La Vergne community discovers holiday heroes - WKRN News 2

La Vergne community discovers holiday heroes

Debbie Reyes Debbie Reyes
Officer Sheree Robertson, Debbie Reyes Officer Sheree Robertson, Debbie Reyes
LA VERGNE, Tenn. -

When the winter weather forced cities to cancel their Christmas parades earlier this month, the city of La Vergne forged ahead and created some holiday heroes in the process.

Cold temperatures and a threat of freezing rain couldn't stop the La Vergne Parade of Lights and little ones from Meg's playhouse and pre-school from riding on a float.

"We were out the Friday night before looking for a float," said Debbie Reyes, Pre-school owner.

Three days of rain before the parade made it impossible for Reyes to use her original float, but the city's parks and recreation department donated a trailer and Lowe's home improvement store provided a generator.

"We put a fireplace in there, and put some kids on there, mother and father, and that was Christmas Morning in La Vergne," said Reyes.

Not only was the scene warm and cozy, but the judges awarded the float with first place.

Debbie Reyes won a big trophy for bragging rights and a cash prize of $300. She knew exactly how to spend the money.

Reyes said, "We had 175 children that needed toys and food and I said what do I need to do?"

Officer Sheree Robertson had the answer. She collects donations for the city's Children's and Seniors Christmas fund at City Hall.

"Right now we're looking at providing food boxes for approximately 80 families and we're helping 175 children in our community have a good Christmas and have a smile on Christmas morning," said Officer Robertson.

"We also got the children together to bring in some more presents from home and they went down there," said Reyes.

The youngest holiday heroes added their gifts to a room at City Hall filled with toys. The gifts will be delivered to needy families before Christmas.

If you would like to donate to the Children's and Seniors Christmas fund the La Vergne Police Department will accept donations through this weekend.

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