WHO: A Child’s Place (ACP) and our clients: homeless families with children attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)

WHAT: Holiday Central involves hundreds of volunteers and staff members from A Child’s Place who come together to transform an empty building into a festive space filled with lots of cheer, new gifts and other items! Members of the Charlotte community sponsor client families from A Child’s Place for the holidays and drop the items off at Holiday Central. Holiday Central may only last nine days, but the experience is unforgettable – not only for client families, but for all of the volunteers, sponsors and staff members that work together to make it happen.

WHERE: To protect the privacy of client families, A Child’s Place does not publish the location or times of Holiday Central.

WHEN: Dec. 9-13 and Dec. 16-19

WHY: For most people, the holidays involve putting up festive decorations, unwrapping presents and devouring a traditional feast. Client families of A Child’s Place have a different experience. There is no home to decorate, nowhere to cook and no money to buy presents. Sponsorship of a client family for A Child’s Place involves:

  1. purchasing grocery store gift cards to ensure client children and their families have food on the table while school is out
  2. buying items from the client family’s wish list so they can have the same happy holiday memories as everyone else

This year, A Child’s Place fulfilled its holiday sponsorship needs in record-setting time, with all 364 client families – 1,280 individuals – adopted by 198 sponsors before Thanksgiving Day.

CONTACT: Media outlets interested in covering Holiday Central should contact Diosa Adams, Philanthropy Associate for Communication, for more information or to arrange an interview with a representative from A Child’s Place. Diosa can be reached at 704-943-9500 or dadams@achildsplace.org.

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