‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Toy Drive Story

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Toy Drive Story

Posted by on November 22, 2021

As we kick off the holiday season with annual toy drives in Nashville, Franklin, and Chattanooga, we wanted to take a minute to tell the story behind the two organizations that are behind it all.

But first, here is how you can participate.

  1. Next time to head to Frothy, consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy!
  2. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Moon Taxi concert series at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/17 and 12/18.
  3. Financial Donations can be made online
    Metro Nashville Police Department Christmas Charity Baskets
    Forgotten Child Fund- Chattanooga
Learn about all of the Frothy Cheer we have planned for 2021 here!


A Toy Drive Story

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Tennessee
The Annual Toy Drive wrapped up at Frothy Monkey. 
Neighbors placed new toys in our donation boxes with care
In hopes that children would receive a bike or teddy bear
All our boxes were overflowing and stacked by the door
Our Frothy Community delivered! We couldn’t fit anymore.

Proud to be part of a neighborhood that gives so much of itself
We couldn’t wait to hand them off to MNPD Chief Elf
An officer nominates a family each year, that is where our toys go
Those selected have the greatest need, whose circumstances are lower than low.

On Christmas Eve in 1961, two officers in different cities had the same idea.

In Nashville, then Sgt. Joe Casey asked fellow officers to give up gifts. He suggested instead of exchanging gifts that night, they pool the gifts and money together to help a family.

The average officer in 1961 made around $240 per month. Today, that would be around $700. This is money that would be missed.

His fellow officers agreed, and they knew a family in town with nine children where there was a great need.

Former Chief Joe Casey
MNPD delivering Baskets.

In Chattanooga, Officer Johnny Wright and his partner were responding to a call when they came across two children who were given an apple and an orange for Christmas.

Despite bringing an overwhelming amount of food and toys to both of those families 60 years ago, both men understood it needed to be a beginning.

“Each of our recipients is nominated by a police officer, school resource officer, domestic violence counselor: somebody who knows that they are in need.”

Captain Harmon Hunsicker, MNPD
CHIEF ELF

MNPD
Christmas Charity Basket Program

In the spirit of Former Chief Joe Casey, MNPD Christmas Charity Basket Program asks their officers to nominate families they know are in need and would benefit most. Four Baskets of food and toys are delivered to nominated families and the elderly on Christmas Eve by MNPD officers. They are so intentional, each box has a number because each box is customized to fit each family’s specific needs. That thoughtfulness is what we look for in our Community Partners.

Forgotten Child Fund

Chattanooga’s Officer Johnny Wright’s legacy has become The Forgotten Child Foundation. Families fill out applications each year to be considered, and all approved families will receive a box of toys.
During the approval process, volunteers put aside applications they think deserve to be one of the 10 families are selected. They not only receive toys and food on Christmas Eve but the items are also delivered by over a mile-long “Santa Parade” of first responder vehicles. As seen in the video, they light up the entire city.

Behind the scenes look at the Forgotten Child Fund


Last year’s toy drive being canceled left many incredibly blue
This year, let’s fill up Santa’s sleigh together with ALL a neighborhood can do
Now 12 South! Now Chattanooga! Now Franklin! 
On East! On Downtown Nashville! On the Nations!
In a time that can be dark, thank you for being a light

Frothy Cheer to all, and to all
a good Toy Drive! 

We STILL Need Your Help!

  1. The next time to head to your Frothy Monkey, consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy! We have HUGE, festive boxes that are difficult to miss.
  2. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Moon Taxi concert series at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/17 and 12/18.
  3. Financial Donations can be made online
    Metro Nashville Police Department Christmas Charity Baskets
    Forgotten Child Fund- Chattanooga

Frothy Cheer for the Holidays!

Posted by on November 19, 2021

We remain humbled and grateful to celebrate this season with the neighborhoods and families we serve.
We would not be here without YOU!!

Donate Toys this Holiday Season at Frothy Monkey!

To us, “gratitude” is a verb. We believe in showing our appreciation through action. This season we partnered up with other local businesses, friends, and nonprofits to create options within our communities on how to tangibly give back.

In true 2020 fashion, last year’s toy drive was cancelled. This year the drive is on, and the need has never been so great. That’s where you come in! Help us create some childhood magic this season by bringing a new, unwrapped toy the next time you stop by. We have boxes that are big enough to fit a person (see above.) They are waiting to be filled at all 6 of our locations.

The last day of the Toy Drive is December 19th! 


Toys will be donated and distributed by Metro Police Christmas Charity Basket Program in Nashville and The Forgotten Child Foundation in Chattanooga.

Lightning 100 Concert +Toy Drive 

Share the magic of the Holidays with Moon Taxi, Brooklyn Bowl + Lightning 100 for Lightning 100’s holiday toy drive benefiting the Metro Police Christmas Charities Basket Program.

Each year Metro Nashville Police officers nominate families that are in financial distress or have recently experienced a traumatic event.

Want to help fill the baskets? Get a new, unwrapped toy and drop it off at any of the Frothy Monkey locations. OR you can make a monetary donation.

We will also be accepting new, unwrapped toys at the Lightning 100 presents Moon Taxi shows at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/17 & 12/18.

Frothy Bakery Holiday 2021 Deserts 

Pre-Order Deadline is December 18th

12p CST

Bring home nostalgia in a box this year from Frothy Monkey Bakery. Pre-Order deadline is December 18th at 12PM CST.

Shop Early!

Regular Hours
12South 7a – 8p
Nations, Chattanooga 7a – 9p
Downtown Nashville 7a – 3p
East Nashville + Franklin/ Sun – Tue 7a – 3p / Wed – Sat 7a-3p


Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving Eve & Thanksgiving Day Closed
Black Friday Open at 8a
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Closed
December 26th Brunch 8a-3p
New Years Eve 7a-3p / New Years Day Brunch 8a-3p


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