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As the holiday season approaches, our hearts are filled with the spirit of giving and the desire to make a positive impact in our community. This year-end holiday giving guide is your gateway to spreading joy, hope, and support to those in need.

Join us in celebrating the true spirit of the holidays through acts of kindness and giving back.

We’ve curated a list ofΒ  organizations and meaningful ways to donate, ensuring that your generosity leaves a lasting mark during this season of compassion and goodwill. Whether you’re passionate about ensuring children receive gifts, or contributing to causes close to your heart, you’ll find a multitude of opportunities to make a difference.Β 

Gift Donations – Child/Family

Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA Empty Stocking Fund

🧸 Unwrapped New Gift Donations
🧸 Shop for a Family

πŸ“… Deadline: Dec 9, 2023

The Empty Stocking Fund has been helping families in need in Cabarrus County & Kannapolis for 87 years! Through donations, the YMCA is able to help provide gifts to kids and teens ages sixteen and under in our community.

Bring in unwrapped Christmas gifts and place the gift in one of the barrels set out in November or take a stocking off one ofΒ  lobby Christmas trees and shop for an entire family! Drop off locations will be available at all Cabarrus County YMCA branches.

Learn more details about this program.

Make a monetary donation here.

CCM Adopt-A-Family Program

🧸 Shop For a Family
🧸Wrapping not required

πŸ“… Deadline: Dec 15, 2023

The Adopt-A-Family Program is designed to help those that are in the most critical need this holiday season and is coordinated by CCM. The program pairs referred clients/families with groups or individuals who have volunteered to β€œAdopt” a family for Christmas. Referrals come from school counselors or social workers.

Note: It is your responsibility to get your family their gifts a week before Christmas. Set up a central location to personally give them their gifts.

Learn more details about this program.

Make a monetary donation here.

Marine Toys For Tots Program

🧸 Unwrapped New Gift Donations
🧸 Various Drop-Off Locations

πŸ“… Collecting: October-December

The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.

This program helps approximately 30 local agencies by collecting toys, books, and school supplies for needy children in Cabarrus County.

Note: Toys for Tots accepts only new, unwrapped toys.

πŸ“ Find a drop-off location here.

Learn more details about this program.

Make a monetary donation here.

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child

🎁 Gift-Filled Shoeboxes
🎁 Wrapping Not Required

πŸ“… National Collection Week: Nov 13-20

Operation Christmas Child delivers great joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to children in need around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes. Each box packed full of quality toys, school supplies, and personal care items becomes a tangible expression of God’s immense love for the child. For many, it is their first gift ever! Delivered by our local church partners, shoebox gifts provide an opportunity to present the Gospel to boys and girls in a clear, child-friendly way.

πŸ“¦ Learn how to pack a Shoebox here.

πŸ“ Find a drop-off location here.

Learn more details about this program.

Make a monetary donation here.

Cabarrus Partnership For Children Cuddle Up Coat Drive

πŸ§₯ New and gently used coats
πŸ§₯ Various Drop-Off Locations

πŸ“… Collecting: October-December

The Cuddle Up Coat Drive is an initiative of the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children that provides coats and other winter clothing items to young children in need in our community. Each year, our organization collects and purchases hundreds of winter coats that are then distributed to children throughout the county.

Help keep every child in Cabarrus County warm this winter!

Note: Gently used coats should be washed and clean before donating.

Learn more details about this program.

Make a monetary donation here.

Carolina Christmas Angels

🧸 Unwrapped New Gift Donations
🧸 Sponsor a Child

πŸ“… Dec 9, 2023

For over 8 years, Carolina Christmas Angels has helped spread the joy of Christmas to hundreds of local underprivileged families in need. We provide gift packages (clothing, shoes and toys) to children aged 13 years or younger.

Each year, through fundraising and dedicated sponsors, we collect toys and clothing providing the only Christmas gifts that our families will receive. Funds raised go to our kids and a hot meal for our families at our annual Christmas party. We are 100% volunteer-driven.

πŸ“ Drop-off toy donations at any of the four Hartsell Funeral Homes locations.

Learn more about this program.

Make a monetary donation here.

CPFC Duffle Bags of Hope

πŸŽ’ New Item Donations
πŸŽ’ Help Fill a Duffle Bag

πŸ“… Ongoing Program

The Cabarrus Partnership for Children’s Duffle Bags of Hope program focuses on children ages 12 and older due to there not being enough resources available to this age group in our local foster care system.

Duffle bags are assembled with comfort and personal care items. From toothbrushes and clothing to comforting items like stuffed animals or blankets, these bags aim to address immediate needs while also fostering a sense of emotional security.

Learn more details about this program.

Make a monetary donation here.

