Former senator's sister donates gifts to area children's center - WKRN News 2

Former Tenn. senator's sister donates gifts to area children's center

Posted: Updated: Dec 18, 2012 06:25 PM

The Wayne Reed Christian Child Care Center received an early Christmas present on Tuesday from the sister of former Tennessee U.S. Senator Bill Frist.

Dottie Frist donated thousands of dollars of toys and clothing to ensure that all 52 children who attend the day care and their siblings have presents on Christmas morning.

"Just think all of these children will have a Christmas," Frist said. "That's the most important thing."  

According to director Patricia Newmam Horton, the childcare center is a ministry of Otter Creek Church of Christ and relies on donations throughout the year to help serve the children.

"The center serves low income families, so the majority of our families come from the J.C. Napier and Tony Sudekum Housing Projects," she explained.

In addition to Frist's generous donation, J.R. Roper of Lexus of Nashville also makes a donation to the center each year.

"We look forward all year long to Christmas at Wayne Reed Christian Child Care Center," he said, adding, "We make a donation from the dealership every year and then it's matched by the Lexus Corporation. It's our angel tree and we all pull a name of one of the kids and we get to go buy Christmas presents for them."

Frist also gave $100 Kroger gift cards to the center's 17 staff members.

"God is good, and we are blessed," Newman Horton said.

For more information on the Wayne Reed Child Care Center, visit their Web site.

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