**Our numbers have changed to 1,183 homeless children and families that are in need of assistance for thanksgiving, 480 of them are still unsponsored for the holiday. We really need your help to ensure Thanksgiving for our client children and families.**

A Child’s Place reports 789 homeless children and parents will not have food for the Thanksgiving school break without the community’s help

CHARLOTTE, NC — A Child’s Place (ACP), a local nonprofit which assists homeless children attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has received requests to assist a record 1,122 homeless children and parents for Thanksgiving but has only found sponsors for 333 of them. That leaves 789 who still need holiday help. This represents an 11% increase over last year and is double the number from only three years ago.

“Homeless children receive free breakfast and lunch at school. So, when there’s a long break like the one at Thanksgiving feeding the children those additional meals puts even more pressure on homeless families’ budgets,” explains ACP Executive Director Annabelle Suddreth. “Our family sponsorship program helps ensure homeless children have enough to eat Thanksgiving Day and the rest of the days school is out.”

ACP client families live in a variety of locations, many of which lack space for food preparation and storage. With this in mind Thanksgiving sponsors are encouraged to purchase grocery store gift cards for their assigned ACP client families. This allows homeless families to purchase the ingredients that fit their cooking and storage limitations and follow their family traditions. Second Harvest assists ACP with nonperishable items for the families so the grocery store gift cards may be used for perishables. ACP family sponsors are encouraged to include a favorite holiday recipe or two of their own to add a personal touch.

“Somehow, some way, we have always been able to meet all of our client families’ needs for the holidays but demand has never been so high,” said Suddreth. “With increased support from the community this year, homeless children can have happy Thanksgiving meals and leftovers just like their classmates.”

Interested in making a difference in a homeless child’s Thanksgiving? Sign up to sponsor a family on the ACP website: http://achildsplace.org/holidaysponsorships.html

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 nearly 1,600 children during the 2009-10 school year. To learn more about A Child’s Place, a 501(c)3 public charity, or to make a donation, call 704-343-3790 or visit www.achildsplace.org.

Media Contact: Emily Arceneaux 704-343-3790

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