Gift Donations – Seniors

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels Santa on Wheels

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels Santa on Wheels

πŸ›οΈ Shop for a Senior
πŸ›οΈ Wrapped Gift Donations

πŸ“… Deadline: Dec 1, 2023

Beginning in November each year, the community can adopt a client’s name from the Santa on Wheels Christmas tree at the Cabarrus Meals on Wheels office to receive a gift wish list.

There are approximately 300 clients who are in need of being adopted for Christmas. Many of these clients do not have family to celebrate with and these gifts bring them so much joy.

Note: Gifts are dropped off at CMOW and delivered with their daily hot meal.

Learn more details about this program.

Make a monetary donation here.

CCM Senior Care & Share Shoeboxes

🎁 Gift-Filled Shoeboxes
🎁 Wrapping Not Required

πŸ“… Deadline: Dec 4, 2023

Many seniors live on fixed incomes. A Senior Care & Share Shoebox spreads holiday cheer to someone who may not have much to look forward to this time of the year. Our goal is to collect 425 shoe boxes for Christmas 2023.

Simply pack a plastic shoebox with items and include a personal card or note. Please mark if your box is for a male or female on the top of your box and return to the Crisis Center, 246 Country Club Dr. NE, Concord, NC and we’ll be sure that a senior in need receives your box of cheer!

Learn more about this program.

Make a monetary donation here.

Wendy Gainey Memorial Christmas Tree Program

πŸ‘š Shop for a Senior or Veteran
πŸ‘š Unwrapped New Gift Donations

πŸ“… Deadline: Dec 1, 2023

The Gainey Memorial Christmas Tree is hosted each year by Cabarrus County Helping Hearts and Hands (Ch3), an employee-led charitable committee.

Cabarrus residents are invited to join County employees in selecting a tag and making a holiday wish a reality for local senior citizens, veterans, and more.

πŸ“ Tagged trees are located at the Senior Center (Concord) and within Cabarrus County Libraries.

Learn more details about this program.

Gift Donations – Animals

Shelter Wish Tree

🐾 Shop for Pet Supplies
🐾 Shelter Donations

πŸ“… Deadline: Dec 24, 2023

Each holiday season the Humane Society of Concord & Greater Cabarrus County hosts their Shelter Wish Trees. Stop by Ruth’s Memorial Shelter to select a stocking which contains a photo of an animal in their care and their wish list. Or, follow them on Facebook to claim an animal to shop for.

Drop off items at the shelters or have them shipped directly from where you purchased the items.

Make a monetary donation here.

Events With an Impact

2nd Annual Lights of Love and Tree Lighting Ceremony

🌟 Purchase a Light Memorial
🌟 Attend Ceremony

πŸ“… Nov 29, 2023 | 6pm
πŸ“ Margie Campbell Healing Garden

Join Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation for their 2nd Annual Lights of Love campaign and Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by Wilkinson Funeral Home. Purchase a Light of Love to honor or memorialize someone who has touched your life in a special way this year.

Your donations will support the Emergency Departments at Atrium Health Cabarrus, including both free-standing locations in Kannapolis and Harrisburg. Last year alone, these Emergency Departments treated a total of 125,000 patients! They are dedicated to providing round-the-clock, comprehensive and high-quality medical care to people of all ages.

Learn more and purchase a Light of Love.

Festival of Trees

πŸŽ„ 3 Day Event
πŸŽ„ Gala, Holly-Day Hop, Fa-la-la Lunch

πŸ“… Dec 1-3, 2023 | 6pm
πŸ“ The Hotel Concord

Held each year, the Boys & Girls Club’s Festival of Trees is the premiere event to ring in the holiday season! Kick-off Christmas at the historic Hotel Concord with over 40 theme-decorated tree creations, dreamy lights, and holiday cheer!

Event Highlights:

  • Deck the Halls Gala: The weekend of events begins on Friday with an elegant evening of dining, dancing and singing along with InfiniteSoul.
  • Holly-Day Hop: On Saturday, the shag style shenanigans of The Tonez will get you on your toes after a delicious buffet meal.
  • Fa-la-la Lunch: Sunday tops off the festivities with a tasty Fa-la-la Lunch among the trees.

Learn more and purchase tickets.

Chili Cook-Off Benefiting Toys for Tots

🎟️ $10 Tickets
🌢️ Unlimited Sampling

πŸ“… Dec 2, 2023 | 2-5pm
πŸ“ Old Armor Beer Company

Calling all chili lovers and beer enthusiasts! Join Old Armor Beer Company for an exciting Chili Cook-Off. They have teamed up with Eleven Lakes Brewing Co. to support a great cause: Toys for Tots!

