CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte charity is fighting the growing problem of homeless children, and the need is greater than ever.

About 3,000 students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools sleep in shelters, motels, vehicles or on the streets every night.

At least 40 of them go to Bruns Avenue Elementary in West Charlotte.

Principal Steve Hall said, “They’re not proud about it. They’re not looking for a handout and a quick way to get some public support. Many of them keep it utterly private.”

CMS leaders speak highly of one nonprofit organization in particular, A Child’s Place. The group helps families with big things like health care, food and housing as well as everyday items like toiletries.

Executive Director Annabelle Suddreth estimates that the population in need has grown by 25 percent this year, and donations to A Child’s Place have dropped by $200,000, about 20 percent.

She is reaching out to the community now, hoping the nonprofit can raise $50,000 needed to fill empty supply shelves.

“It’s not like we’re asking for iPods. We’re asking for basic supplies and needs that help a child,” she said.

CMS spends millions on homeless students as well but is faced with major cuts of its own.

If you would like to support A Child’s Place, click here or call 704-343-3790.

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