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"I have 5 kids on my own, and my daughter has 2 kids, I adopted my sister's twin boys, I've had them since they were born, then I just got my sister's 2 kids, so there's a lot of us," says Baker.
Deliveries like this only happen after months of work.
"You're going to make a lot of children and a lot of families happy today," says Michele Donegan.
Before the dawn, hundreds of volunteers gathered into an undisclosed location in West Nashville to prepare baskets of holiday cheer, each one loaded with plenty of food for a Christmas dinner and beyond. Plus, teddy bears and toys for under the tree. All of it donated.
"Just kept growing, growing and growing," says Joe Casey.
Joe Casey is the former Metro Police Chief who started the program over 50 years ago.
"It's amazing how far it's come, never thought when we started out with a couple of baskets and a couple of families that it would grow to as far as it has," says Casey.
"This is an opportunity for us to be there to share in good will, to show that we're the police and we want to help our community, that what we're about, we're public servants," says Donegan.
Hermitage Commander Michele Donegan is Chief Elf of the operation. She says all the work is well worth it.
"When you drop those baskets and those toys off and have that momma or that grandmother hug you with tears in their eyes, that's what it's all about, it's so addictive, you can't wait for next year to do it again," says Donegan.
This year's Christmas Basket Program served 235 families and gave toys to over 500 children.
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Trial begins in international custody case
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By SHEILA BURKE Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A trial begins Tuesday that could determine which country will decide the fate of 13-year-old twin boys at the center of an international custody battle that extends from Eastern Europe to Middle Tennessee.
The boys are American citizens who were born in Texas but have spent the majority of their lives in Hungary. Their father is an American citizen with family in the Cottontown community of Sumner County. Their mother, a Romanian national, has invoked an international treaty claiming the children are being wrongfully retained in Tennessee by their father.
The boys came to Tennessee last year to visit their paternal grandparents in Sumner County for the summer. The father, who was supposed to bring them back to Europe, stayed in the U.S. and filed for divorce.
Asia stocks fall
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets fell today as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve to telegraph what it plans to do next with its economic stimulus program.
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By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A smartphone, plus a not-so-smart criminal -- equals an arrest in Oregon.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington University students will soon be walking all over the White House and the Capitol, too.