Empty Stocking Fund/Adopt A Family
EMPTY STOCKING FUND
The Empty Stocking Fund is a holiday assistance program that has been around for 80 years! The program is designed to help struggling families experiencing crisis in our community. Families may receive assistance with toys through applying for assistance at the Toy Closet or they may submit an application through their children’s school counselor for Adopt a Family. Utility Assistance is used to help with utility bills. The Empty Stocking Fund consists of the following three important components:
The Toy Closet: Providing toys to qualified families, managed by the Cannon Memorial YMCA in Kannapolis, NC. The Toy Closet allows parents/guardians who qualify for assistance, the opportunity to apply for and receive toys at no cost. The age limit for the Toy Closet is 16.
Adopt-A-Family: The Family Adoption Program is designed to help those that are in the most critical need this holiday season and is coordinated by CCM. The Adopt a Family Program is designed to help referred clients/families with groups or individuals who have volunteered to “Adopt” a family for Christmas. Referrals come from school counselors and local agencies. Family adoptions are not guaranteed and are based on the amount of individuals willing to participate in this program. CCM does not take self-referrals. Individuals must submit an application through their school counselor and is especially for families not receiving help from any other source. The deadline to receive applications is November 2nd.
The Utility Assistance Program-Providing utility assistance, through financial donations received for this program, administered by CCM. Donations can be made to CCM at P.O. Box 1717, Concord, NC 28026-1717
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