“Santa’s helpers are here!”
As we knocked on the door, you could hear a six-year-old little girl shout these words with pure excitement. The excitement of a young child whose Christmas wishes came true thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the Charlotte social media community and the #SCLThoops crew.
We set out a few weeks ago to create special holiday memories for two local families through our #CLTgivesback initiative. Many hundred tweets and Facebook postings later, with all the donations made and gifts purchased, we greeted the two families with $4,497 worth of presents and gift cards in hand.
What took place at that point is very hard to put into words – tears, hugs, prayers and definitely huge smiles all around. The true spirit of Christmas was never more evident.
“…thank you all for your wonderful gestures. We appreciate everything and thank you so much,” said one of the mothers, as she beamed with joy and excitement after the family opened their gifts. That mother, and her kids, were so excited they decided to open everything right then and there.
Thanks to our support and provision, these two families will forever cherish the memories of this holiday season.
Molly, from Matthews Help Center, after seeing the gifts for the first family, told us that “a couple families hit the jackpot every year.”
Charlotte, through #CLTgivesback, you created this year’s jackpot.
Thank you for stepping up in a massive way to not only spread the word, but contribute, and create a holiday experience, that these families will, surely, never forget.