Help Oasis Center Make Christmas a Little Merrier for Struggling Nashvillians



The holidays are upon us once again, and while it's a wonderful time to celebrate with our families, it's also important to remember those less fortunate than us. And though the saying "It's better to give than receive" may sound cliché, it's as true as ever. There's nothing that can match the warm feeling you get when you know you've done something to help make the holidays a little brighter for struggling families and individuals.

It's no secret that we are big fans of the Oasis Center, which offers a variety of different programs "to help young people overcome serious challenges that prevent them from transitioning into a healthy adulthood." In fact, we like it so much that we selected Oasis Center co-founders Hal Cato and Roger Dinwiddie as our 2009 Nashvillians of the Year.

The Oasis Center is currently running its "Adopt-a-Family" campaign to help put groceries, clothes and gifts on the tables of struggling Nashvillians this holiday season. There are a few ways that you can help:

• You can simply go to the Oasis Center's website and click the DONATE NOW link. In the "Comments" section, simply type "Adopt-a-Family" and make your donation;

• Write a check — or buy gift cards to Kroger, Walmart or Target — and mail or deliver them to:

Oasis Center
Attn: Andrew Suitter/Adopt-a-Family
1704 Charlotte Ave Suite 200
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

• If you'd like to be matched with a family or individual at Oasis Center's residential program, and to shop for gifts for them, contact Andrew at (615) 327-4455 or

Donate! You'll be glad you did.

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