Metro Nashville Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Division will collect donated toys for its annual Christmas Basket Program on Dec. 12 and 13 at Nashville Zoo. As an added incentive, the Zoo is offering a complimentary admission ticket for every new toy donated.
Metro police officers will collect the toys in the Zoo’s parking lot from 9 am – 4 pm. Kids are invited to drop off letters to Santa Claus that the officers will deliver to the North Pole in time for Christmas. Horses from the Mounted Patrol Division will also be available for guests to meet. Located next to the toy drive, the Zoo will offer a selection of toys that guests can purchase for the purpose of donating to the toy drive.
The toy drive is part of the Metro Police Department’s 53rd annual Christmas Basket Program, a charity drive designed to collect toys and other items for area families in need of assistance during the holidays. In addition, the Metro Police Department is assisting with USA Cares, a charity that supports wounded military veterans and their families. The Zoo’s gift shop will have a donation box set up throughout December for guests who would like to support the police department’s program. Police officers will deliver the donated toys to children on the morning of Dec. 24.
Zoo admission is not required to donate toys. Toys must be unwrapped and designed for children 12 and younger. The complimentary Zoo tickets may be used anytime during normal Zoo hours through the end of 2016.