On Christmas Eve, Metro police officers delivered baskets of toys and groceries to over 300 families in need as part of the 51st anniversary of the Metro Christmas basket program. Metro Christmas Basket Charities, Inc. is a non-profit charity that raises money, collects, toys, and delivers grocery items to select families during the holidays. Volunteers and officers organized several grocery items into baskets Monday at the Old Tennessee State Prison in west Nashville and spent the morning distributing them to several deserving families. "We just enjoy doing it and I get my family involved," Officer James Laster explained. Families who receive the items are chosen at the recommendation of police officers who come into contact with them during the year."A lot of times when you're out on the streets, and you're out on those calls [and] in the community and you see somebody who's really in need," Laster said. The event has seen significant growth since it began in 1961 when they delivered to just two families. The organization now delivers to over 300 families.
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