Pour 64, a local Mint Hill business has partnered with Kids First of the Carolinas for the past three years. They are accepting donations or new bikes to be given to children and families in need for the Christmas holiday. Last year they raised $1300 and received donations of bikes and were able to provide 35 bicycles to children. This season their goal is 50 bicycles according to Sarah Brock, Owner, Pour 64.
Other local partners who are coordinating their efforts with Pour 64 include Tearmann Wood Werks owners Lisa and Mike Conger and the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department. “We are a great team, we hope to achieve our goal, making a meaningful difference in kids lives during the Christmas season is a very rewarding and humble experience,” said Brock.
Their mission is to provide Charlotte area families in need with the services and resources necessary to have the confidence and security to enjoy productive lives. With the assistance of the community and partners like Pour 64, they are able to provide Easter and Thanksgiving dinners, Easter baskets, food for children throughout the year, back-to-school supplies, clothing including a very special Christmas holiday.
For many families in our community, Christmas is a luxury. This is why for over 30 years, Kids First of the Carolinas has been committed to providing Christmas to thousands of children and families in need. Every year the organization has a Christmas party, a delightful meal, Christmas music, gifts, dancing, entertainment, and of course, Santa arriving on a red helicopter!
Kids First must work with local businesses, like Pour 64, and individuals to provide the necessary resources to fulfill their commitment to the community. They identify these families through a vast network of sponsors, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, neighborhood leaders, family, friends, and co-workers.
During Christmas, each child is asked for a wish list. Many only ask for food, clothing, shoes, or socks. Every child receives two wishes and clothing. The gifts are wrapped, ready to be placed under the tree. If the family cannot afford a tree, it can be provided. Every year, the real work begins the day after the party, to help those in need.
If you would like to find out more information about Kids First of the Carolinas, please go online to www.kidsfirstofthecarolinas.org. Also, if you want to make a contribution or donate a new bicycle for a child please contact Sarah at 704-651-4261.