MNPD collecting toys for Christmas Basket donations

Posted at 11:11 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-06 06:59:11-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Police Officers are doing their part to help people in need this holiday season.

The department’s Mounted Patrol Division collected unopened gifts in the Nashville Zoo parking lot for its annual Christmas Basket program on Saturday. Donors also had the opportunity to meet a horse from the division.

For every toy donated, the zoo will give away one free ticket - with a two ticket per person limit.

Donations will be delivered by police officers to local families.

“On Christmas Eve at six o’clock in the morning we start going to their houses and we take four bushel baskets of food and toys for every kid in the household. It’s enough to get them through the holiday season, some of them its there only Christmas, some of them it just makes it for a more full Christmas experience for them,” said Captain Harmon Hunsicker of MNPD's Forensic Services Division.

The event will also take place Sunday at the zoo from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.