CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The American Bus Association wrapped up its convention in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon but left a major gift behind to help the community.

“The ABA blew us away with this check,” said Annabelle Suddreth, Executive Director of A Child’s Place.

The ABA handed over a check for $40,000 for A Child’s Place, the only non-profit agency devoted to helping homeless children in Charlotte.

While conventions come and go in the Queen City, the ABA likes to leave something behind.

“This is our little way of giving back. We chose A Child’s Place after considering a number of non-profit organizations. We think this is a good fit for what we want to do,” said Peter Pantuso, the President and CEO of the ABA.

The ABA is the trade group for motorcoach owners and tour companies. Each year the group picks a local non-profit and has now raised more than $240,000 to help groups across the United States.

For A Child’s Place, Suddreth said the money means funding a team to work with homeless kids in Charlotte schools.

Suddreth said that would mean, “Making sure we are watching out for them. Making sure that they have everything they need to be successful in school.”

In addition to the money, A Child’s Place gets to spread its’ message to the more than 3,000 delegates who will now take that message home with them.

“So not only have they helped the homeless children of Charlotte, they have helped homeless children nationwide,” Suddreth said.

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