This past Thursday, many families across the United States came together to celebrate one of America’s most cherished holidays, Thanksgiving. And there’s so much to be thankful for! From taking time to sit back and relax, to roasting that good old turkey, to gathering around the dining room table and appreciating everyone’s company, Thanksgiving is a magical holiday.

The Threads of Care team is also very grateful! Before our upcoming December 1-15 clothing drive, we’ve already received over 1,000 articles of clothing, more than $200 in donations and a $500 grant from Disney and Youth Service America! Rest assured, the clothing and money will be put to good use this holiday season. But, as always, there’s so much more we can do to help impoverished children and teens this winter.

I was fortunate to be invited onto Franklin Tomorrow’s Frank Talks Panel a couple of weeks ago. Sharing the stage with Casey Enright, Founder of The Word Wagon, and Diane Hayes, Executive Director of the Young Leaders Council was an absolute pleasure! While each of our nonprofits focuses on different community issues, we all shared one underlying message: there is poverty in Williamson County.

Threads of Care’s support for Nashville’s young homeless population is stronger than ever, but we recognize that impoverished Franklin children and teens need more support! Many young students, especially in Franklin Special School District, are on Free and Reduced lunch, and, according to the Tennessean, approximately “39% of FSSD students are economically disadvantaged.” Some of our partner community initiatives such as NOOK––Needs of Our Kids––and nonprofits like One Generation Away have risen to the plate to help address these issues. But, we need more support for these kids!

As our December clothing drive approaches, please donate gently used clothing, money, and new items! The Threads of Care team intends to give those new items to NOOK so that these FSSD students can go to school without having to worry about the decreasing temperatures. Everything else will be sent to our usual partners in Nashville (The Oasis Center, Room In The Inn, Nashville Family and Children’s Services).

Every coat, pair of pants, a pair of socks, or a brand new pair of underwear counts. While there’s much to be thankful for, we cannot forget the young children and teens who were dealt a bad hand. Make sure to #ShareYourCare this holiday season!

If you would like to learn more about The Word Wagon or the Young Leaders Council, check out the links below!

Also, make sure to read the Tennessean article below on all of the fantastic work that NOOK and One Generation Away are doing!