MNPD Christmas Basket program

Photo courtesy of Facebook/Metro Police Christmas Charities

The Metro Nashville Police Department’s mounted patrol will host a toy drive at the Nashville Zoo for its Christmas Basket program. In exchange, the zoo is offering a complimentary admission ticket for every new toy donated (up to two tickets per person).

Police will be onsite 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16, in the zoo's parking lot, located at 3777 Nolensville Pike.

The annual charity drive, which collected more than 600 baskets in 2017, is established for local families in need of assistance during the holidays. If you don't have a toy in hand but would like to participate, the zoo will have a selection of purchasable toys nearby.

What to know

Toys must be unwrapped and designed for children 12 and younger. Police officers will deliver the donated toys to children on the morning of Dec. 24.

While at the toy drive, children are invited to drop off letters to Santa Claus for North Pole delivery. Horses from the Mounted Patrol Division will also be available for guests to meet.

When can I use the free ticket(s)?

The complimentary tickets may be used anytime during business hours through the end of 2019. Guests must be present to receive complimentary admission tickets.

The zoo is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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