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Restoration Community Outreach opens Donation Center & Food Pantry
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Restoration Community Outreach has teamed up with United Way and Second Harvest Food Bank to create The Donation Center & Food Pantry. 

Due to high unemployment rates and a difficult economy, your help is needed more than ever to provice meals to hundreds of your neighbors in need. The Donation Center & Food Pantry is asking local businesses, churches and civic groups to help sponsor food and toiletry drives to help feed the hungry in the community. 

All food, toiletry items and funds raised will help The Donation Center & Food Pantry to supply emergency food and toiletries to those in need. The Food Pantry is working hard to serve the community and help a growing number of families who are food insecure. Food insecure families are so limited in their resources to buy food if they are running out of food, reducing the quality of their food, cutting out meat, feeding their children unbalanced meals, or skipping meals so their children can eat. 

Donate non-perishable foods and toiletry items in the marked boxes at the collection points at 14905 Lebanon Road, Building A, Suite G. The Donation Center & Food Pantry is currently in serious need of the following: canned tuna, ham, chicken, turkey or beef, peanut butter and jelly, cereal beans, dried or canned macaroni and cheese, boxed meals, pasta and pasta sauces, rice, fruit juice, soup, fruit and vegetables, canned sugar and flour, coffee, tea and drink mix, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet tissue, soap, deodorant, shaving cream and feminine products. 

For more information about The Donation Center & Food Pantry, contact (931)952-0824 or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RCOdonationcenter 

 
Burglars break into Pharmacare
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Police Department are looking for two white males who broke into Pharmacare early Thursday morning. 

The suspects, both around 6 feet tall with thin builds, gained entry around 1:30 a.m. to the pharmacy located on 1097 Weston Drive. They stole a few items, but were scared away by a person working on site. Both were wearing dark clothing and concealing their faces. A burglary alarm alerted the MJPD to the scene, but the suspects had left the area. 

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Reckless driver sends MJPD on chase
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A reckless driver sent the Mt. Juliet Police Department on a chase on put a local school on lockdown Wednesday. 

According to the Mt. Juliet Police Department, around 11 a.m., Shawn Neal, 21, Lebanon was driving recklessly on Belinda Parkway when a MJPD officer attempted to pull him over. He continued to drive reckless before eventually lost control, hit a fire hydrant and flipped the car near Belinda Parkway and Alsdale Drive. He exited the vehicle and ran from police. 

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Big Brothers kicks off toy and food drive
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Big Brothers Food and Toy Drive, Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet have launched their 2013 Christmas Food and Toy Drive to help needy families.  

Each year at Christmas Big Brothers with the help of The Mt. Juliet High School students, ROTC and numerous volunteers, pack hundreds of food boxes and distribute toys to needy families in West Wilson County.  

Sherry Bilbrey, President of Big Brothers stated that with the West Wilson County population continuing to increase they expect more families needing assistance for Christmas 2013 and throughout the coming year. We serve families with permanent addresses in Mt, Juliet, Old Hickory, Gladeville and Hermitage in West Wilson County that begins at Highway 109 to the Davidson County line.

“Without Big Brothers help many families may not be able to provide a Christmas for their family. Big Brothers is a 501©3 non-profit and operates entirely on donations. We are and all volunteer group of caring people that’s only goal is to help those less fortunate,” said Bilbrey. 

“No officer or member of Big Brothers receives any type compensation for their services. We are asking that parents, students, local businesses and the community be aware that without their help in this most important mission, we would be unable to carry out our Christmas activities  and our year round mission of helping needy families with such things as Utility Bills, Food and Medication, or etc. These needs have seen a steady increase in past years. One never knows when you yourself might be that person or family in need of assistance,” said Bilbrey.

The Mother’s Toy Store will be Saturday Dec. 21 at the Mt. Juliet Middle School Cafeteria located at 3565 N. Mt. Juliet Road from 11 a.m.. until 4 p.m. There is no charge for the families to shop. Volunteers are needed on the evening of Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. and the morning of Dec. 21 at 7 a.m. in the school cafeteria to prepare the “Mother’s Toy Store” for parents to shop. 

The packing of Food boxes is accomplished with the help of the ROTC and the Mt. Juliet High school students with the ROTC instructors in charge of that task.

The most help is needed on Saturday morning Dec. 21 starting at 7 a.m. to help deliver food boxes. You will need room for a minimum of two boxes of food in your vehicle weighing approx. 40 pounds each. This is a good experience for parents and their children to know the joy of giving.

Help is also needed on Saturday morning Dec. 21 at the “Mother’s Toy Store” starting at 7 a.m.

You can also help through the food and toy drive. Contributions are desperately needed and are tax deductable.  They invite anyone in the community that would like to volunteer their help to please come and join us. New members are always welcome. Volunteering is a wonderful experience for all ages.

Big Brothers has partnered again this year with Second Harvest Food and the USMC Toys for Tots program. All food and toys collected will be distributed to needy families in West Wilson County. Any surplus food will be donated to the Mt. Juliet Help Center. Collection boxes have been placed in the Wilson County Schools and in several businesses in West Wilson County.  

Businesses participating in the Toy and food collection  west of Hwy 109, are Stylemasters, Wilson Bank & Trust, Dollar General Stores, Crye-Leike Realtors, Coldwell Banker Barnes, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, City of Mt. Juliet (City Hall), Victory Baptist Church, SunTrust Bank, Walgreens,  Environmental Science Corp., Mt. Juliet Beer Co., Curves,  Senior Center, Abundant Life Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Tri-Green Equipment, Mapco, Two Rivers Ford, Del Webb Lake Providence Club House,  Waffle House at Hwy 109 & I40 and Remove Training at the former Garr’s Feed and Rental Bldg. We also welcome the Mt. Juliet Fire Dept. Station # 1, Belinda Pky. as a collection site. 

Authorized collection places in the Gladeville community are Gladeville Elementary School and the Wilson Bank and Trust.

If there are other businesses that would like to have a collection box please contact us at 641-0577 or you may contact us through our web site.

Monetary donations should be made out to Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet and mailed to Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet, P.O. Box 1513, Mt. Juliet, TN. 37121. Please visit our Web Site at www.bigbrothersofmtjuliet.org for more information about Big Brothers.

 
Black Friday goes smoothly
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Black Friday shopping in Providence Marketplace went off with only minor problems. 

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