Scott Davis truly believes in the holiday spirit of giving. Each year the 5th district Metro councilman and several community-minded colleagues give back to their community in tangible and deeply appreciated ways. Several events over the week before Christmas were carried out to help brighten the spirits and enrich the lives of the residents of his East Nashville community.
“It’s just the right thing to do,” said Davis. “God has always called us to help those who are less fortunate than us.”
Christmas came early at the McFerrin Park Community Center on Dec. 23. Thanks to the hard work of councilman Davis, his family and colleagues, and the contributions of the Dollar General stores, toys and books were presented to dozens and dozens of children.
The event was the 18th year for Marcus Ellis to work his magic at a middle Tennessee community center. Ellis started out almost two decades ago by organizing a Christmas event of youth at the center in Springfield. He subsequently moved it to Nashville for centers at Watkins Park, Hartman Park, Edgehill, and Coleman Park before joining forces with councilman Davis and the staff at McFerrin Park a few years ago.
Ronald Ellis, known to many as DJ Doc, and the brother of Marcus, provided music. Games were played, most notably musical chairs to DJ Doc’s music. Bouncy Houses were enjoyed, along with ballooon animals and other activities. Families received special full bags of toys and gifts. Subway sandwiches with chips, juice boxes, and fruit were served.
Davis attributed the success of the giveaways to the hard work and efforts of his friends and colleagues, the staff of McFerrin Park, and numerous volunteers.
Dressed as penguins, to the delight of the youth, Janaye, Lancaster, Liz, Natalie, and Sarah from Small World Yoga provided face painting for them. Special assistance and clothing donations were provide by members of Mt. Ararat Masonic Lodge #5 Benson Wright and Terrence Tuck.
Volunteers James Hayden, Geraldine Davis, Tiwana Mason, Maxine Williamson, felicia Young-Thompson and Faye Rosell worked with park center staffers Carlos Cook, Kim McBee, Keith Webb, and Rodny Jenkins to keep things going smoothly providing the entertainment, the food and the presents to the youth of the East Nashville community and their familes. Pastor Riley Walker took photos that were provided to participants and attendees free of charge.
The previous day, Thursday, Dec. 22, Davis and company had been out in force, delivering Christmas dinner baskets to specially designated senior citizens and/or families.
“With the help of a lot of my friends and neighbors, we are giving out to our seniors and large needy families their Christmas dinner,” Davis said.
“We wanted to go a little healthier, thanks to our great advertisers, like Kroger.”
Each recipient’s basket came complete with a huge free-range turkey, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, green beans, dinner rolls, and a 12-pack of sodas to wash it all down.
From fixing homes to providing presents under Christmas trees Councilman Scott Davis consistently provides for his District five community.