What is Operation Christmas Cheer and why should you care?

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Let’s do a mental exercise. I want you to pretend you are a child again during Christmas time. But instead of the memories you may personally hold of the magic this time of year can hold, I want you to imagine that you are living in a shelter, a motel or a car. Imagine that seeing or hearing things a child shouldn’t see or hear may be a part of your normal life. Maybe your family struggles with addiction, abuse, hunger or maybe one of your parents are incarcerated. All the kids at school are so excited and making lists to Santa but you learned long ago that Santa didn’t exist because there have been years where he never came. Imagine and empty belly and clothes too small. You had to grow up too fast. Now imagine you wake up Christmas morning. No tree or presents and you may not know where your next meal will come from or where you will sleep that night. You look out the window or the motel or car and what do you see? Wait….what is that? Why are all those cars following each other? Why are they driving towards you? There’s a reindeer strapped to the front car and the others are decorated and wait…who’s driving that last car? It can’t be!…it’s Santa!!! How did that make you feel? For many kids in the Middle TN area that is a reality. Our volunteers give up their Christmas morning each year to form a large caravan and surprise hundreds of children on Christmas morning! Each vehicle is filled with either toys, clothes, food, toiletries and more. When we surprise the children they get to go to each vehicle and pick out what they want and visit with Santa! Last year we even had a motorcycle group called Tha Family join us. The kids loved sitting on the bikes and meeting the riders! Besides all the presents and “stuff” we use it as an opportunity to pray with everyone and show Love in a unique way. We also have an opportunity to restore some magic back into their childhood if just for a moment. We will have several toy drives and we will need your help to make this happen! We are excited to announce that the Middle Tennessee Electric Department is hosting a toy drive along with Tha Family Motorcycle Club and Murfreesboro Moms Group as well! Check back for updates on toy drop off locations! Along with toys we need food easy to prepare with use of a microwave at the most, blankets, crafts and toiletries! In addition to Operation Christmas Cheer, we will be contacted by schools addition and social workers about kids not adopted by other programs. It’s our goal to spread the Gospel through self sacrificing love and giving. If you’d like to make a monetary donation please click on the donate link on this site. If you’d like to do a toy or food drive for us please let us know!

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