Mark your calendars and make your way to Old Armor for a delicious afternoon of chili tastings, refreshing brews, and guest taps from Eleven Lakes Brewing Co.

To sample, the day of will be $10 per person for unlimited sampling. Gather your friends and family, bring your appetites and generous spirits, and join teh fun at Old Armor as they heat up the competition and raise funds for Toys For Tots.

Learn more about this event

Wreaths Across America

🌲 Sponsor a Wreath
🌲 Attend Ceremony

πŸ“… Dec 16, 2023 | 12pm
πŸ“ Oakwood Cemetery

Wreaths Across America, a national movement, honors veterans and teaches the next generation about sacrifices made for freedom. On Dec. 16, 2023, at Oakwood Cemetery, 1600 sponsored wreaths will be placed on veterans’ graves to ensure their remembrance and bring the community together in patriotic commemoration.

  • Sponsor a wreath for $17 by Nov 28th
  • Attend the ceremony on Dec 16th
  • Volunteer to help place wreaths on Dec 16th
  • Volunteer to help pick up wreaths on Jan 27th

Learn more and sponsor a wreath.

Volunteer Opportunities

1CAN Cards for Seniors

1CAN needs notecards we can add to our monthly Senior bags. A simple handmade note that says hello or wishes them a nice day will mean the world to these seniors who see hardly anyone. Cards can be made in the classroom and mailed to 1CAN. Contact 1CAN for more information.

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels Meal Delivery

Volunteers are our wheels to deliver the hot meals we provide to the elderly and homebound of Cabarrus County. If you’re on holiday time from work, have college aged or teen children out of school for winter break, or can spare a few hours mid-day, consider delivering meals. Contact Taylor Brock at 704.932.3412 or to get learn more.

Cooperative Christian Ministry

Volunteers are the heart of this ministry. Whatever your skills and time constraints are, we welcome your commitment to making a difference by donating your time. Individuals and groups are invited. Contact Lorie Williams at 704.490.4245 orΒ  send her a message here to get started.

Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County

We have a volunteer opportunity for each and every one of you! There’s more to affordable housing than hammers and nails. Give us a call at 704-786-4001 or email us at to hear about all our opportunities to serve!

Humane Society of Concord & Greater Cabarrus

Are you interested in making a difference by volunteering a few hours with HSOC? Our volunteers engage in a variety of activities, from shelter care and pet transportation to administrative tasks, fundraising, and educational outreach. Learn more about out volunteer tasks here.

Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA Empty Stocking Fund

Volunteers make the YMCA Empty Stocking Fund possible. Volunteer your time to sort, wrap, or assist with gift pickup. Great for groups or individuals. Signup to volunteer here. Contact Philip Belfield at 704.939.9622 or with questions or for more information.

Year-End Giving: Non-Profit Support

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Your financial support fuels our mission, fostering more college graduates, community leaders, and entrepreneurs in our community by enabling us to recruit mentors, cover background check costs, and provide ongoing support and enriching activities for our program participants.

Boys and Girls Club

Your support is key to providing kids the opportunity for a Great Future. Making a donation is a great way to spread your generosity, ensuring the programs you care about will continue to help local kids thrive. Your donation enables us to serve our Club members TODAY….and responsibly plan to meet their needs tomorrow.

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels Holiday Card

We will send your loved ones a card for a $25 donation per card stating a week’s worth of hot meals was given in their honor to a home bound senior in Cabarrus County. A great way to honor your friends, family, or business associates.

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels relies on donor support to provide nutritious meals to the homebound in Cabarrus County. Your gift ensures that we will be there to provide for those who depend on us every day.

The Community Free Clinic

Donations support the services the clinic offers which include medical, pharmacy and dental services as well as Lifestyle Medicine assessments and care plans. Monetary contributions directly provide services to those most in need who would otherwise have no access to medical care.

Gate Pregnancy Resource Center

Your support makes a significant impact on our ability to serve our clients and fulfill our mission. Gate PRC is your ultimate pregnancy resource, breaking free from society’s one-size-fits-all approach. Your donations enable us to provide pregnancy test results and personalized support to navigate any situation.

Princeton’s Meow

The Humane Society of Concord’s cage-free cat adoption facility. We greatly appreciate your support and would like to request your generous donation to help us acquire essential supplies for our cause. Your contributions will make a significant difference in supporting our mission.Β 

Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County

Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are living with a life-limiting illness as well as their families and caregivers. At Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, our goal is to help people live their last days as comfortably as possible, surrounded by family and friends.

The Lantern Project

Stand against human trafficking and sexual exploitation with The Lantern Project, a beacon of light in the battle against this global crisis. Join us in the fight against the fastest-growing criminal activity in the world, making a collective stand against human trafficking, enslavement, and exploitation.