Nashville Probation Parole Officers Make Halloween Donation To Local Daycare
NASHVILLE – Probation Parole Officers (PPO) from the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) visited the Hart to Heart Daycare Learning Center in Nashville on Halloween to bring candy, goodies, and holiday cheer to some of Tennessee’s littlest residents. The donation, which was fully funded by PPO’s and staff in the District 40 office, is part of a larger goal to connect officers with the neighborhoods they serve.
The Probation Parole Officers delivered roughly 30 Halloween baskets to the children at the daycare, ages 6 months to 5 years, and spent time listening to a song and playing on the playground.
“My district likes to give back to the community and help,” said District 40 Director Niresha Atkins.
The office, which supervises adults sentenced to probation in Davidson County, is so committed to community outreach that Director Atkins has even formed an Event Committee, that decides on a monthly outreach activity the office can accomplish together. “They put together things to do to give back each month. It’s team building and morale boosting – they put a lot of thought into it and are very creative,” Atkins added.
“It means a lot to know we have community support, and that they [the children] can always be safe in their environment,” said Hart to Heart Director Wanda Baine.
Over the past year, officers at District 40 have donated Thanksgiving boxes to residents of a low-income housing complex, more than 18,000 bottles of water to the Nashville Rescue Mission, and stuffed animals to the Nashville Metro Police Department to comfort children in crisis.