Employees at News 2 are rolling up their sleeves on Thursday and Friday to work at a local nonprofit that helps families of cancer patients.
Our station is participating in Nexstar Media Group’s Founder’s Day of Caring Program.
The program was created by CEO, Perry Sook, three years ago to celebrate the company’s anniversary. Nexstar was founded 22 years ago in 1996.
Each of Nexstar’s 171 TV stations will be taking time out this week to partner with local charities. The goal is to inspire viewers all over the country to help give back as well.
News 2 is partnering with American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
The Hope Lodge truly is the embodiment of hope. It gives cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay during treatments. There are currently 30 Hope Lodge locations throughout the country.
One of them is right in our own backyard. Nashville’s lodge is located at 2008 Charlotte Avenue.
It is a home away from home offering 41 guest rooms with private bath and television, washer and dryer, a fully equipped kitchen and more.
Hope Lodge director, Michele Ryan, tells News 2 they are at full capacity this week. They are taking in 82 patients and caregivers, and most of them are traveling from out of town.
All services provided at the Hope Lodge are at no cost to the patients, and that’s in large part because of generous community donations.
Last year, News 2 partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to fight hunger at home. Volunteers at Second Harvest sorted and packaged more than 9,000 pounds of frozen food, creating more than 7,000 meals in two days.