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Big Brothers of MJ needs communitys help

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Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet requests the communitys help.

Each year at Christmas Big Brothers, with the help of 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, said that with the West Wilson County population continuing to increase they expect more families needing assistance for Christmas 2012.

Without Big Brothers help, many families may not be able to provide a Christmas for their family. Big Brothers is a 501(c)3 non-profit and operates entirely on donations. We are and all-volunteer group of caring people whose only goal is to help those less fortunate, Bilbrey said. No one receives any type compensation. 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, etc. These needs have seen a steady increase this past year. One never knows when you yourself might be that person or family in need of assistance.

Big Brothers has partnered again this year with Second Harvest Food Bank and the United States Marine Corps 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. Families with a permanent address in Mt. Juliet, Old Hickory, Gladeville and Hermitage in West Wilson County are served.

The Mothers Toy Store will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Mt. Juliet Middle School Cafeteria located at 3565 N. Mt. Juliet Road. There is no charge for the families to shop. Volunteers are needed on the evening of Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. and the morning of Dec. 15, at 7 a.m., in the school cafeteria to prepare the Mothers Toy Store for parents to shop.

Food boxes will be packed at the Mt. Juliet Middle School at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14.The most help is needed at 7 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, to help deliver food boxes. You will need room for a minimum of two boxes of food in your vehicle weighing approximately 40 pounds each.

This is a good experience for parents and their children to know the joy of giving, Bilbrey said.

We are low on funds and we need the community to open their hearts, she added. You can help through the food and toy drive and by volunteering your time. Contributions are desperately needed. We invite anyone in the community that would like to volunteer their help to please come and join us. Volunteering is a wonderful experience for all ages.

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. Visit the website at www.bigbrothersofmtjuliet.org for more information about Big Brothers. Visit the Events page for information on all of the organizations Christmas activities.

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