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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

The Learning Experience

Coats for Kids: Preschoolers of The Learning Experience in Charlotte raised $1,330 to purchase coats for the Steve’s Coats for Kids, a coat drive organized by WSOC (Channel 9).

The fundraiser and center’s participation in Steve’s Coats for Kids is all in part of the academy’s first-of-its-kind philanthropy program and curriculum at the preschool level.

In addition to collecting funds to purchase coats, TLE Charlotte will conduct a drive during the first week of December to collect new and gently used coats in all sizes from participating members of the community. Details: www.thelearningexperience.com.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Volunteers needed: The nonprofit Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is seeking the public’s help to restock the treatment room with many basic first aid supplies.

Urgent needs are antibacterial ointment, Q-tips, gauze, Ace bandages, Vetwrap, Latex gloves, finger splints, medical tape, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, cotton balls and tweezers.

Donations can be dropped off 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the rescue, 5403 Poplin Road in Indian Trail. Cash donations may be written to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue and mailed to: P.O. Box 1484, Indian Trail, NC 28079, with “medical supplies” in the memo line. Details: www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com/donate.

Community Blood Center

Puppies for Patients: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has launched its 10th annual Puppies for Patients program, during November and December.

Blood donors are encouraged to donate and sign gift tags that will be attached to stuffed puppies and delivered to local hospitalized children. To find a blood drive, visit www.cbcc.us.

Second Chance Christmas

Fundraising party: Second Chance Christmas, Charlotte’s largest holiday party, will take place 7:30-11 p.m. Dec. 5 at Rooftop 210 in the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade. Party will benefit local children’s groups, hospitals, churches and more by donating thousands of toys. Cost is $40 with a new toy or $60 without a toy. Entrance includes food, music and more. Details: www.secondchancechristmas.org.

Culinary School of Charlotte

Annual fundraiser: The Community Culinary School of Charlotte will host its annual “Miracle on Monroe” holiday fundraiser 5:30-8  p.m. Dec. 9 at 9315-D Monroe Road. There will be fresh baked goods, appetizers, carving stations, holiday favorites, cooking demonstrations and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit CCSC, which provides workforce development training and job-placement assistance for adults who face barriers to long-term successful employment. Make reservations lakesha@communityculinary.org or call 704-375-4500.

Friends of Feral Felines

Community cat event: Friends of Feral Felines will host its Community Cat Event 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd. There will be holiday gift cat items and memorabilia, and a 50-50 raffle to benefit homeless cats. There are no animals permitted in the library. Details: www.friendsofferalfelines.org.

Safe Alliance

Holiday store: Safe Alliance, which aids victims of abuse, needs donations for its annual holiday store to allow women and children to shop for one another free. To find a list of gift items, visit www.safealliance.org. Donations may be dropped off at Sharma Oral Surgery, 12312 Copper Way, Suite 100, by Dec. 10. Last minute donations may be dropped off noon-6 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12 at The Park Church Independence, 800 Briar Creek Road. To volunteer at the holiday store, call 704-367-2775.

Caroline Calouche & Co.

Fundraising show: Caroline Calouche & Co., the area’s only nonprofit dance and aerial arts company, will hold its annual fundraising production of “Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.

Tickets range from $20-$45 and will benefit the nonprofit’s educational and artistic projects. Purchase tickets at www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/claras-trip-a-nutcracker-story or at the Blumenthal box office. Details: www.carolinecalouche.org.

Charlotte Chorale

Fundraiser concert: The local nonprofit Charlotte Chorale “Christmas Traditions” concert will take place 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.carolinatix.org.

The group also will collect $1 donations at the concert for its “Buy a Biscuit” program to buy sausage biscuits for soldiers traveling through Charlotte Douglas International Airport on their way home for the holidays. Details: www.charlottechoraleinc.org.

Ballantyne Hotel

Gingerbread house fundraiser: The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will display its gingerbread creations Dec. 11-28 at the hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Attendees can vote on their favorite house for $1 per vote, with proceeds benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital.

Masonic Lodge

Breakfast with Santa: The Meadow Branch Masonic Lodge will hold its annual breakfast with Santa fundraiser to benefit local charities 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 13 at the Lodge, 211 S. Stewart St. in Wingate. Adult breakfast is $5 and children are free. Pictures are $5 for two 3x5 prints. Details: 704-345-3833.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Phone Drive: Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial will hold his fourth annual Cell Phone for Soldiers drive to collect gently used cellphones for troops.

Phones can be donated at 8832 Blakeney Professional Drive, Suite 302 through Dec. 31. Details: 704-944-2080.

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