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NASHVILLE, TENN. - Tennessee State University in cooperation with the Martha O’Bryan Center of Nashville helped grant Christmas wishes for numerous families on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Gentry Center. 

A meal was provided before the men's basketball game between TSU and South Carolina-Upstate and gifts were presented after the game.

The Martha O’Bryan Center (MOBC) was founded in 1894 and began operating at its current site in Cayce Place of East Nashville in 1948.

"To be able to make a difference in the lives of others is a true blessing and something that we will continue to do, just not during the holidays," Athletics Director Teresa Phillips said.  "I would like to thank the entire athletic department for their generosity during the holiday season,”

Since 1894, the Martha O’Bryan Center has provided resources to individuals and families, empowering them to achieve independence and success. They believe that communities are healthiest when parents are working and children are succeeding in schools. Thanks to their supporters, volunteers, partners and the families they serve, they are changing the expectations of achievement and engagement for all in East Nashville.

Currently, Martha O'Bryan Center serves primarily children, youth, and families living in and around Cayce Place, Nashville's oldest and largest public housing development. It is also one of the poorest, with an average annual household income of $6,175. Cayce Place comprises 710 rental units with 2,400 residents crowded onto 63 acres. 88% of the population is African American; 89% of households are headed by a single woman; 59% of the residents are children under the age of 18


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