CHARLOTTE, N.C. –4,453 homeless Charlotte – Mecklenburg students have been identified so far.  That’s an increase of more than 1000 students from last year’s number. Organizers are worried if the homeless students don’t get the help they need, they will drop out of school.

“For every year a child progresses through school,” Executive Director of A Child’s Place Annabelle Suddreth said.  “The probability of being poor and homeless as an adult decreases, so you can say education is a prevention to homelessness.”

A Child’s Place is CMS’ only partner to help end homelessness. The organization wants the community to step in.

“Everyone can do something to help,” Suddreth said.  “Whether it’s sponsoring a family during the holidays or volunteering as a lunch buddy or tutoring for an hour a week makes a huge impact.”

Tuesday families showed up at A Child’s Place to receive groceries for the Thanksgiving holiday. Organizers say support for the homeless is down this year compared to this time last year.

Many hope that will change.

If you would like to help call A Child’s Place at 704-343-3790 or log on to www.achildsplace.org.

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Dedrick Russell, Reporter

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