Take a tag from Cabarrus County employees’ wish trees

Through Cabarrus County Helping Hearts and Hands (Ch3), a charity run by county employees, the community can make a holiday wish a reality by taking a tag from a Wendy Gainey Memorial Christmas Tree.

Each tag on a Wendy Gainey Tree represents a local holiday wish waiting to be granted.

The gifts will go to children, individuals in group homes, seniors, veterans and others who are served by Cabarrus County’s human service agencies.

Just before Christmas, Ch3 volunteers will deliver the gifts to the agencies.

Formerly called the Ch3 Helping Hands Tree, the program was renamed in 2011 to honor the memory of Wendy Gainey, a county employee who was passionate about giving back to the community.

Those who want to provide gifts may select a gift tag from a Christmas tree at one of the following locations:

The back of the tag provides information about the individual and/or specific gift needs.

List your name, address and telephone number by the ID number found on the signup sheet on the table beside the tree. Go shopping and purchase your choice of items from the list. Label gifts with the ID number on the gift tag.

Return unwrapped gifts by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at the location where you selected the gift tag.

For information, call Laura Hatley at 704-920-2568 or visit Cabarrus County Helping Hearts and Hands