Free toy store in Nashville gives families the dignity of choice while shopping for holiday gifts

La’Delegant Hartsfield, left, and Stephanie Brodie, right, shop at The Toy Store, a free-referral based toy store, Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When country music star Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, helped create a free grocery store in Nashville, Tennessee, their goal was to give families in need the ability to choose their own food in a place that felt like a normal store.