Since 1948, Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet has been helping the citizens of West Wilson County through tough times, and this year is no exception.
The group estimates they will serve well over 600 families in need this holiday season through their annual Mother’s Toy Store and food distribution programs. As the area grows, however, so does the need for help, so the Big Brothers group has taken action to grow as well.
“For 66 years, Big Brothers has managed to help hundreds of people all year long through generous donations from local citizens and businesses,” said Duane Propes, Big Brothers Outreach & Communications chair. “We depend 100 percent on donations from the community to help our neighbors get through tight situations, and not just at Christmas. And as our part of Wilson County grows, we know that we have to grow our program and make a few changes to be prepared for what is heading our way in the coming years. Fortunately, we have people and businesses here who are willing and able to help us down this path so we can continue to help others.”
The Mt. Juliet Fire and Police Departments were the first to step up to the plate, helping to organize three benefit events at the Mt. Juliet Walmart; the first held Nov. 12 and two more upcoming events on Nov. 28 and 29. “The first event was the test run for Black Friday weekend, just to see how things would shake out,” said Propes. “It was a major success, surpassing our highest expectations. The Walmart staff and our fire fighters and police have been fantastic in organizing these events for us, and for the store to be willing to give us the whole Black Friday weekend to collect toys and donations is truly a blessing. It’s going to be amazing.”
The Walmart events will be held from 2 until 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 29. The FDMJ will have the new fire engines on display, and the public is invited to bring their children and meet our local firefighters and police officers.
Other upcoming events planned are a benefit hosted by the “Wilson County Grand Squares,” at the Gladeville Community Center Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 7 until 9 p.m., and a special Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 13, hosted by Courtney’s Restaurant at 4066 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., from 5 until 8 p.m. The admissions for both events are a donation of a new, unwrapped toy, and/or a monetary donation to Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet.