CHARLOTTE, NC – A Child’s Place (ACP) is seeking donations of school supplies for thousands of homeless children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).

An estimated 4,922 CMS students have been identified as homeless for the upcoming school year. That is a spike of 4.5 percent from last year’s estimate of 4,711 homeless students. Many of those homeless students and their families depend on A Child’s Place to provide them with new public school uniforms, supplies, snacks, hygiene products and much more. A Child’s Place is a local nonprofit organization working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education.

“Most of the time, these children are undergoing tremendous hardships before school even starts,” said Annabelle Suddreth, ACP director. “We want to make their lives easier by providing them with school supplies and public school uniforms. This way, they can go to school and not have to worry about those things. They can focus on getting an education and making new friends.”

A Child’s Place is asking the community to get involved. The organization needs an array of items, including pens, pencils and crayons, along with notebooks, binders and folders. In addition, A Child’s Place is always in desperate need of public school uniforms, particularly pants and long-sleeve shirts, and book bags for elementary and middle school students.

Donations can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at A Child’s Place, located in Suite 230 at 601 E. Fifth St. in Charlotte. Donations of uniforms and school supplies will be most useful before school starts Aug. 27. Visit www.achildsplace.org to see the complete list of needed school supplies. In addition, A Child’s Place has a wish list registry through Walmart.com and Target.com.

About A Child’s Place
Homelessness for children isn’t just about where they lay their heads at night; it’s about where their heads are during the day at school, too.  Founded in 1989, A Child’s Place of Charlotte is working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education, reaching 2,228 homeless children during the 2011-12 school year.  In June 2012, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported 4,922 homeless students enrolled in the county’s public schools.  To learn more about A Child’s Place or to make a donation, call 704-343-3790 or visit www.achildsplace.org.

Contact: Sarah Melton, Development Associate, (704) 343-3790 ext. 9500, smelton@achildsplace.org

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