CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In a dusty warehouse in Uptown Charlotte paper and bows are everywhere; volunteers are wrapping Christmas presents and each one will go to a homeless child in the Charlotte area.
“We call this our Holiday Central,” said Annabelle Suddreth, the Executive Director of A Child’s Place, a non-profit organization that helps homeless children.
Each year, the group asks for donations of toys, clothes and food for homeless families and their kids.
The gifts are gathered at a rented warehouse and volunteers take shifts wrapping them.
An SUV pulled up at the loading dock with books and games donated by a group of women at the Myers Park Baptist Church.
“Things that families could use together to interact, as well as books for the kids,” explained Sidney Lockaby as she unloaded the gifts.
Inside, volunteers from Elevation Church were wrapping.
Holly Furtick, wife of Pastor Steven Furtick said, “The people who provided these gifts, they are not trinket-type, dollar store toys. These are like nice toys for kids who may not get any other gift all year.”
At the next table over are volunteers from the Huntersville office of Keller Williams Realty.
“Nobody wants to have a kid wake up on Christmas morning and have nothing,” said Sherry Wooten of Keller Williams.
The volunteers will never get to see the face of the boy or girl who will get the gifts that they have wrapped, because the identity of the homeless kids and their families is kept private.
But there is no less of a sense of satisfaction for the volunteers.
“They have in their mind who the name on the paper, is or whose name is going on the gift, and they have in mind that this child’s wish is coming true and they are somehow a small part of that,” Suddreth said.
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From WCNC, Dec. 10, 2013
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