Tennesseans planning on visiting the Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) before the new year are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help those in need.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (TDOSHS) Driver Services division encourages Tennesseans to show their “volunteer spirit” through the end of the year by bringing non-perishable food items to any DMV in the state. The items received by each DMV will then be donated to local food banks and organizations to help families in need across the Volunteer State.
“Kindness is a gift we can share with one another,” Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long said in a statement. “Let’s do the right thing and help feed our fellow Tennesseans.”
Each DMV location across the state will have a donation bin set up through December 30th.
Keep those donations coming! Now through December 30th, Driver Services Centers are collecting unexpired, non-perishable food items to deliver to food banks & organizations across Tennessee! We recently delivered donated food to Matthew 25:40! pic.twitter.com/9pnUcGvBDJ
— TN Dept. of Safety (@TNDeptofSafety) December 20, 2022
Tennessee’s Driver Services is partnering with Donate Life Tennessee, Tennessee Donor Services, and Mid-South Transplant Foundation in the “Keeping Tummies and Hearts Full of Love Winter Food Drive.”
“Driver Services staff show compassion to their community members every day as they advocate for saving lives through organ and tissue donation,” Donate Life Tennessee added in a statement. “It’s not surprising they wish to bring a little more comfort to their communities this holiday season. We’re thrilled to support this holiday food drive.”
Michael Hogan, assistant commissioner of Driver Services, added in a statement to WKRN News 2 that he hoped the food drive would help lessen negative feelings many associates with DMVs.
Hogan added that approximately 5,000 people visit DMVs across Tennessee every day. When considering if that many people brought in one food item, “that’s a lot of food that could help a lot of needy families,” Hogan told WKRN.
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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.
Photo “Canned Goods” by Virginia State Parks. CC BY 2.0.