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Cabarrus Residents Can Participate in Annual Gift Tree Program

Nov 21, 2013 03:30PM ● By Jason Huddle
CONCORD  — Cabarrus County residents are being encouraged to spread a little kindness this holiday season. Each tag on a Wendy Gainey Memorial Christmas Tree represents a local holiday wish. By hand-selecting a tag, participants can give someone more than a present, said organizers. "(They can give) the joy of anticipation when they are handed a gift they may not otherwise receive and the blessing of a stranger’s kindness."

Through Cabarrus County Helping Hearts and Hands (Ch3), an employee-run charitable committee, Cabarrus residents can join County employees in selecting a tag and making a holiday wish a reality for local children, individuals in group homes, senior citizens, veterans and more who are serviced by Cabarrus County’s partner agencies. Just before Christmas, Ch3 volunteers will deliver the gifts to the agencies.

Formerly called the Ch3 Helping Hands Tree, the program was renamed in 2011 to honor the memory of Wendy Gainey, a long-time employee of Cabarrus who was passionate about giving back to this community.

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 10.

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 10, at 5 p.m. to the tree location where you selected the gift tag.


For additional information, please contact Laura Hatley at 704-920-2568 or visit

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