A free breakfast will be served to active members and veterans of military service in La Vergne this weekend. On Saturday, May 9 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., military personnel, as well as people serving in emergency services, are invited to the La Vergne Senior Center at 337 Stones River Road for a breakfast hosted by Meg's Playhouse and Preschool.
"After watching the police department and fire department collect and give out food at Christmas this past year, I realized the enormity of what they do for our community," said Debbie Reyes, owner of Meg's Playhouse and Preschool. "It just got to me. Yes they care about our safety, but they also care about and act on the well-being of at-risk children and families. I respect that so much, so I wanted to give back and to say thank you to them."
During the holidays, emergency personnel collect and distribute food and toys for needy families and senior citizens in La Vergne. Donations may be made at the Police Department throughout the year for the "Christmas for Children and Seniors" program. In 2014, over 200 children and nearly 100 families received groceries for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"It is good that our emergency services staff will be recognized," said Mayor Dennis Waldron. "I encourage all of our citizens to get to know our police officers and firefighters, as well as other community volunteers that help with emergency services."
The breakfast takes place in conjunction with Armed Forces Day, International Firefighters Week, and National Police Week. Local businesses that donated items for the breakfast include: Taylor Farms, Campbell Towing, Meg's Playhouse and Preschool, and Palmer Foodservice.