County Collecting Gifts for Children, Disabled Adults and Elderly

The community is invited to join Cabarrus County employees in helping local families and individuals have a merrier holiday. For the seventh year, Cabarrus Helping Hearts and Hands (CH3), an employee-run charitable committee, is partnering with the community to provide gifts for foster children, individuals in group homes, senior citizens and others.

Much like an “angel tree,” the Ch3 Wendy Gainey Memorial Christmas Tree contains gift tags with gift lists for children and adults served by CVAN, The Arc of Cabarrus County, Cabarrus Meals on Wheels, Cabarrus County Senior Centers, Cabarrus Group Homes, Department of Social Services, Carolina Children’s Center, Coltrane LIFE Center, Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, Cabarrus County Veterans Services and the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County.

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

  • Cabarrus County Governmental Center, 65 Church Street, Concord;

  • Cabarrus County Senior Center, 331 Corban Avenue SE, Concord;

  • Cabarrus County Senior Center, 8615 Park Drive, Mount Pleasant;

  • Cabarrus County Public Library - Concord, 27 Union Street North, Concord;

  • Cabarrus County Public Library – Kannapolis, 850 Mountain Street, Kannapolis;

  • Cabarrus County Public Library – Mt. Pleasant, 8556 Cook Street, Mt. Pleasant

  • Cabarrus County Public Library – Harrisburg, 201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg.


Unwrapped presents in gift bags are due back by December 8 to the location where the gift tag was collected.

Here’s how it works:

  • Select a gift tag from the tree in one of the seven 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 sign up 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 Thursday, December 8 by 5 p.m. to the location where the gift tag was collected.

Formally called the Ch3 Helping Hands Tree, the tree was renamed this year to honor the memory of Wendy Gainey, a Cabarrus County employee who actively volunteered for this project each year.

For additional information, please contact Susan Donaldson at Cabarrus County Senior Center at 704-920-3484.