Give Back This Holiday Season


The First Lady’s initiative, Tennessee Serves, works to mobilize Tennesseans to serve their neighbors and highlight nonprofits doing transformative work across the state. In partnership with Tennessee Serves, the Governor and First Lady invite guests to participate in giving back during the holiday season by bringing requested items to support the work of five nonprofits across the state. The five nonprofits serve diverse groups of Tennesseans and represent each Grand Division.

Guests are encouraged to bring items to donate from the nonprofits' lists provided below. Donated items will be collected at the start of each tour and placed under Christmas trees in Conservation Hall that have been decorated to represent each nonprofit.

Please note: Donations are NOT required to attend. Items should NOT be wrapped, and monetary donations CANNOT be accepted.


West Tennessee

Mid-South Food Bank

Collected items will benefit families facing food insecurity

• Canned tuna, chicken

• Canned vegetables

• Peanut butter

• Rice

• Instant potatoes

• Macaroni & cheese

• Soups


Birth Choice

Collected items will support pregnant women, mothers and babies in need

• Baby toiletries

• Baby towels

• Pacifiers

• Diapers, wipes

• Bottles

• Small hand-held toys and teethers

• Infant onesies, pajamas, and socks sized 0-6 months

• Maternity clothing

• New pack n’ plays

• New infant car seats

• Baby safety items: outlet covers, corner covers, cabinet door locks, etc.


Middle Tennessee

My Friend’s House

Collected items will benefit teenage boys in the foster care system

• Toilet paper, paper towels

• Paper plates, cups, plastic utensils

• Men’s shampoo, conditioner, body wash

• Men’s ethnic shampoo, conditioner, body wash

• Men’s deodorant

• Antibacterial hand soap

• Dawn or Palmolive dish soap

• Laundry detergent

• Twin bed sheets, mattress protectors


East Tennessee

Mission of Hope

Collected items will serve low-income families and meet community needs in rural Appalachia

• New adult clothing (coats, jeans, shirts, underwear, etc.)

• New children’s clothing (coats, jeans, shirts, underwear, etc.)

• New toys/gifts for students in PreK- 8th grades ($15-$25 suggested value)


Boys and Girls Clubs of Chattanooga

Collected items will help empower students to succeed

• Children’s books for grades K-5

• Holiday books for grades K-5