Bivens Dentistry started an annual Christmas event three years ago when they wanted to give back to their community, said Office Manager Laura Donatelli. This Christmas tradition began when the practice reached out to area battered woman.
"This year we thought about the children whom may otherwise go without Christmas," Donatelli said.
Dr. Shaun Bivens partnered with jumpy fun place Pump It Up in Mt. Juliet and the Fire Department of Mt. Juliet to host a special party at Pump it Up. Donatelli sent special invitations to the event to all the local school and asked school administrators to give them to students they thought might not get a visit from Santa because of hard times. She then went shopping and picked out dolls and trucks and dozens of other toys to give the children when they arrived at the party.
Fire Chief Jamie Luffman's crew delivered Santa to the party where he gave out toys to the children and had breakfast with them. Bivens Dentistry staff also gave out holiday bags with fruit, cupcakes and candy donated by staff and patients, said Donatelli. She said the local Kroger donated the fresh fruit.
"When Santa came on the fire truck the kids were so excited," Donatelli said. "They ran up to him and hugged him. It was good to see them get to play for three hours and have a hot breakfast."
She said the dental group was motivated to continue their Christmas outreaches because they "are very fortunate as a business and to grow with this community."
"We just want to give back," Donatelli said. "Every child deserves to have a smile on their face at Christmas."
Luffman said the department tries to meet every single request from the community.
"This community created us," he said. "It's our desire to serve not only 911 calls, but also non-emergency value-added calls. We like to get out in the public and do good work in all ways."
Luffman said firefighters Kenny Hudson, Jesse Quintana and Amanda Tetrick oversee the hundreds of calls related to public service from the department. This season also they contributed to Toys for Tots, Second Harvest Bank, MDA and the Christmas parade.
"Hey, we are always willing to give the jolly fat man a ride," Luffman said.
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