South Charlotte

Raising funds for charities

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Safe Alliance

Matching grant from Verizon

Safe Alliance, a Charlotte-based agency that works to curb domestic violence, was awarded a $10,000 matching grant from Verizon’s HopeLine program Dec. 4.

The match follows a month-long campaign in November in which Verizon asked the community to donate to Safe Alliance. Verizon matched those donations dollar-for-dollar.

“Nearly all of us know someone affected by domestic violence, and Safe Alliance depends on the community so we can provide top-level support and prevention services to victims and their loved ones,” said Karen Parker, president and CEO of Safe Alliance. “We thank Verizon for driving this campaign that resulted in over $20,000 to bolster our programs ahead of the Holiday season.”

Learn more about Safe Alliance at www.safealliance.org or by calling 704-332-9034.

David Shannon Memorial 5K

Myers Park High School

The fourth annual 5K in Memory of David Shannon will be Dec. 19, starting at 10 a.m.

David was a 2012 Myers Park High graduate who who went on to attend UNC Chapel Hill. He died tragically in October of his freshman year. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund that has been set up in his name.

The 5Kt will be on the Myers Park High School Cross Country course, on the practice field directly adjacent to the tennis courts.

Details: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Charlotte/3rdAnnual5KinmemoryofDavidShannon#.Vlz1E8Bj-K0.facebook

Giving Tree Charities

Community toy drive

Giving Tree Charities, a nonprofit established by Giving Tree Realty, is holding a toy drive through Dec. 19 to benefit Toys for Our Troops. Toys can be dropped off at the Giving Tree Realty office, 1819 East Blvd.; Hendrick City Chevrolet, 5101 E. Independence Blvd.; and Grease Monkey, 9920 Pineville-Matthews Road, Pineville and 14935 Brown Mill Road, Huntersville.

On Dec. 19, children with parents who are deployed, or children with a parent who was injured or killed in the military, will be invited to McGlohon Theatre for a Christmas carnival, lunch and a visit from Santa bringing gifts for each child. To learn more about the Giving Tree Charities, become a corporate sponsor or volunteer, call 980-404-9474 or email tosyforourtroops@givingtreerealty.com.

Toys for Tots

Malak Jewelers fundraiser

Malak Jewelers in the Arboretum shopping center has become an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots. Community members may drop off new, unwrapped toys 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the store, 8042 Providence Road, Suite 100. The toys will go to less-fortunate children. Call 704-341-1188 for more information. Learn more about Toys for Tots at www.toysfortots.org.

Salvation Army

Magical toy drive

Piedmont EyeCare will serve as a drop off location 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 through Dec. 15. The locations are 8811 Blakeney Professional Drive4, Suite 100, and 5943 Weddington Road, Suite 104, Wesley Chapel. For more information, call 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, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sharon Corner’s Shopping Center, 4724 Sharon Road, next to the Original Pancake House. Last year, over 1,000 individuals were touched by the generosity of this community. Learn more at www.kidsfirstofthecarolinas.org or by emailing 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. Learn more at www.kidsfirstofthecarolinas.org or sign up by emailing makingkids1st@gmail.com.

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 currently seeking community members to donate food, toys 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 the programs LHCC offers at no cost to local needy community members. The programs include after-school meals, literacy programs, homework and reading support, and summer enrichment. To learn more, visit www.lhcclt.org or call 980-297-5114.

York County Library

Food for Fines

York County Libraries will collect “Food for Fines” through Dec. 31 to encourage the return of overdue library materials. 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 in the community. For more information or to find a location, visit 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 the LFANC receives between now and Dec. 31 will be matched up to $15,000 for a grand total of $30,000. The organization is 100 percent locally funded. 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 through Dec. 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, dedicated to caring for the physical and emotional needs of children and their families.

Cookies for a Cause

Stockings of Hope

Help Cookies for a Cause accomplish 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. Make a monetary donation at www.cookies4acause.org/Stockings_of_Hope.html or drop off physical 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 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, SC. Registration 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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