Counting on a Christmas miracle

GaineyTreeOrnament11.14.12.gifNov. 15, 2012 — Resting on each Wendy Gainey Memorial Christmas Tree is a tag with the holiday wish of a local community member, including foster children, individuals in a group homes, senior citizens, veterans and others. Cabarrus County Helping Hearts and Hands (Ch3), an employee-run charitable committee, invites the greater community to join Cabarrus County employees in selecting a tag and making a holiday wish a reality.
Ch3 has hosted the tree program, which is similar to “angel trees,” for eight years. This year, organizers hope to meet the wishes of nearly 100 children and adults. Just before Christmas, Ch3 volunteers will deliver the gifts to individuals and families served by Cabarrus County’s agencies and community partners.
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 to the tree location where you selected the gift tag by Tuesday, December 11.

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 Tuesday, December 11, at 5 p.m. to the tree location where you selected the gift tag.
Formerly called the Ch3 Helping Hands Tree, the program was renamed in 2011 to honor the memory of Wendy Gainey, a Cabarrus County employee who actively volunteered for this project each year.
For additional information, please contact Anita Tucker at 704-920-2832.