This Time Last Year - I wrote this. 1 year later, we are up to 175 kids and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve with you all!
Written By Lindsey Langley
on December 2, 2014:
I have received a few inquiries about what the Katie Hill Toy drive is about and how they can help. Nothing makes me happier than talking about Katie Hill, our community, and the families that live around me. So if you would ever like to read more in detail, you can always Click here . Here is why I do what I do... in a quick nutshell, and why I NEED YOUR HELP.
My name is Lindsey Langley, many call me Lynclair.. I moved to Katie Hill in April of 2013. We are located just 1.5 miles Northeast of downtown Nashville. Most will recognize us from the "Fern Avenue Bridge Overpass" ( Where 65N and 24N merge headed north) while the newcasters always discuss the heavy traffic flow AMs and PMs ..... with the stunning Nashville skyline in the background. When I first moved here, I chose this place for the beautiful views of downtown Nashville and my gorgeous home. As I moved in, I also became aware of my surroundings and the fact that a majority of the homes and families were very modest and most families and many single moms were just doing what they could to provide for their families and their children. I also made an effort to get to know the families personally and as December of last year approached, I decided I wanted to do something for the families of Katie Hill. With the help of many friends and families, we were able to provide Christmas presents and basic necessities to around 38 kids and 15 families. As the fall approached this year, I decided it would be great to do a school supply drive. Not just your normal school supply drive, but i went as far as getting school and grade specific lists for 70 children and made sure they had everything they needed when they walked into school the first day. We also celebrated with a back to school party and a Nashville Night Out Against Crime with the help of Metro Police and Fire as well as Mayor Karl Dean's Office of Neighborhoods. The families were overwhelmed with gratitude and it was a wonderful night of community here on Katie Hill.
As Nashville grows, many communities are becoming gentrified and the families that live in inner cities neighborhood are quite frankly having to go somewhere else because they can't afford to live there anymore, or many of the properties are just not well taken care of and they are still paying quite a bit in rent. I certainly am not super woman and can't stop everything I don't agree with, but I can continue to help those in need and be an example. Gentrification is a different topic in which you can read on my blog, but for the sake of why I am writing this and doing a toy drive for Katie Hill, I want you to know that I fully believe a community is a group of people living together in the same area in which the race age or income of its residents are not whats important. What IS important is that we all come together with the common goal of fellowship, provide a safe environment for all residents, good education,, basic necessities, and opportunities for our children to learn and grow . Katie Hill is home to me, and I am blessed to have a network of wonderful people willing to reach out and help these children and families have a Merry Christmas this holiday season. Tis The Season For Giving ( and the rest of the seasons are too, but just sayinnnn :-)
If you are interested in adopting a child, we have around 65 kids this year, and around 30 families that are requesting assistance. There is not price limit on what you should spend, but I am telling most people to focus on the necessities and then go to the toys. By necessities i mean, clothing, coats, socks, shoes, and educational toys, then go for the fun stuff if you wish. I would say most spent anywhere for $150-200 last year per child. Please fill out the form on the following blog post or just click here and I will contact you shortly. I will accept monetary donations but adopting a child would make my life easier. I will already be shopping like a crazy woman for fillers and for any extras that are missing out on certain items. ( Last year It was around $5k spent on fillers ( socks, undies, etc.) Thank you so much and lots of Katie Hill Love this holiday season! Below are also some pictures from the 2013 Toy Drive.
PS.... Words To Live By: Your job is not to judge. Your job is not to figure out if someone deserves something. Your job is to lift the fallen, to restore the broken, and heal the hurting. Each of us has the ability to change lives regardless of our own personal situations. You can also start by picking up a piece of litter....but that's a whole nother topic too :-)