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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Hoops and Dreams

Fundraising success

On Nov. 21, Beds for Kids partnered with The Charlotte Hornets and Ashley HomeStore for the second annual “Hoops and Dreams” event. Time Warner Cable Arena hosted 115 children and their families fora VIP tour, lunch, a basketball clinic with trainers and a dance clinic with Honey Bees.

While the children were at the arena, they found out that Beds for Kids and volunteers were delivering new beds and bedding to their homes, thanks to the generosity of local donors and Ashley HomeStore. Learn about how you can help local children in need of essential furniture items by visiting www.bedsforkids.org.

Toys for Tots

Malak Jewelers fundraiser

Malak Jewelers in the Arboretum shopping center is an official drop-off site for Toys for Tots.

Community members can drop off new, unwrapped toys, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, at the store, 8042 Providence Road, Suite 100. Toys will go to less fortunate children, Call 704-341-1188 for information. Learn about Toys for Tots at www.toysfortots.org.

Community Culinary School

Miracle on Monroe

Community Culinary School will host Miracle on Monroe, a huge culinary event 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 8 at the café, 9315-D Monroe Road.

The evening will include festive hors d’oeuvres, a holiday carving station, bakery treats, chef-driven action stations, cooking demos, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $35 available by phone, 704-375-4500, email Janis@communityculinary.org, or by visiting the café. Proceeds will benefit the workforce development and job placement program.

Meadowbranch Masonic Lodge

Breakfast with Santa

Meadowbranch Masonic Lodge will host its annual Breakfast with Santa 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 12 at 211 Stewart St., Wingate. A full breakfast is $5 and pictures with Santa are $5 for two 3-inch by 5-inch prints. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Call Scott at 704-345-3833 or email srinehults@yahoo.com for information.

Salvation Army

Magical toy drive

Piedmont EyeCare will serve as a drop off site for the Magical Toy Drive this year with both locations having drop off bins for toys that will be donated to the Salvation Army. Toys collected will be given to children who were featured in the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, but who were not sponsored by a family. Drop off new unwrapped toys at either Piedmont EyeCare location now through Dec. 15. The locations are 8811 Blakeney Professional Drive, Suite 100, and 5943 Weddington Road, Suite 104, Wesley Chapel. Details: 704-617-7455.

Kids First of the Carolinas

Toy and clothing donations needed

Local nonprofit, Kids First of the Carolinas, is collecting toys and clothes for children in need and their families, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sharon Corner’s Shopping Center, 4724 Sharon Road, next to the Original Pancake House. www.kidsfirstofthecarolinas.org or makingkids1st@gmail.com.

Volunteers needed

Kids First of the Carolinas needs volunteers beginning at 1 p.m. Dec. 19 to wrap gifts, decorate and otherwise assist in the Kids First Christmas Party, held at South Mecklenburg High School, 8900 Park Road. Community service hours are available for students and clubs. Details at www.kidsfirstofthecarolinas.org or sign up by emailing makingkids1st@gmail.com.

Common Heart

Tax preparers needed

Common Heart is seeking volunteers to be trained to provide free tax preparation for local residents in need. Free training will be 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7-10 at South Piedmont Community College, Monroe. Details at http://CommonHeart.org or volunteer by emailing Susan.Ochs@CommonHeart.org.

Learning Help Centers of Charlotte

Food and toy drive

Learning Help Centers of Charlotte provides year-round programs for children and families living in low-income apartment communities. They are seeking community members to donate food, toy and other donations for families in need. Find the list of items needed at www.lhcclt.org/angel-tree-gifting/.

Donations needed

Monetary donations are needed to fund programs such as after-school meals, literacy programs, homework and reading support and summer enrichment programs. www.lhcclt.org, 980-297-5114.

Caroline Calouche & Co.

Tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for “Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story,” an aerial arts and dance show with ticket sales supporting Caroline Calouche & Co., Charlotte’s only aerial and contemporary dance company and school. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to inspiring people of diverse backgrounds to explore beyond their boundaries through performance and education. Clara’s Trip, based on “The Nutcracker,” will be performed 7 p.m. Dec. 11, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon, in Founders Hall. www.carolinecalouche.org. Ticket prices vary based on seating preference.

York County Library

Food for Fines

York County Libraries are collecting “Food for Fines” through Dec. 31 to encourage the return of overdue library materials while giving back to the community. The program will allow library users to pay off fines for overdue materials with nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. For each item donated, $1 will be credited to outstanding fines (excluding the cost of lost or damaged materials). Donated items will go to York County area food banks. www.yclibrary.org.

Lupus Foundation of America

30 for 30 Challenge Grant

The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter, is launching a “30 for 30” Challenge Grant to raise $30,000 for its 30th anniversary. A group of current and past leaders have pledged $15,000 to the LFANC’s 2016 annual fund campaign. Donations that the LFANC receives between now and Dec. 31 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000 for a grand total of $30,000. The organization is 100 percent locally funded and that money supports their national research program. Donate online at http://lupusnc.kintera.org/onlinedonationform or by phone at 877-849-8271.

Levine Children’s Hospital

Gingerbread Lane fundraiser

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will display its annual collection of gingerbread creations Dec. 10-27 at the hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Attendees can vote on their favorite entries with a $1 minimum donation per vote with proceeds benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital.

Cookies for a Cause

Stockings of Hope

Help Cookies for a Cause fulfill their mission of stuffing 1,000 holiday stockings full of new gifts and useful essentials to cheer homeless children in the Greater Charlotte area. Each stocking costs approximately $15 to produce. Make a monetary donation at www.cookies4acause.org/Stockings_of_Hope.html or drop off items by emailing info@cookies4acause.org. A list of items needed is available on the website.

NAMI Piedmont Tri-County

Free educational program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Piedmont Tri-County will hold a free 11-class course on information about mood disorders, panic disorders, personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and other mental illnesses.

The class is intended for family members who serve as caregivers for people with these disorders. The class will begin Jan. 9 and will be held at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C. Preregistration is required and the class is limited to 20 people. Call 803-610-8174 or email namiptc@gmail.com to register or learn more.

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