Show airs Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, at 12:30 p.m. on WTVI;
Salvation Army and A Child’s Place Guests Share Simple Ways to Give Back

Nov. 20, 2012, CHARLOTTE, NC – In this time of thanksgiving, “United Way & You” addresses the topic of giving thanks through seasonal volunteerism.

Guests Shelley Henderson of Salvation Army and Aimee Brunton of A Child’s Place discuss why the holidays can be the hardest time of year for those in need, then share some easy-yet-meaningful ways that viewers can give back. The show airs this Sunday, Nov. 25, at 12:30 p.m. on WTVI PBS Charlotte (Ch. 42.1).

United Way & You, a monthly roundtable conversation on WTVI, focuses on how lives are changed when the community cares.  The show is hosted each month by Anne McNeill, a United Way volunteer and manager of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs for IBM.

Henderson and Brunton look back at what volunteers recently accomplished leading up to Thanksgiving, then look ahead to the big holiday crunch, particularly a local tradition going back to 1979, the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau – this year renamed the Salvation Army Christmas Joy Center.  At its peak in December, the Center will provide gifts to 15 vulnerable families every 15 minutes.  A Child’s Place will serve 1,167 homeless individuals this holiday season.

Those interested in seasonal volunteerism can learn more at www.uwcentralcarolinas.org or by clicking here to go directly to a list of holiday opportunities.

The National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend an average of $749.51 on gifts, cards and more in the coming month. As winter approaches, United Way encourages you to consider those most in need during your holiday giving.

In its current fundraising campaign, United Way is facing a $1 million shortfall in 2013 funding for Salvation Army, A Child’s Place and 85 other local health and human service agencies – those who are able to give back through financial donations may do so at www.uwcentralcarolinas.org/give or by calling (704) 372-7170 to receive a pledge form in the mail.

About United Way of Central Carolinas
United Way of Central Carolinas focuses on three vital areas: Children & Youth; Housing & Stability; and Health & Mental Health.  Through its 87 partner health and human services agencies, United Way creates long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of problems, working in Anson, Cabarrus, Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Mooresville/Lake Norman and Union.  To get help, or learn how you can help, call United Way’s 211 hotline, or for more details, please visit www.uwcentralcarolinas.org

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 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.

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