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Holiday Heroes: A great time helping children in need in Middle Tennessee

April 30, 2011

More than 700 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 2010 thanks to generous donations from Holiday Heroes in Middle Tennessee.

“We thought last year couldn’t be topped,” said Patti Bryan, development director for 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 Inc., Tennessee State University, Ingersoll Rand and Unity Hair Salon, provided more than money — they also helped make the holidays a happy time for many young people.

Students from Grassland Middle School, Father Ryan High School and many other volunteers helped out by wrapping gifts.

“Because of the support we received, we were able to bring joy to more children than ever before, including many who came to us at the last minute,” Bryan said. “We can’t thank everyone enough.”

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