universal, NFIB, AT&T, Dell and Unity Hair Salon.

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More than 650 children receiving help through Youth Villages’ foster care and residential programs, along with families helped through intensive in-home services and young adults participating in the Transitional Living program, had much to celebrate in 2009 thanks to generous donations from Holiday Heroes in Middle Tennessee.

“We thought last year couldn’t be topped,” said Patti Bryan, development director of Youth Villages in Middle Tennessee. “But once again, we were overwhelmed by support from the community.”

Many local organizations, including Healthways, Bridgestone Firestone, Turner Universal, NFIB, AT&T, Dell and Unity Hair Salon, provided more than money – they also helped make the holidays a happy time for many young people.

More than 500 Healthways employees volunteered by going on a shopping spree at local Walmart stores to purchase gifts for more than 200 young people with Youth Villages, and students from St. Edwards, Grassland Middle, and Father Ryan High School helped out by wrapping gifts. Young people received such gifts as Mp3 players, books, clothes, bicycles, board games and more. Monetarily, Youth Villages in Middle Tennessee was able to give more donations than ever before.

“Because of the support we received, we were able to give more donations than ever before, including some last-minute gifts,” Bryan said. “We can’t thank everyone enough.”

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  1. May 29, 2010 1:38 am

    the real hero is you Bryan. thanks for organize this Holiday Heroes

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