When you step into Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, in Hendersonville, the first thing you notice is the warm glow coming off of the wood burning oven. However, the warmth generated by the oven is nothing in comparison with the warm hearts of the staff: their generosity and compassion will help to ensure that a number of Sumner County children wake up to presents under the tree this Christmas morning. Brixx Wood Fired Pizza is partnering with Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency to help brighten Christmas for low-income children in Sumner County by offering customers a deal too good to pass up: simply bring in a new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more, and receive a free appetizer with your meal.
When asked why Brixx wanted to partner with a local help agency for a Holiday Toy Drive, Melody Vanson, General Manager, said that giving to the community is just part of who they are. “Brixx is very family orientated and believe no child should do without. We are all about family and kids and the community” said Vanson. She also went on to say that her staff is super excited about collecting toys. “Everybody that works at Brixx was so on board with doing this for the children. They are the best staff in Hendersonville” Vanson stated. The Brixx team had a mission for this Christmas; they now only needed to find a local agency to work with.
Layla Furlough, Assistant Manager of Brixx, began with a simple Google search. Soon, she came across the MCCAA website, and liked what she saw. “There were pictures of kids with Santa, and the staff holding toys. That’s what we wanted, to donate to a place that we could know what happens with the toys that we collect” said Furlough. After a phone call, and a few emails the plan was in place. The toys collected by Brixx will be made available to low-income families at the “Last Minute Toy Store”, a collaborative effort between MCCAA, Bledsoe Baptist Church Association, Toy’s for Tots, the Gallatin Shalom Zone, and the First United Methodist Church.
Kevin Davenport, Executive Director for MCCAA, welcomes the generous efforts of the Brixx staff. “Christmas can be such a stressful time for families already struggling to make ends meet: children know nothing of utility bills and rent, they only know that its Christmas. Thanks to the generosity of our partners, like Brixx Pizza, children from the families we serve will have gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning” said Davenport.
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza will collect toys for Sumner county children until Sunday December 15, 2013.
For more information on the Last Minute Toy Store, please contact the Sumner County MCCAA outreach office. 615-452-7570.